Death certificates provide the name of deceased, place of death, personal and statistical information, medical certification of death, and place of burial or information on the removal of the body. Although there are a few certificates dated as early as 1906, it wasn't until 1913 that the North Carolina General Assembly passed a statewide law requiring the registration of deaths.
To request death certificates filed since 1979, please contact the North Carolina Vital Records Office or the appropriate Register of Deeds in the county of record. Death certificates may also be available on third party websites. The State Archives provides links to many of these collections in its Digital Collection.