The collection of birth and death records began on October 1, 1913. Public health departments register births and deaths for the
North Carolina Vital Statistics Program pursuant to NC General Statute Article 4 130A.
The local registrar is the health director. Registration of births and deaths takes place at the local health department. A deputy registrar forwards the original birth and death certificates to the Department of Health and Human Services, where they are processed and permanently preserved. A copy is sent to the local register of deeds.
- A birth certificate or fetal death report must be filed with the local registrar within 10 days after delivery.
- A death certificate must be filed with the local registrar within five days after death.
To obtain a copy of a birth or death certificate contact your local register of deeds:
Avery County Register of Deeds
Mitchell County Register of Deeds