How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in North Carolina?
Often after a divorce, you find that you need a copy of your divorce certificate to validate your marital status, name change or identity. If your divorce was granted in North Carolina, you can obtain one pretty easily by following the process below.
The North Carolina Health and Human Services Vital Records Department handles copies of vital records including divorce certificate. They have been archiving divorce records since 1958.
You may obtain a copy in-person by visiting their offices at:
North Carolina Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1900
Walk-in service is available only during the hours of 8 a.m. - 3.m. Monday through Friday.
Processing time can be up to 6-8 weeks so you may expedite the process by downloading the application here first and showing up in person.
You will need to have the following information with you:
- A valid photo ID.
- Full names of both husband and wife.
- Date of the divorce.
- Place of the divorce (city or county).
- Your relationship with the parties.
You may also visit the courthouse where your divorce was granted to obtain a copy if you like.
The standard fee is $24 payable via cash, a certified check or money order. No personal checks are accepted. It is another $15 for each additional copy. You may also choose to have your order expedited through the mail, and that is another $15 fee.
If you show up in person, be aware that you will pay the $24 fee and the $15 expedited fee for same-day service.
All fees are non-refundable.
You may also use an online service such as VitalChek.com to search and request a copy. They offer expedited service, and you can pay with a credit card.
Your other option is to contact your original divorce lawyer and get a copy from them. If they do not still have yours, they can obtain one for you through the court system. Additional legal fees may apply if you decide to use this method.