Will I find my loved one's Death Certificate in Catawba County if they died outside of Catawba County? No. All deaths are registered in the County and State in which the deceased died.
Who may obtain a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate?
According to NCGS 130A-93(c) & 130A-99 the certificate must be for:
Funeral Services Director/licensee
Any person seeking information for legal determination of personal/property right (proof required)
An authorized agent, attorney, or legal representative of the applicant (proof required)
What are the acceptable forms of identification?
Driver's License with Photograph
State issued Identification Card
Military Identification Card with photograph
Agents, attorneys or legal representatives must also furnish documentation of authority in order to receive a certified certificate for an individual.
What is the cost of a Death Certificate?
Certificates are $10.00 per certified copy. Uncertified copies are $0.50 if you come into the office or $1.00 by mail payable through money orders made payable to the Catawba County Register of Deeds. Uncertified copies of all vital records are open to public inspection. Cash or debit cards are accepted when a request is made in person.
How can I obtain a Death Certificate? BY MAIL:
Submit a written request to include:
full name of the person named on the certificate
date of death
you may go online for a printable version of our form, click here or
You have the option to complete the form online before printing a hard copy of print the blank form and complete by hand; be sure to complete the REQUIRED section. We must have the requestor's signature and relationship to the person named on the certificate whether on our application or by written request. Include a copy of your picture ID and send a self addressed stamped envelope. Only immediate family members may request death certificates. See the above list.
You can use the above mentioned form or fill out one upon arrival and present a valid picture ID.