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COVID-19 Important Notice

To protect the health of our staff and customers during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • N.C. Vital Records has temporarily suspended walk-in service.
  • All services are still available by mail or online.
  • Main switchboard: (919) 733-3000; Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
  • Vital Records services will be delayed, and delivery times will fluctuate in response to new developments. Thank you for your patience.


Vital Records
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Current Processing Times for Vital Records Certificates

Standard Orders for Certificates

Due to current request volume, the processing times for non-expedited standard orders (for births and other certificates that require no changes) are significantly delayed and will be processed in the order received.

We attempt to process expedited standard orders (for births and other certificates that require no changes) within 30 business days of receipt. Please note, however, that turnaround times may vary depending on request volume.

Changes to Records

Turnaround times for both expedited and non-expedited requests to change a record, such as adoptions, amendments, legitimations and name changes are all currently significantly delayed. We are working to process these requests as quickly as possible in the order received.

Same-Day Service

  • Same-day walk-in service is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
  • Main switchboard: 919-733-3000; Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Other Options

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Register of Deeds off-site link (ROD) office in the county where the event took place. (Please be aware that N.C. Vital Records is the only place to get a birth certificate for an adopted child.) Divorce certificates may be obtained from the clerk of court off-site link in the county where the divorce is filed.

What You Can Get Here

  • Birth Certificates: 1913-Present
  • Death Certificates: 1930-Present
  • Marriage Certificates: 1962-Present
  • Divorce Certificates: 1958-Present
  • Fetal Death Reports: 2001-Present

Order a certificate. Need older records? Here is some information that could help.