How to Obtain Birth Certificates in North Carolina
Sometimes you need to verify your identity using a birth certificate. If you have lost your original, you can obtain a certified copy that is appropriate for legal purposes such as getting a driver’s license, passport, entering the military or applying to a school.
If you were born in North Carolina, you could obtain a copy of yours pretty easily by following the process below.
The North Carolina Vital Records office handles all birth certificate requests and has been retaining birth records since 1913. Copies can be obtained by visiting the Register of Deeds office in the city where you were born, or by mail or online.
First, you will need to download the application and complete it. You can then visit their Raleigh office in person Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. or mail it in.
If you plan on visiting in person go to:
North Carolina Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1900
If you decide to mail in your application, be sure to include a copy of your photo ID, along with the fees and mail to the address above. If you want expedited service, write “Expedite” on the outside of your envelope.
Wait times are about five weeks for processing.
Regardless of how you apply, you will need the following information:
- Name on the certificate.
- Mother’s full name.
- Father’s full name.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Requestor’s relationship to the person listed on the record.
You will also need to pay a $24 non-refundable fee for the first copy and $15 for each additional copy. You may only pay with a money order, certified bank check or business check. They do not accept personal checks. For expedited processing, add $15, this includes walk-in service.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.