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North Carolina Birth Certificates From North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics

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North Carolina Birth Certificate Types

  • Certified Birth Certificate – Certified copies of birth certificates that may be used for practically all legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment. Birth certificates are available for all births since 1913. 
  • Uncertified Birth Certificate – Uncertified birth certificates may not be used for legal or official purposes. These copies may be used to serve informational purposes only.
Apply to receive this document from the North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics.

Certified Birth Certificate

Apply to receive this document from the North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics.
Apply to receive this document from the North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics.

Uncertified Birth Certificate

Apply to receive this document from the North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics.
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Who can order?

Under North Carolina law, birth certificates of births less than 100 years old are considered “closed records.” Only individuals showing a legitimate and tangible interest may be issued certified copies of birth certificates upon paying the appropriate fees, providing proof of identification, and filling out the application form:

The individual whose name appears on the birth certificate (registrant)

The registrant’s immediate family: mother, father (if listed), current spouse, adult sibling, maternal grandparent, paternal grandparent (if father listed on record) and adult child

Those with a direct and tangible legal purpose for acquiring the document

North Carolina Vital Statistics Agency Information

North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics

The North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics keeps records and issues certificates of vital events, such as birth, death, stillbirth, marriage, and divorce. Birth records are available for births that occurred starting 1913.

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North Carolina Birth Certificates

North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics issues certified copies of birth certificates, typically acceptable for most legal purposes, including proof of citizenship, school enrollment, personal identification, passports, social security, and employment.

Visit the North Carolina Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics’ official page for more information.

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