NC Vital Records: Fees and Payment

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 as shown below.

Fee Schedule

Search or Service Fee Fee Notes
Standard Certificate Search Fee (includes one copy of the certificate, if a record is found) $24 See other search or service types below, such as Birth Certificates after Adoptions. Search fees and expedite fees are non-refundable even if a record is not located. If no record is found, you will be sent a letter.
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  
Birth Certificates after Adoption $15 for the preparation of the new certificate + $24 for the first copy of the requested certificate + $15 for each additional copy.  
Court-Ordered Name Changes $15 for the name change + $24 for the first copy of the requested certificate + $15 for each additional copy.  
Expedited processing fee $15 Expedite fees are non-refundable even if a record is not located.
Expedited processing and expedited shipping within continental U.S. $35  
Expedited processing and expedited shipping outside of continental U.S. Varies For expedited shipping outside the continental United States, call for rates or include a prepaid express shipping envelope.
Legitimations $15 for the legitimation request + $24 for the first copy of the requested certificate + $15 for each additional copy.  
Paternities No charge for a standard paternity request.  

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 
  • Cash is accepted only for in-person services. Please do not send cash in the mail
  • Make certified checks, business checks and money orders payable to N.C. Vital Records. No personal checks, please.
  • Same-day walk-in (in-person) service is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Last Modified: May 16, 2021