(a)  When a new certificate of birth is prepared by the State Registrar as prescribed in G.S. 48‑29, all copies of the original certificate and all other information concerning the original certificate in the possession of any register of deeds shall be forwarded to the State Registrar, who shall file them in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 48‑29. In the event such data have been computerized or otherwise automated, a paper copy of the identifying data shall be prepared and sent to the State Registrar. The automated data shall then be removed from the index or otherwise rendered unusable in a manner approved by the State Registrar.

(b)  The record pertaining to an adoption shall not be sealed until after the adopting parents are furnished a full certified copy or until they or their legal representatives are notified of the information entered on the new certificate, so that errors can be identified or corrected prior to the sealing of the file. After the file is sealed, corrections and amendments shall be made in accordance with same rules which pertain to birth records of non‑adopted persons, except that a copy of the adoption order will be required to correct the name.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 48‑29(c); 130A‑92(7); 130A‑118(e);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. November 15, 1977;

Amended Eff. May 1, 1991;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. December 22, 2018.