The Deputy Registrar/Vital Statistics Office at the Department of Health processes certificates for all births and deaths that occur in Buncombe County.
Most births occur at the Campus of Mission Hospitals, which is presently the only hospital in the county providing delivery care. A child’s Birth Certificate is registered by the hospital if the child is born there. It is the responsibility of the parent to apply for a birth certificate when a home birth/delivery has occurred in Buncombe County.
The Deputy Registrar is responsible for obtaining and preserving documents of all births and deaths in Buncombe County. This evidence protects the legal rights of individuals and provides a sound statistical basis for health and social planning. These records (except fetal death reports) are filed permanently in the NC Division of Public Health Vital Records, Raleigh, NC, and are certified or verified when requested.
Vital Records Services include:
- Help with preparing home birth certificates.
- Help with preparing death certificates
- Help with preparing paperwork needed for children born out of wedlock. This document is referred to as an “Affidavit of Parentage” (DHHS 1660).
- Please view our Birth Certificate Registration Flyer below for important information for soon to be parents.
How to get an appointment at Vital Records?
For Birth Records questions, Home Birth Registrations and Affidavit of Parentages call (828) 250-5214; please call ahead to assure you have the correct paperwork and to make a scheduled appointment. The location of this office is at 40 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC 28801-The Health & Human Services Bldg.
For Death Certificate processing no appointment is necessary, but calling ahead is recommended (828) 250-5213. This office is located at 200 College St. Suite 410, Asheville, NC 28801.
What to bring with you
Driver's license or other picture identification and Social Security Card.
How are services paid for?
There is no charge for Vital Record's services.
Certified copies of Birth & Death Certificates can be obtained through:
Buncombe County Register of Deeds
There is a $10 fee for certified copies. The Register of Deeds accepts Visa/MasterCard, cash, personal checks, or money orders.
Certificates from other counties or states must be requested from the place of birth.
Alma "Gibbie" Harris
Vital Records Mailing Address:
200 College St. Suite 410
Asheville, NC 28801
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.