Birth & Death Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates are an essential part of the Health Department. This is where all birth and death records are processed for those births and deaths occurring in Scotland County. North Carolina General Statutes 130A Article 4 requires that the Health Department administer the Vital Records Program under the direction of the Health Director. The Health Director appoints Deputy Registrars to process vital records.

vital records protectionIn accordance with NC General Statutes, all birth and death records should be filed with the Deputy Registrar within five days of occurrence. The Registrar’s office receives and processes certificates, making necessary corrections with proper documentation.

After being processed, copies of these certificates are filed with the Scotland County Register of Deeds and the original documents are submitted to NC State Vital Records Office where they are maintained. Certified copies of birth and death certificates can be obtained (for a fee) through the Scotland County Register of Deeds, which is located in the Scotland County Courthouse, Room 250 at 212 Biggs St., Laurinburg, N.C. 28352. 

Please contact the Register of Deeds office at 910-277-2575

Birth Certificates

Births that occur at area hospitals are registered through that medical facility. Births that occur in the presence of a certified nurse midwife are processed and submitted to the Deputy Registrar by the certified midwife on the mother's behalf. For births occurring at home where no certified midwife is present, the mother is responsible for registering the birth with the Deputy Registrar. The following information is required for this process:

  • Proof of delivery or pregnancy (records of prenatal care, ultrasound, etc.)
  • Current ID or valid government issued ID
  • Proof of address where birth occurred (i.e. utility bill delivered by USPS)
  • Call for appointment at 910-277-2440

Death Certificates

All deaths that occur in Scotland County must also be registered with the Deputy Registrar within five days. It is the responsibility of the Funeral Home (in or out of state) to file the death certificate with the Deputy Registrar. Forms necessary to properly process death certificates are as follows:

  • Notification of Death (DHHS 2073) (Funeral directors are responsible for filing with Local Registrar within 24 hours of taking custody of deceased; can be sent by fax)
  • Burial-Transit Permit (DHHS 1184) (Required to transport deceased individuals out of North Carolina and must be obtained through Deputy Registrar during business hours or through a sub-registrar after hours)

NC Department of Health and Human Services Vital Records Forms- http://vitalrecords.nc.gov/forms.htm

Other Vital Records forms are available at the health department upon request. For additional information regarding vital records, please contact our office at 910-277-2440