NC Vital Records: Delayed Birth Certificates
A person born in North Carolina who is more than one year of age and for whom a birth certificate has not been registered may file a delayed certificate of birth with the register of deeds in the county of birth.
Before beginning the process of filing a delayed certificate of birth, you must first have a formal search done by North Carolina Vital Records to ensure that there is no certificate already on file.
How to Start the Process of Requesting a Delayed Birth Certificate
- Complete the Application for a Copy of a North Carolina Birth Certificate (PDF, 940 KB) form. This form serves the purpose of requesting a search to ensure that there is no certificate already on file.
- There is a non-refundable $24 search fee. See Fees.
Note: For children one year of age and under, contact the deputy registrar at the local health department in the county of birth for assistance in filing a standard birth certificate.
- If no birth record is located in this office, a "NO RECORD FOUND" letter will be issued.
- Take or send this letter to the register of deeds in the county of birth when you request a delayed certificate be filed. The register of deeds will inform you of its applicable fees.
- The applicant will be required to provide documents proving the facts of birth.
- N.C. Vital Records will not process the delayed birth certificate application until it has been processed in the county office.
Phone: (919) 733-3000
Last Modified: January 9, 2022