North Carolina Vital Records

Certificate Purchase Walk-In Services Resumed Feb. 1 (Appointments Only)

Before placing your certificate order, we strongly recommend you check the processing dates page for estimated processing and shipping dates to determine if estimated timeframes would meet your needs. If not, you may want to consider ordering a birth, death or marriage certificate from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event occurred. Divorce certificates may also be obtained from theĀ clerk of court in the county where the divorce is filed.

Expedited mail service has been temporarily suspended as of 1/10/2022. If your expedited order was postmarked prior to the suspension, it will be processed as an expedited order.

Some walk-in (in-person) certificate services have resumed by appointment only. Expedited processing fees ($15) apply in addition to the fees assessed for the service you are requesting. Expedited service is available only by visiting us at the state office. To make an appointment for expedited certificate purchase walk-in services only, please use the NC Vital Records Appointments calendar or call 919-792-5982.

  • The appointments calendar provides scheduling for a 30-day period. If no appointments are currently available, please check back, as more appointments should become available later in the month.
  • Note: At this time, NCOVR is not accepting appointments for amendments or delayed registration of birth.

Did You Know? Alternatively, you may order a birth, death or marriage certificate from your Register of Deeds. Divorce certificates may also be obtained from theĀ clerk of court in the county where the divorce is filed.

NC Vital Records is part of the NCDHHS, 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 vital events for statistical purposes
  • maintaining vital records
  • and providing certified or uncertified copies to individuals, researchers, and public health programs.

Learn More

Regular walk-in service is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19; however, some walk-in (in-person) services have resumed by appointment only. Scheduling details are available on the full Contacts page.

Mailing Address

North Carolina Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1900

Physical Address

Cooper Memorial Health Building
225 N. McDowell St.
Raleigh, NC 27603-1382

Hours, Phone and Fax

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m., except for state holidays
Main: (919) 733-3000
Fax: (919) 733-1511

Last Modified: March 27, 2022