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What agency/group can help me get a birth certificate or marriage license?

Judy Royal

Whether you’re tying the knot or you need proof that you were actually born, a county’s Register of Deeds office is the place you need. You can complete forms online in most counties, but in some cases, such as in obtaining a marriage license, you may have to appear in person. For certified copies of any vital records, you’re only eligible to get a document if it’s for yourself, your spouse, your mother or father, your sister or brother, your child or grandchildren, your grandmother or grandfather, if you’re a person seeking information for legal determination of personal or property rights (proof required) or you’re an authorized agent, attorney or legal representative of the person named on the vital record. Uncertified copies of vital records are available to the public.

County Register of Deeds departments are responsible for recording, indexing, preserving and maintaining real property documents, financing statements, birth, death, marriage, military discharge and notary public records in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes and local ordinances. The department assists attorneys, paralegals, Realtors, surveyors, banking officers and the general public with the retrieval of these permanent records and issues certified copies to the recipient. The Registrar of Deeds is an elected position.

New Hanover:

Jennifer H. MacNeish

216 N. 2nd St., Wilmington [Map this]

(910) 798-4530



Brenda M. Clemmons

75 Courthouse Drive, Bolivia [Map this] (Building I)

(910) 253-2690 or (877) 625-9310



Faye Teachey Prevatte

300 E. Fremont St., Burgaw [Map this] (Holly Building)

(910) 259-1225


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