Office of Vital Records

Ways to obtain a vital record:

The Office of Vital Records is open most Saturdays, from 8 AM to Noon.

2019 Saturday and State Holiday Closures
  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • January 18 – Lee-Jackson Day
  • January 19 – Saturday
  • January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 18 – George Washington Day
  • May 25 – Saturday
  • May 27 – Memorial Day
  • July 4 – Independence Day
  • July 5 – Additional Holiday Time
  • September 2 – Labor Day
  • October 14 – Columbus Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day (observed)
  • November 27 – Close at Noon
  • November 28 – Thanksgiving
  • November 29 – Additional Holiday Time
  • November 30 – Saturday
  • December 24 – Additional Holiday Time
  • December 25 – Christmas


Effective October 1, 2020, there will be a new federal law (REAL ID Act) regarding driver licenses that may affect many individuals. Vital Records encourages customers to review the requirements to obtain a Real ID driver's license. The requirements may include obtaining a copy of a birth and/or marriage certificate and possibly amending a record for accuracy. Checking the requirements with your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may help you plan and minimize potential delays to obtaining required documentation.

For more information regarding the requirements for Virginia's REAL ID, please visit the DMV Website.

Birth records are public information 100 years after the date of the event; death, marriage, and divorce records, 25 years after the event. Vital Records are available to immediate family members only- mother, father, husband, wife, child, brother, sister and grandparents with valid ID. Birth records can be issued to the legal guardian with proof of custody papers. Aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, etc. cannot obtain a Vital Record.

Virginia birth and death records from 1912 to the present, divorce records since 1918 and marriage records since 1936 are now available in an index form. Click here to access indexed information on open records.  In Virginia, death, marriage and divorce data become “public” information 25 years after the event; birth data are “public” after 100 years.

Mailing Address

VDH, Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, Virginia

General Information Number: 804-662-6200

Any person requesting a Vital Record MUST PROVIDE A LEGIBLE PHOTOCOPY OF THEIR IDENTIFICATION (see ID Requirements).