NC Vital Records: General Issuance Processing Dates

Important Note Regarding Processing Times

The dates below apply only to regular birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificate requests. They do NOT apply to special registrations / amendments, such as adoptions, court-ordered name changes, legitimations, paternity changes, changes to death certificates, etc. Special registration requests (amendments) require additional steps compared to regular requests that don't involve any changes. Processing times for amendments are not included in the table and vary for numerous reasons.

For questions about a specific general issuance (regular) certificate request, please submit the General Issuance Certificate Status Request Form. Do not use the General Issuance (Regular) Certificate inquiry form for special registrations / amendments, such as adoptions, court-ordered name changes, legitimations, paternity changes, changes to death certificates.

Current General Issuance Processing Dates (Updated Weekly)

Service VitalChek Regular (Non-Expedited) Expedited
Birth Certificates - 1971 to present 9/16/2021 6/15/2021 7/08/2021
Birth Certificates - 1913 to 1970 8/16/2021 12/03/2020 6/26/2021
Death Certificates - 1930 to present 8/16/2021 12/15/2020 6/26/2021
Marriage Certificates - 1962 to present 8/11/2021 12/02/2020 6/26/2021
Divorce Certificates - 1958 to present 8/11/2021 12/02/2020 6/26/2021

* VitalChek is a third-party processing service. Since 1987, VitalChek has provided services to order official copies or replacements of government-issued birth, death, marriage and divorce records. VitalChek is an official service provider for hundreds of government agencies throughout the United States.

 Background Concerning General Issuance Processing Times

Due to COVID-19 related closures, staffing shortages, and the exciting launch of our Birth and Death Registration System, North Carolina Database Application for Vital Events (NCDAVE), North Carolina Office of Vital Records (NCOVR) has experienced and continues to experience significant delays. NCDAVE is a major step towards the modernization of the NCOVR.

In the meantime, NCOVR is working as diligently as possible to fulfill NCOVR requests. We expect that the implementation of the new system and increase in staffing will lead to shorter processing times. We apologize for any delays during this transition. We understand the frustrations that delays may cause and are working to get back to normal as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Last Modified: November 19, 2021