Need a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate issued in Wake County? We've got it - for just $10!
We will NOT have copies of records issued by other counties or states. with ONE exception: if you need a birth certificate for yourself or an immediate family member who was born anywhere in North Carolina from 1971 to the present, you or that family member can come IN-PERSON to the Register of Deeds office located at 300 S. Salisbury St. Suite 1700, Raleigh, NC 27601. We'll conduct the search and give you a certified copy for $24 ($15 for each additional). Regional center locations can only process Wake County birth certificates.
Need a copy right away?
The fastest way to get a certified copy is to come into one of our FIVE convenient locations throughout Wake County. Once you arrive, you share your information and walk out with a certified copy of the certificate for just $10.
(Remember, marriage licenses are different than marriage certificates. Apply for marriage licenses here before you get married for $60).
Who can get a copy?
You must be one of the following:
- The person or an immediate family member of the person on the certificate (immediate family members are spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandchildren or step-family member)
- Someone seeking information for a legal determination of personal or property rights
- An authorized agent, attorney or legal representative of a person listed above.
How can I make my in-person request even faster?
- Make sure you bring your drivers license or valid passport
- We accept cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card for $10 per copy
- You can get familiar with the kind of information we'll need when you arrive by checking out the online application:
Can't come in-person to one of our five convenient locations?
You can order certified copies online or by mail. Please note, we receive hundreds of requests and work through them as quickly as possible in the order they’re received, but it can take up to two days to process. Once processed, it can take another 7-10 business days for the certificate to be mailed to you by the U.S. Postal Service or shared with you online.
ONLINE: Click here to place an online order.
- Open and download the PDF Application to request by mail.
- Complete, sign and enclose the application.
- Include a copy of your DMV photo ID or valid passport.
- Include a check or money order for $10 per copy.
- Mail to:
Wake County Register of Deeds
Attention: Vital Records
P. O. Box 1897
Raleigh, NC 27602-1897
Mail-In Certificate Requests
In-Person Certificate Requests
In-Person Birth, Marriage License or Death Certificates may be obtained at the below Wake County locations.
Please call to confirm regional center hours of operation.
Purchase a certified copy of your vital record filed in Wake County.
Click on the type of vital record for other options.
Northern, Eastern Regional centers, and Health & Human Services at Departure drive accept cash and check.
Southern Regional Center is cash only.
Wake County Register of Deeds can provide copies of marriage, birth, and death records issued in Wake County, North Carolina. Vital records issued in other states or countries must be obtained from the issuing agency.
Note: Certificates for Births that Occurred Anywhere in North Carolina from 1971 - Present may be obtained in person at the Register of Deeds office. If you were born in North Carolina prior to 1971, you must obtain your vital record from the county where you were born or from the North Carolina State Vital Records office.
The person listed on the certificate or their immediate family may submit a request in person only. The cost for the service is $24.00 (this covers researching the certificate in the North Carolina state registry and one copy of the certificate). Additional certificates from the same search are $15 each.
All adoption requests are processed with the North Carolina State Vital Records.
Their phone number is 919-733-3000.
If you do not know the North Carolina county where the vital record was filed, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Vital Records website.