Vital Records

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.

Where Birth & Death Records Are Filed

In accordance with North Carolina 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.

Scotland County Register of Deeds

After being processed, copies of these certificates are filed with the Scotland County Register of Deeds and the original documents are submitted to North Carolina 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.

The Scotland County Register of Deeds office is located at:

Physical Address
507 W. Covington St.
Laurinburg, NC 28352

Please contact the Register of Deeds office at 910-277-2575, or click here to visit their website for more information.

Registering a

Birth in Scotland County


Click on the link above to find out how births are registered in Scotland County, or contact the Deputy Registrar at 910-277-2440 for more information. 


Ordering Birth Certificates

For more information on obtaining a copy or certified copy of a birth record, please click here to visit the Scotland County Register of Deeds website.

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.)

North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services Vital Records Forms

Vital records can be accessed on the North Carolina Health and Human Services website.

Other Vital Records

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.

mail Mailing Address:

Scotland County Health Department
Vital Records
P.O. Box 69
Laurinburg, NC 28353

Office Location:
1405 W. Boulevard
Laurinburg, NC 28353

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.