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North Carolina law requires payment before a certificate search or a service can be provided. Fees are not refundable after a search or service has been provided. Certificates are sent first class mail unless otherwise requested and additional fees are applied. When ordering through N.C. Vital Records, our fee schedule is:

Search fee (includes one copy, if the record is found on file)1 $24
Additional copies of same certificate $15 each
Additional searches (each three year period or portion thereof) $24
Amending birth or death certificates or fetal death reports $15
Expedited processing fee $15
Expedited processing and expedited shipping within continental U.S. $35
Expedited processing and expedited shipping outside of continental U.S.2 Varies

1Includes one copy if record is located. Search fees and expedite fees are non-refundable even if a record is not located.

2For expedited shipping outside the continental United States, call for rates or include a prepaid express shipping envelope.

Vital Records does not charge a processing fee for paternities.

Methods of Payment

Fees may be paid by one of the following methods:

  • Money order.
  • Certified check.
  • Business check.
  • Credit or debit card through VitalChek off-site link or in-person.
  • Cash is accepted only for in-person services. Please do not send cash in the mail. Same-day walk-in (in-person) service is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

(Make certified checks, business checks and money orders payable to N.C. Vital Records. No personal checks please.)