ID Theft

Identity Theft is a growing crime here in North Carolina, as well as in our country.  We live in a world where individuals’ personal information is easily accessible for anyone to steal.  As an advocate for the citizens of Johnston County, I want to do all that I can to protect citizens’ identity.  One way that I do this is by hosting annual Shred Events where anyone in the county can come to have their personal documents shredded.  Our next event is Saturday, June 3. 

Recently, I was shocked to discover that my deceased mother’s social security number was listed on a website where anyone could see it and steal it.  I knew then that changes were needed.  North Carolina requires that social security numbers be listed on death certificates.  This requirement is pursuant to the federal agency responsible for national vital statistics.  These records are public; therefore, making it easy for these social security numbers to be accessed and used by identify thieves. 

I am committed to seeing changes made on the federal level regarding death certificates.  Please see the attached letter I sent US Congressman David Rouzer encouraging him to assist me in eliminating social security numbers listed on death certificates. 

I will continue to be an advocate for the citizens of Johnston County to prevent identity theft in any way possible.


Craig Olive, Registrar


Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm


Marriage Licenses (By appointment only)
Appointment Times:
Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm

Vital Records Phone #

Real Estate Phone #

Passports (By appointment only)
Appointment Times:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4pm
We are located at:
207 East Johnston St. Suite 209
Smithfield, NC 27577