Under North Carolina law, it is a felony violation to fraudulently request a certified copy of a vital record or obtain, possess, sell, furnish, use, or attempt to use for any purpose of deception a North Carolina death certificate.
Death certificates for those who died in Rockingham County date back to 1913 and are on file in our office. Death records are not available on our internet public access site.
Pursuant to NCGS 130A-93(c):
North Carolina law allows the issuance of a certified death certificate ONLY to:
- The decedent's spouse
- The decedent's brother/sister
- The decedent's child/step-child
- The decedent's parent/step-parent
- The decedent's grandparent/grandchild
- Someone seeking information for legal determination of personal or property rights
- An authorized agent, attorney, or legal representative of a person described above. Proof required.
- Funeral directors and licensed funeral services as per GS 130A-93(c)(c1)
To Request a Certified Copy (with raised seal) of a Death Certificate for Deaths Occurring in Rockingham County
- You must be an eligible party as listed above
- Complete and sign the form: APPLICATION FOR COPIES OF VITAL RECORDS
- Provide your valid photo ID or other acceptable forms of identification
- Agents, attorneys, or legal representatives must furnish documentation of authority and identification
- Cost is $10 for each certified copy. Make checks payable to "Rockingham County Register of Deeds"
- Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope for requests by mail
- A certified copy of a death certificate (with raised seal) is $10 each.
- An uncertified copy of a death certificate is .25 per copy.
- We accept checks and money orders made payable to the "Rockingham County Register of Deeds". Cash may be used when a request is made in person - please do not send cash in the mail.
Acceptable Forms of Identification
One valid government-issued identification with a photograph, such as:
- State Driver's License
- State-issued Identification
- Military Identification Card
If you are unable to provide the preferred identification as set out above, please contact the office for other identification that will be accepted.
Hours of Issuance
No appointment is necessary. Certificates are issued between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
For mail requests, we try to answer within 24 hours from receipt of request.
For walk-in requests: Requests should take just a few minutes depending on the number of customers ahead of you.
To Request a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate for Deaths Occurring in Other North Carolina Counties
To obtain death records from other North Carolina Registers of Deeds offices, visit the website for the North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds at www.ncard.us
For more information, visit the Vital Records Division at the State Center for Health Statistics at: http://vitalrecords.nc.gov/vitalrecords/
Vital Records Contact InformationVital Records - Mailing Address
1903 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1903
Vital Records - Street Address
225 N. McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-1382
Vital Records - Telephone Number
To Request a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate for Deaths Occurring in Other States Death certificates are maintained by each state for the people who die in that state. Contact the county or state vital records in the state where the death occurred to get a copy. You may also visit the National Center for Health Statistics for their publication "Where to Write for Vital Records" at http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS for information.
If you prefer to contact our office at (336) 342-8820, staff will try to assist you with the telephone number and address contact information for other states.