1. Can I obtain a copy of a death certificate from the Register of Deeds office? Yes, if the death occurred in Rowan County. We can give you the address of other North Carolina county or state offices if the death occurred outside of Rowan County.

2. What do I do to obtain a copy? You may stop by our office at 402 North Main St., Salisbury, NC, request a copy by mail at Register of Deeds, P. O. Box 2568, Salisbury NC 28145-2568, or request a copy online at

3. What information do I include in my request? If you walk into the office, you must complete the request form and show ID or a document with your name on it. You may also mail a hand written request; it must include the name of the deceased, date of death and your relation to the deceased. Sign your request. Attach a copy of your driver's license, ID card, or another document with your name and address.

4. What are the costs of obtaining a death certificate? The certified copy costs $10.00 (cash in office; money order by mail). Genealogy requests for an uncertified copy are 50 cents.

5. How long does it take to obtain a copy? We answer our mail requests the same day we receive them. If you walk into the office, it should take just a few minutes.

6. Who may obtain a death certificate? The list is limited: Spouse, Parent, Stepparent, Child, Stepchild, Sibling, Grandparent, Great-Grandparent, Funeral Director, Attorney/Legal Agent, or Any Person Seeking Legal Determination of Real or Personal Property.