“Since the hospital no longer has a maternity department we felt it was best for our citizens to offer the new system,” Parks said.
The cost for the records will be $24.00 per birth certificate copy. $10 goes to the county and $14 goes to the state to access system, Parks explained. Before the new system was in place, only Bladen County birth certificates could be obtained at the local office.
All the staff received training for the new system. Anyone born in North Carolina needing their birth records may go to the local register of deeds office at the courthouse with a state issued identification to purchase their records. Anyone born in Bladen County also has the option to go online to purchase their birth certificate for $10 with a $4.04 credit card charge.
Lastly, Parks wants to warn Bladen County residents about a solicitation a resident received in the mail. Property Profile Inc. out of Glendora, California, has been sending solicitation letters selling real estate records for $86.
Parks said when the resident brought the letter to her office she told him to put it in the trash because she could make him a copy for 25 cents or he could go on line himself and get the records for free. All real estate records from 1969 to present are on the web, according to Parks. The Register of Deeds office is in the process of having all real estate records offered on the web since the inception of the county.
The registrar said Johnston County has received complaints about the same solicitations. According to a CBS report there have been 27 complaints about the company to the Better Business Bureau.
If you need vital records or real estate records the Bladen County Register of Deeds is located at 166 E. Broad Street, Room 118 Elizabethtown, NC 28337 to assist you with your needs. You may contact them at 910-862-6710. The department takes cash, checks, debit and credit cards.