Division of Vital Records

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.

Welcome to the Division of Vital Records. We receive an average of 30,000 calls a month to the Vital Records Information Line. In addition, 9,000 people stop by our office each month requesting certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates. We house over 7 million records detailing this information for the citizens of Virginia. You can place a call with one of our Customer Service Representatives by dialing 804-662-6200.

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Division of Vital Records

NOTE: The Division of Vital Records is open most Saturdays, from 8 AM to Noon.

The Division of Vital Records is closed during scheduled state holidays. These are listed below.

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

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.

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

Ways to obtain a vital record:

Mailing Address:

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

General Information Number: 804-662-6200