I have decided to make our online
vital records search unavailable to the general public as we reassess our public access policies for vitals. Birth, Death, and Marriage abstracts were made available by internet by the previous Register of Deeds. While I understand that law abiding citizens get a significant benefit from this service, there are emerging issues with this practice.
I have had a series of discussions with concerned citizens, fellow Registers, NC Vital Records, Sheriff's office, among others. These discussions over a period of time have led me to this decision. Identity Theft, Fraud, and increased criminal activity regarding personal information on public records are a primary concern. In addition, public records laws related to vital records public availability need to be reexamined based on increased technology in the 21st century.
I apologize for any inconvenience. These records are still searchable from within our Greensboro and High Point offices.