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We have death certificates for those individuals who died in Rutherford County. Our death records start with the year 1913 and go through the present time. Certified copies are $10.00 each and only the following individuals can obtain a certified copy: spouse, father, mother, grandparent, step-parent, brother, sister, child, stepchild, grand child, great grandparent, great grandchild, authorized agent, attorney and legal representative. You must show driver's license or picture id to obtain a certified copy of the death certificate. 
You may obtain a certified copy of a death certificate if you are one of the individuals listed above, through the mail by submitting a letter to the Register of Deeds' office at PO Box 551, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. The fee is $10.00 check or money order and please send a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the death certificate. We mail the request the next day after we receive the letter.
Anyone can obtain an uncertified copy for $1.00 each.