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N.C. Vital Records is part of the DHHS Division of Public Health and is located in Raleigh. In partnership with county registers of deeds offices, local health departments, and birthing facilities throughout the state, we are responsible for recording North Carolina vital events. This includes responsibility for legally registering all births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, and divorces which occur in North Carolina; coding these events for statistical purposes; maintaining these records; and providing certified or uncertified copies to individuals, researchers, and public health programs.

Individual vital records are legal documents that are preserved in a secure environment and may be corrected, amended or replaced over time. Vital event information is computerized for health research, and the statistical data produced is used by government and public health officials to address health problems in North Carolina.

North Carolina has an active Vital Records Fraud Prevention Program. We cooperate with local, state, and federal officials to reduce fraudulent use of vital records and to identify criminal use of vital records. All original records are maintained in a secure, fire-resistant environment.

Management Staff:

  • Catherine Ryan: State Registrar and Director
  • Vickie Pearce: Deputy State Registrar
  • Victoria Godwin: Customer Service Manager
  • Grey Gurganus: Electronic Birth Registration System Program Manager and Accounting Manager
  • Rick Tucker: Vital Records Statistics and Information Systems Manager