How do I get a North Carolina birth certificate?
Birth certificates in North Carolina are available to the following individuals:
- • The person named on the birth certificate (if they are at least 18 years old)
- • The parents or legal guardians of the person named on the birth certificate
- • Spouses, siblings, and adult children of the person named on the birth certificate with valid identification and proof of relationship
- • Legal representatives or authorized government agencies with a court order or other legal document.
When ordering a birth certificate, you will need to provide the following information:
- • Full name at birth
- • Date and place of birth
- • Mother's full maiden name
- • Father's full name (if listed on the certificate)
- • Relationship to the person named on the certificate
- • Valid government-issued photo identification (such as a driver's license)
- • Online: Birth certificates can be ordered online through the North Carolina Vital Records office website (https://vitalrecords.nc.gov/order.htm). You will need to complete the online application form and pay the required fee using a credit or debit card.
- • By mail: You can also order a birth certificate by mail. You will need to download and complete the birth certificate application form from the North Carolina Vital Records website, and include a photocopy of your valid identification and payment for the fee (check or money order). The application and payment should be mailed to: North Carolina Vital Records, 1903 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1900.
- • In person: If you prefer to order in person, you can visit the North Carolina Vital Records office in Raleigh. You will need to bring a valid photo ID, and payment for the fee (cash, check, or money order).
Processing Time and Fees:
The fee for a birth certificate in North Carolina is $24. Processing times for online and in-person orders are usually within 5 business days, while processing time for mail orders can take up to 15 business days. Expedited services are also available for an additional fee.
It's important to note that birth certificates in North Carolina are confidential records, and therefore can only be obtained by those who are eligible and can provide the required information and documentation.