Birth and Death Certificates


The Register of Deeds office is the official steward of birth and death records for Orange County. The Orange County Register of deeds only has records for persons born or pronounced deceased in Orange County. 

****As of 30 March 2021 until further notice all walk up service for Vital Records transactions will be made in cash with exact change.****

Obtaining a Birth or Death Certificate Copy

Authorized People

Certificates can be obtained in person at the Register of Deeds office or by mail. In accordance with N.C.G.S. 130A-93, the people who may obtain a certified copy of your certificate (other than yourself) include:

  • Attorney or legal authorized agent
  • Child(ren)
  • Grandparents / grandchildren
  • Great-grandparents / great-grandchildren
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Stepparents/stepchildren
  • Your spouse

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In Person

The Register of Deeds Office is located at:
Gateway Center Building
228 S Churton Street
3rd floor
Hillsborough, NC 27278

  • Bring a valid photo identification (Driver’s License, State issued identification card, or Passport).
  • Certified copies are $10 each and uncertified copies are $0.15 each 
    • Business check
    • Cash
    • Certified bank check
    • Debit/credit card
    • Money order
  • Money orders, certified bank checks, or business checks made payable to: “Orange County Register of Deeds.”

Mail In Requests

Certified copies are $10 each and uncertified copies are 0.15¢ each ( Money Order, Certified Bank Check, or Business Check only). Money orders, certified bank checks, or business checks made payable to: “Orange County Register of Deeds.”

Mail to
Orange County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Mail In requests are processed within 1 to 2 business days upon receipt.

Letter of Request

If you are unable to print the Vital Records Request Form, please mail a letter of request including the following information, along with a copy of a valid photo identification, and the fee.

Letter of request must include: 

  • Date of birth or death
  • Father’s full name (birth certificate only)
  • Full name on birth or death certificate
  • Mother’s full (maiden) name (birth certificate only)
  • Your relationship to the person whose certificate is being requested
  • Your signature and telephone number

Vital Records Request

Vital Records request for voting purposes

An application for vital records for voting purposes is required along with 2 proofs of identification and 1 proof of voter registration.

Amendments & Special Cases

Information and fees for Delayed Birth Certificates, Amendments of Birth Certificates, or Legitimations is available by calling 919-245-2700 or 919-245-2701.

Other Sources for Birth and Death Certificates

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services also has a vital records division, which can provide birth certificates to qualified requestors.