Governor Cooper Temporarily Suspends Fees for Replacement Vital Records for Victims of Hurricane Florence


To further the Hurricane Florence recovery effort, Governor Roy Cooper has ordered the North Carolina Vital Records Office to temporarily waive its fees for North Carolinians who have been impacted by the storm and need replacement vital records. This includes replacement birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates.

"This is an important action to help our fellow citizens who were hit hardest by Hurricane Florence," said Catherine Ryan, State Registrar and N.C. Vital Records Director. "We are happy to offer this service and help restore vital records for individuals in need."

The mailing address for returning the request, as well as general contact information for the N.C. Vital Records Office, is available at

Birth, death and marriage certificates also can be obtained at the register of deeds office in the county where the event took place. Governor Cooper’s order gives county registers of deeds the choice to waive these fees at local offices as well.

The order will be in place until North Carolina is no longer under a declaration of a state of emergency. 

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