Johnston County serves as Pilot County for new Death Registration System

Johnston County serves as Pilot County for new Death Registration System

Craig Olive, Johnston County Register of Deeds, announced today that Johnston County will serve as a pilot county for the new Electronic Death Registration System implemented by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).  Johnston was chosen along with seven other counties to participate. 

NC Database Application for Vital Events (NCDAVE), the state’s new electronic system, will streamline the process for creating death records and reduce the time that the decedent’s family has to wait to obtain the death certificate.  NCDAVE will replace a manual system that often required the funeral directors  to physically drive the death certificate from their office to the doctor’s office to the Health Department and, finally, to the Register of Deeds office to obtain the certified copies of the death certificate.  NCDAVE will allow all parties to this process to input the information electronically thereby making this time consuming process to be completed much faster and with more accuracy.  

“I am delighted to be a pilot county for the NCDAVE.  Our employees look forward to learning the new system and working with NC Vital Records to make it easier for families to obtain the death certificates they need to handle the business for their deceased loved ones,” states Craig Olive. 

Per NCDHHS, statewide implementation of NCDAVE is anticipated by June 2021.

The Johnston County Register of Deeds office can be reached at 919-989-5160.


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