You can apply for copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the link to the State Department of Vital Records (below) for current fees and application process.
Death certificates are filed in the city or county health department where the death occurred, not in county in which the person lived. Our health departments keep records up to 5 years and can provide copies of certificates on file. You may call in the information, and copies will be ready when you arrive (allow at least one-half hour). Please be prepared to show your photo I.D. when picking up a death certificate.
For all other death certificates, apply to the VDH Office of Vital Records.
Death certificates will only be given to the following:
All others need to prove a direct and tangible interest in order to obtain a death certificate.
For genealogy information, contact the Library of Virginia.