Welcome to the Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics. 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.
Division of Vital Records
The new address is:
|The mailing address
remains the same:
P. O. Box 1000
Richmond, Virginia 23218
NOTE: The Division of Vital Records is open most Saturdays, from 8 AM to Noon.
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).
There are four ways in which to obtain a CERTIFIED VITAL (BIRTH, DEATH, MARRIAGE, DIVORCE) Record in Virginia. Choose the method that best suits your needs (click on button 1, 2 3 or 4 for more information).
|Mail — The Division of Vital Records is now in our peak season for mail-in requests. The turn around is estimated at 1 to 2 weeks for CERTIFIED VITAL RECORDS from the day the request is received IN THIS OFFICE. However, people are urged to allow sufficient time for delivery of all CERTIFIED VITAL RECORDS.|
|Walk-in - Same day service is available to walk-in customers. This is the fastest way to obtain a certified vital record. When you arrive, you will complete an application, pay the $12 required fee, and show the processing clerk a valid photo I.D.|
|Express Delivery through the VitalChek Network (https://www.vitalchek.com) - For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that Virginia Department of Health, Division of Vital Records has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached through their website or toll free at 877-572-6333. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.|
|Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles – Certified copies of Virginia birth records from 1912 to the present are available for purchase at all full service DMV locations which include DMV customer service centers and DMV 2 Go mobile offices.|
VDH, Office of Vital Records
and Health Statistics
P.O. Box 1000
General Information Number: 804-662-6200
2001 Maywill Street
Richmond, Virginia 23230