NC Vital Records: Death Certificates, 1906-1979


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. Even so, death certificates were not consistently filed until after World War II, so it is common not to find death certificates for persons who died between 1913 and 1945.

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 like