When a child is born in North Carolina, the child’s birth must be registered with the local registrar (the county where the child was born) within 10 days.
If your child is born in a hospital (or birthing center) in Wake County, the child’s birth will be registered by the hospital.
The hospital will give you a form called the “Mother’s Verification
.” Please review this form carefully
to make sure all of the information is correct. If there are any errors, let the hospital know right away so that the information can be corrected before the record is sent to Wake County’s Vital Records.
Note: Once this record has been filed, any changes may require additional fees and processing time.
If your child is born at home in Wake County, your child’s birth must be registered by someone who was at the birth. (A witness can be anyone 18 years or older who was at the child’s birth.) If a licensed midwife was at the birth, she will register the child's birth. If not, any of the following people who were present during the birth can register the child's birth:
• The child’s father
• Another relative of the child
• Any other person who was at the child’s birth
Wake County’s Vital Records registers home births in our office by appointment only. Appointments are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All of the following people must come to the appointment:
• The mother
• The child
• The person registering the child's birth (witness – see above)
You need to:
- Fill out the Home Birth Application. You may fill out the form online and it will come to us once you "submit" the form. Or you may print the form, fill it out and fax it to 919-212-9348. Once we have received this form, we will call you to schedule your appointment.
- Fill out and bring the paperwork listed below to your appointment:
Wake County Justice Center
300 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Wake County Regional Centers
Cooper Memorial Health Building
225 N. McDowell St.
Raleigh, NC 27603-1382
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