Delayed Birth records are created only when there is no record of a birth located for an individual in either the county of birth or in North Carolina Vital Records.
We can only process Delayed Birth applications for births that occurred in Rockingham County, NC.
Please contact our staff for assistance and to schedule an appointment when necessary.
Who May File
Any person born in North Carolina who is more than one (1) year of age and for whom no certificate is already on file. A parent can file a delayed certificate of birth for a minor child. Once a person reaches the age of majority, they must file and sign themselves.
For children under one (1) year of age, a regular birth certificate must be filed with the registrar at the local health department.
Where to File
After discussing your situation with the office and obtaining the proofs needed by NC Vital Records, bring the proofs to the Register of Deeds in the county where the birth occurred for review and processing. Vital Records will not process the delayed birth certificate application until it has been processed in the county office.
Facts to Be Proven
- Full name at time of birth
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Mother’s full maiden name
- Father’s full name (omit name of father if born out of wedlock)
You must furnish a minimum of three records from independent sources which need to be notarized or certified by the proper authority which shows these facts to be proven. Full disclosure of all documents, both consistent and conflicting, is sought for review to ensure the true facts of birth have been proven.
Note: Due to changing criteria and complexity of certain records, our office can help you in determining what proofs may be accepted by NC Vital Records. Contact staff for assistance and to schedule an appointment.
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