Vital Records

Death Certificates

The Peninsula Health District has death records on file for deaths that occurred within the past five (5) years in Newport News, Williamsburg, Poquoson, James City County and York County.  Death records are filed in the county or city in which the death occurred, not the county or city in which the person lived.

Certified copies of death certificates can be obtained only by an immediate family member of the deceased or by a representative of a funeral home. Immediate family members include mother, father, sibling, current spouse, and adult child. Valid documentation that identifies the relationship between the deceased and the immediate family member is required to obtain the death certificate.

The cost per copy of a death record is $12.00.

For information on obtaining death records from the Peninsula Health District, call one of the following numbers:

  • For deaths occurring in Newport News, Poquoson or York County, call (757) 594-7314.
  • For deaths occurring in Williamsburg or James City County, call (757) 253-4740.

All birth records and records of deaths that occurred more than 5 years ago are filed at the Office of Vital Records in Richmond.

For forms or additional information on obtaining certified copies of these birth or death records: