Session Law 2005-414.PDF
The Register of Deeds Office is in the process of updating our recording software and website. We are currently still indexing under the old standards; once our software and website are updated it will support the use of the new NC Indexing Standards.
Please review the publications below that outline the new standards:
Please email any questions, concerns or issues to: firstname.lastname@example.org.We will address these concerns and respond as soon as possible.
You may now request a copy of a Birth or Death record over the phone and pay with your Visa or MasterCard by simply printing the NHC Copy of a Vital Records Authorization Form and filling out the requested information.
After printing application place Governmental issued ID, such as a drivers license on space provided on page 2 and photocopy form. Fax both pages to 910-798-7757. Once the order has been verified and processed you will be contacted to process payment. Do not place any credit card information on authorization form, that information will be taken over the phone when order is processed.
For walk-in service Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm:
Certified copies of New Hanover County Birth and Death certificates may be obtained from the Vital Records Department, 216 North 2nd Street, Room 2 or at the Street level office located next to the 2nd Street Main entrance.
For information on Delayed Birth Certificates, Legitimations, and Amendments, please contact the Vital Records office at (910) 798-7753 or (910) 798-4544.
G.S.130A-26A(be)(1) A person who commits any of the following acts shall be guilty of a Class 1 felony: Willfully and knowingly makes any false statement in an application for a certified copy of a vital record, or who willfully and knowingly supplies false information intending that the information be used in the obtaining of any copy of a vital record.
The Register of Deeds Office participates in the Statewide Birth Certificate Issuance Program, which enables local residents to obtain a copy of a certified birth certificate for individuals born anywhere in North Carolina from 1971 to the present.* The Register of Deeds is the legally authorized agent of the State Registrar to issue copies of certificates from the Statewide Birth Database, which is maintained by the State Vital Records Office in Raleigh.
The cost for the service is $24 to research the certificate in the North Carolina state registry and includes one copy of the certificate. Additional certificates from the same search will be $15 each. For residents born in New Hanover county the cost for a certificate remains $10 each.
*Exclusion: Birth certificates for individuals who have been adopted can only be issued by North Carolina Vital Records in Raleigh, NC. For more information, call New Hanover County Vital Records at 910-798-4530
*If you have been divorced in the last 60 days you must bring your divorce papers.*
Prior to coming into the office you may complete this information to save time. Online Marriage Application
Please note that if you do not come into the office within 10 days of completing the online marriage application the form will be deleted and you will be required to fill it out again in order to obtain a marriage license.
Real Estate & Vital Records Fee Chart
[Uniform Fee Schedule: G.s. 161-10(a)]