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Vital Records

Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage License, Divorce Decrees

Apply for copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records.

Death certificates are filed in the city or county health department where the death occurred. Our health departments keep records up to 10 years and can provide copies of certificates on file. For all other death certificates, apply to the VDH Office of Vital Records.

Death certificates will only be given to the following:

  • Immediate family (mother/father, adult sister/brother, husband/wife, adult child)
  • Court-appointed guardian
  • Funeral Director
  • Legal representative of the deceased

All others need to prove a direct and tangible interest in order to obtain a death certificate.

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.

$12 per vital record


Vital Record Request Form (for marriage, divorce, birth, still birth) English/Spanish

State Department of Vital Records

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Last Updated: 08-25-2011

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