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Vital Records - Birth, Death & Marriage

Birth & Death Certificates

  • Only a mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent, or spouse may obtain someone else's birth certificate with proper ID.

  • Certified certificates are $10.00 each.

To request certified certificates of Gaston County Births and Deaths fill out the form below and either bring or mail to the following addresses:

  • Online – https://www.getcertificatenow.com/Gaston Service Fee of $3.50 in addition to the cost of the Certificate(s) is charged by a 3rd party vendor for this service. 

  • In person - Gaston County Courthouse 
    325 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
    (formerly 325 N. Marietta Street)
    Gastonia, NC 28052
  • Mail - Gaston County Register of Deeds 
    PO Box 1578 Gastonia, NC 28053

Money Orders or Checks for Mail request.
Cash & Credit Cards for in person request.

Out of County Births

To request Birth Certificates from State Vital Records see information on the State website at http://vitalrecords.dhhs.state.nc.us

Gaston County Register of Deeds now offers a service for Statewide Births from 1971 forward. They are available to be purchased in the office only. The cost for this service is $24.00. (fee set by State, cash only).

Marriage Licenses

  • Licenses are issued Monday - Friday by appointment only, allow at least 20-30 minutes to process.  Call 704-862-7687 to make appointment.

  • Apply online and submit before coming to appointment.

  • Both applicants must come in person and have a valid state ID, valid driver's license, or a certified copy of birth certificate.  (If foreign birth certificate, must be translated in English and certified.)

  • Social security card.

  • If previous marriage ended in Divorce or Annulment, applicant must provide a copy signed by judge.

  • If previous marriage ended in death, applicant must know the month and date of the death.

  • Licenses issued in Gaston County can be used anywhere in North Carolina, but must be returned to the county where purchased.  Some counties may have other requirements for purchasing licenses.

  • Cost of License is $60.00. Cash, credit card or money orders will be accepted. 
    Information regarding marriage license fee per NC General Statutes

    • $30.00 goes to the Department of Administration for Domestic Violence Fund.
    • $5.00 goes to the NC Department of Public Instruction Children’s Trust Fund.
    • $25.00 is the Register of Deeds Fee
  • Licenses are valid for 60 days from the date purchased.
  • No one under age 14 years of age can get a marriage license in North Carolina.  Ages 14-16 need a court order signed by a judge.  Ages 16-18 must have parent's consent along with proper ID's.

Certified copies of Marriage licenses are available for $10.00 cash, credit card or money orders accepted. Requested by mail or in person. Fill out form below and mail to Gaston County Register of Deeds PO Box 1578 Gastonia NC 28053