Raleigh (NC) Birth Certificate Online

Order a Raleigh (NC) birth certificate online to avoid long lines at the vital records office. Complete an easy form to get a certified copy of a Raleigh birth certificate mailed to you.

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US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) Birth Certificate Replacement

Citizens born in Raleigh or in Wake County are issued a North Carolina birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered.

This essential legal document is a mandatory requirement for several U.S. official processes, These includes, for example, obtaining government benefits, applying for US passport, a social security card, a driver’s license, and getting married, amongst others.

If your Raleigh, North Carolina birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed —even partially— you will have to obtain a Wake County birth certificate replacement.

Applying for a legally-valid copy of a Raleigh (NC) vital record can conveniently be done online, eliminating the need to wait in line at a vital statistics office.

Ordering a Raleigh, North Carolina birth certificate online is a quick and straightforward procedure. The form takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and we provide personalized instructions to help you complete your birth certificate application with ease.

Once your Raleigh, North Carolina birth certificate replacement application has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your vital record at home.

Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) birth certificate types

These are the specific types of birth certificate copies that can be issued in Raleigh, North Carolina:

  • Long-form copy of a Raleigh, (NC) birth certificate: a government-issued copy of the original document, the only type that can be used for legal purposes. Also known as Birth certificate long form, or certified copy of a birth certificate.
  • Short-form copy of a Raleigh, (NC) birth certificate: an abstract of the birth record that only shows the individual's basic information. Also known as informational copy. It cannot be used for legal purposes.

Long-form authorized copies are the only certificates that can be provided to prove identity, nationality, and age and are necessary for several bureaucratic processes such as applying for a U.S. passport or Social Security number.

Official copies carry the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.

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How to Get a Certified Birth Certificate in Raleigh (NC)

To order an authorized copy of a Raleigh, (NC) birth certificate:

  • Fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information
  • Print and sign it
  • Mail it to the North Carolina vital records office with the necessary requirements, a prepaid self-addressed envelope, and payment (as detailed in the personalized instructions you will receive)

Your certified copy will be issued and sent by mail to the address printed on your self-addressed postage-paid envelope.

Copies of a Raleigh Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered by mailing your application package to the following address:

North Carolina Vital Records Office
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1900

Alternatively, citizens of the rest of Wake County or Raleigh can also order a certified copy of their birth certificate at the Vital Records Office.

Wake County Register of Deeds
300 S Salisbury St,
Raleigh, NC 27601

Please note that as of May 3rd, 2023, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Raleigh birth certificate requirements

To get a certified copy of a Raleigh, North Carolina birth certificate, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with your personal data:

  • Full name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • Date of birth
  • Mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

Citizens applying for a certified copy of a Raleigh birth certificate need to prove their identity and be over 18 years old.

  • State of North Carolina Driver’s License
  • State of North Carolina ID Card
  • Driver’s license issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory state-issued
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory
  • U.S. Passport or foreign issued

Who is eligible to apply

An official copy of a Raleigh (NC) birth certificate can be ordered by:

  • The subject of a birth certificate (the person whose birth is recorded in the certificate)
  • The father, mother, or stepparent of the birth certificate’s subject
  • The child of the person the birth certificate refers to
  • The spouse of the person the birth certificate refers to
  • The sibling of the birth certificate’s subject
  • The grandparent or grandchild of the person named on the record
  • The subject’s legal guardian
  • The legal representative of a person eligible to obtain the certificate
  • An individual seeking information for legal determination of personal or property rights.
  • An individual whose right to access the birth certificate has been established by a court of law

Please note that the documentation that must be presented alongside the Raleigh birth certificate application may vary depending on the person requesting the vital record.

How to Request an Apostille for a Raleigh (NC) Birth Certificate

If you need to use your birth certificate outside the U.S territory, your document should bear an apostille to grant it legal validity abroad.

This can be obtained by mail. Simply send your official birth certificate, together with the apostille fee to the Secretary of State’s office in a self-addressed postage-paid envelope. Make sure to have Certificate of Authentication Request at hand. Certain counties may have additional requirements.

North Carolina Authentications Unit address:

Department of the Secretary of State
Office of Authentications
2 S Salisbury St,
Raleigh, NC 27601

North Carolina Authentications unit PO BOX:

Office of Authentications
PO Box 29622
Raleigh. NC 27626-0622

Raleigh Birth Certificate Cost

Requesting a copy of a Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) birth certificate carries a fee. If ordered to North Carolina state office the fee is $24. If an extra copy is needed from state office, the cost is $24

Accepted payment methods include personal checks, money orders, cashier checks, and business checks.

Please note that the fee for your Raleigh birth certificate application may vary depending on whether you submit it at the state vital records office or at the county vital records office.

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Raleigh (NC) Birth Certificate Processing Times

In most cases, your Raleigh birth certificate order will be filled within 5 weeks. However, some vital records may take longer due to peak demand periods.

You will then receive your certified copy of the Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) birth certificate by post, delivered right to your door.

Once you have mailed the application, along with a copy of a photo ID and the fees, the vital records office will process your request.

Rush service for Raleigh birth certificate orders is available for an additional fee. In this case, your expedited birth certificate will be delivered within approximately 3 to 5 business days.

North Carolina Vital Records Office

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Public Health offices that can provide birth certificate copies in North Carolina .

Keep in mind that the Raleigh bith certificate issued by Wake County Clerk’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office.

Regardless of whether the birth certificate you require is found or not, a non-refundable search fee will be charged.

FAQs About Raleigh (NC) Birth Certificates

  • Where can I get a copy of a Raleigh, North Carolina birth certificate?

    The most convenient way to get a certified copy of a Raleigh (NC) birth certificate is to apply online.

    Once you have filled out your Raleigh birth certificate application and gathered the necessary documentation, you may post your application package to the following address:

    Wake County Registers od Deedss
    300 S Salisbury St,
    Raleigh, NC 27601

    The agency will then issue the Raliegh birth certificate and you will receive it by mail at your chosen address.

    Should you prefer to file your Raleigh (NC) birth certificate application in person, you may do so at the county vital records office as well. Please note that the fees may vary between the state and county offices, so make sure you inquire about the fees wherever you are submitting your application.

  • How long does it take to get a birth certificate in Raleigh?

    Getting a government-issued copy of a Raleigh birth certificate usually takes 5 weeks to process.

    Nevertheless, rush service is available for an additional fee, in which case, processing time would be shortened to 3 to 5 business days.

    The surefire way to get a certified copy of a (NC) birth certificate issued directly is to have our experts revise your application before you mail it. That way, you can be certain it is error-free and your request won't be rejected.

    Typos or inconsistencies in the data may cause unnecessary delays or setbacks.

    Our team can help you avoid the extra hassle so that the (NC) vital records office can send your birth certificate directly to your door on the first try.

  • How can I change the name on a Raleigh birth certificate?

    To modify a citizen’s name on a Raleigh birth certificate you will first need to order a certified copy of the birth certificate you would like to amend.

    To change any part of a baby's name or any part of the parents’ names except for adding a middle name —which can be done using Form VS-24—, a court order is necessary.

    Once you have the court order or appropriate form, you will need to present the above alongside the certified copy of the Raleigh birth certificate you would like to modify and the appropriate fees at the following address:

    North Carolina Vital Records
    1903 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1900

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