Vital Records

The local Health Director serves as the county vital records registrar for registration of all births and deaths, and fetal deaths, in New Hanover County, as well as the issuance of Burial Transit Permits and Disinterment/Re-interment Permits.

A funeral director, or person acting as such, who first assumes custody of a dead body, or fetus of 20 completed weeks gestation or more, shall submit a notification of death to the local vital records registrar in the county where death occurred within 24 hours of taking custody of the body or fetus.

To submit the Notification of Death by fax, please fax to 910-798-7834.

The funeral director, or person acting as such, is responsible for filing a Certificate of Death with the local vital records registrar of the district where the death occurred within 5 days after death.

To purchase certified copies of Death and Birth Certificates, you will need to contact the New Hanover County Register of Deeds at 910-798-4530 and ask for Vital Records or you can go online at: https://registerofdeeds.nhcgov.com/

A certificate of birth for each live birth, regardless of the gestation period, which occurs in this State shall be filed with the local vital records registrar of the county in which the birth occurs within 10 days after the birth.

To purchase certified copies of Death and Birth Certificates, you will need to contact the New Hanover County Register of Deeds at 910-798-4530 and ask for Vital Records or you can go online at: https://registerofdeeds.nhcgov.com/

The New Hanover County deputy vital records registrar issues Burial Transit and Disinterment/Reinterment Permits during regular business hours. There is no fee for these permits.

An Affidavit of Parentage can be completed at New Hanover County Public Health by appointment only for children up to the age of 18. You will need to provide, for both parents, a current government-issued photo ID.

For more information, please call NHC Public Health for Vital Records at 910-798-6593. Faxes for Vital Records can be sent to 910-798-7834.

Health: 1650 Greenfield Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-3500 • Fax 910-798-7834 • Human Services Fax 910-798-7824
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815