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Vital Records

General Information

Vital Records is an essential part of the Department of Public Health. This is where all birth and death records are processed for those births and deaths occurring in Cumberland County.

The Health Director serves as the Local Registrar. In accordance with NC General Statute 130A Article 4, all birth and death records should be filed with the Local Registrar within five days of occurrence. The Deputy Registrar receives and processes certificates, making necessary corrections with proper documentation. After being processed by the Deputy Registrar, copies of these certificates are filed with the Cumberland County Register of Deeds and the original documents are submitted to NC State Vital Records Office where they are maintained.

Certified copies of birth and death certificates can be obtained (for a fee) through the Cumberland County Register of Deeds, which is located on the first floor of the Cumberland County Courthouse, 117 Dick St., Fayetteville, NC 28301. For questions regarding obtaining copies, please contact the Register of Deeds office at 910-678-7795.

Birth Certificates

Births that occur at area hospitals are registered through that medical facility. Births that occur in the presence of a certified nurse midwife are processed and submitted to the Local Registrar by the certified midwife on the mother's behalf. For births occurring at home where no certified midwife is present, the mother is responsible for registering the birth with the Local Registrar. The following information is required for this process:

  • Proof of delivery or pregnancy (records of prenatal care, ultrasound, etc.)
  • Current ID or valid government issued ID
  • Proof of address where birth occurred (i.e. utility bill delivered by USPS)
  • Call for appointment at 910-433-3715

Death Certificates

All deaths that occur in Cumberland County must also be registered with the Local Registrar within five days. It is the responsibility of the Funeral Home (in or out of state) to file the death certificate with the Local Registrar. Forms necessary to properly process death certificates are as follows:

  • Notification of Death (DHHS 2073) (Funeral directors are responsible for filing with Local Registrar within 24 hours of taking custody of deceased; can be sent by fax)
  • Burial-Transit Permit (DHHS 1184) (Required to transport deceased individuals out of North Carolina and must be obtained through Deputy Registrar during business hours or through a sub-registrar after hours)

Other Vital Records forms are available at the Department of Public Health upon request. For additional information regarding vital records, please contact our office.

Contact Us

1235 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Phone:  910-433-3600
Fax: 910-433-3659

Interim Director: Duane Holder

Vital Records

Phone:  910-433-3715
Fax:  910-433-3895
Hours:  Monday - Friday
  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed daily from
Noon-2 p.m.