North Carolina Vital Records Applications and Forms
Form Name Number Pages Select
North Carolina Birth Certificate Application n/a 1
North Carolina Birth Certificate Application (espanol) n/a 1
North Carolina Death/Marriage/Divorce Application (espanol) n/a 1
North Carolina Death/Marriage/Divorce Application n/a 1

Office Information For North Carolina
Courier Address
North Carolina Vital Records
NC Vital Records
225 North McDowell Street
Cooper Memorial Health Building, 1st Floor
Raleigh NC 27603-1382
Mailing Address
North Carolina Vital Records
NC Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-1903
Physical Address
North Carolina Vital Records
NC Vital Records
225 N. McDowell St.
Raleigh NC 27603-1382
Record Period
BIRTH: October 1913 to Current, DEATH: January 1930 to Current, MARRIAGE: 1962 to Current, DIVORCE: 1958 to Current
BirthCertificate Fees
DeathCertificate Fees
MarriageCertificate Fees
Mail Turnaround
2-4 Weeks
Courier Turnaround
2-3 Working Days
Person Authorized to Order and Receive
Certified copies of certificates are available only to the following people: 
1. A person requesting a copy of his or her own vital records or that of the person's spouse, sibling, direct ancestor, direct descendant, stepparent, or stepchild 
2. A person seeking information for a legal determination of personal or property rights or 
3. An authorized agent, attorney, or legal representative of a person described in (1) or (2) above 

Payment Requirement
Send the completed form with certified check or money order in the correct amount to North Carolina Vital Records. DO NOT SEND CASH.
Special Requirement
In order to process a request, Vital Records needs to know: Birth Certificate * Full Name on Certificate * Date of Birth * Mother's Full Maiden Name * Father's Full Name * Place (City or County) of Birth Death Record * Full Name of Deceased * Date of Death * Place (City or County) of Death * Date of Birth Marriage Record * Full Name of Groom * Full Name of Bride * Date of Marriage * Place (City or County) Where License Was Issued Divorce Record * Full Name of Husband * Full Name of Wife * Date of Divorce * Place (City or County) of Divorce In addition, in order to receive a certified copy, you must provide the requestor's relationship to the person named on the record. If the requestor is not of the immediate family, a brief statement as to why the certificate is needed MUST be included.
Adoptee Information
Amendments / Corrections / Paternity Acknowledgment
Notes from the Office
Fee: $15.00 ($30.00 for expedited service) 
In order to process a request, Vital Records needs to know the following information: 
* Full Name of Husband 
* Full Name of Wife 
* Date of Divorce 
* Place (City or County) of Divorce 
These should be ordered in the same manner as one orders marriage, birth and death certificates. 
In-person certificate requests may be made at the N.C. Vital Records office on the first floor of the Cooper Memorial Health Building at 225 N. McDowell Street, Raleigh, N.C. between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday Friday, except on state government holidays. Walk-in requests for same day service are subject to an additional $15 expedited services fee and will usually be fulfilled in about one hour. Customers are encouraged to leave completed requests forms with us for a mailed response to avoid the extra fee for same day services. In that case, normal turnaround time is two weeks plus mail delivery. 
Location - Cooper Building 
225 N. McDowell St. 
Raleigh, NC 27603-1382 
Vital Records: (919) 733-3000  
1) Fees are for a search, regardless of the results. Search fees are not refundable. Any additional request to search in 5-year increments for records outside of the original 5-year period will cost an additional $15. 
2) Expedited service may also be requested by mail. Requests must include a completed and signed Application form and appropriate fees in the form of a check or money order. Both the Application form and envelope should be marked "Expedited Request Enclosed." Once received, mail requests for expedited service are processed within approximately 2 business days. Please allow for mail delivery time. 
For the most rapid service, expedited requests should be sent via UPS or FedEx only to our physical address (noted above) 
A Typical Fee Breakdown for Expedited Service by Mail: 
* Search fee...$15.00 
Expedite fee...$15.00 
Overnight delivery by FedEx (if desired) is $15.50 for North Carolina destinations and $20 for out-of-state destinations. 
Additional copies of the same certificate are $15.00 each when ordered at the same time as the original request. 
3) For birth records prior to the dates listed above, contact the local Register of Deeds office in the county where the birth occurred.  
4) For death certificates prior to 1930, contact the North Carolina State Archives.

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