North Carolina Public Records: How to obtain public records in North Carolina

All births, deaths, and other public records are handled by the North Carolina Vital Records Unit. This organization has only recently allowed walk-in requests (as of 2004) but will still only process simple requests.

Any search done on a walk-in basis has a mandatory expedited fee the researcher will have to pay. This fee is currently $15.  Keep in mind this fee is only to do the search right there on the spot – additional fees will apply.
You can order all pertinent records on-line from home:

The above method is probably the best for ease of convenience and due to the restrictions placed on requests by going in person. You will also save yourself money although there are other fees which are still going to be processed to complete your search. You can either call to request the documents you wish to have or order them over your computer. All forms are accessible here:
All Certified Copies may be ordered:
By mail – All forms and fees can be sent in to be processed. You may send these items to:
NC Vital Records
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1903

You can also go in person by visiting the North Carolina State Archives:
225 N. McDowell St.
Raleigh, NC 27603-1382
Vital Records: (919) 733-3526
Electronically – You will find all relevant information here:

Questions – You can reach assistance between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (919) 733-3526 

Most questions can be answered online and you will probably save yourself more time if you can do it on-line, which will give you any information and details you might have.

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