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.
Wake County Vital Records provides information about:
- Registering the birth of a child born in the hospital
- Registering the birth of a child born at home
- Where to get a copy of a child’s birth certificate
The Wake County Register of Deeds can assist with:
Registering the birth of a child born in a hospital
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 ensure 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.
Once this record has been filed, any changes may require additional fees and processing time.
Registering the birth of a child born at home
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, or
- 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, and
- The person registering the child's birth (witness – see above).
You need to:
- Fill out the Home Birth Application. You may fill out and submit the form online 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:
- A valid photo ID for the mother and the person who is registering the birth (witness)
- Mother’s Verification Checklist
- Proof of pregnancy – certification from a doctor or licensed midwife or Affidavit of pregnancy
- Affidavit of birth information for home births (certifier's statement)
- Proof of residence (see Mother's Verification Checklist above)
Where to get a copy of a child’s birth certificate
Birth certificates can be obtained at the following locations. Please contact the location for additional information.
Wake County Regional Centers