Vital Records

The Eastern Shore Health District can help you obtain important legal documents, like birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. This service is available at both the Accomack County Health Department and the Northampton County Health Department.

Who is eligible?

  • For death certificates, *immediate family member, grandchild, great grandchild or legally authorized individual may obtain a copy of death certificates for persons who died in the state of Virginia. All others may purchase of verification of death letter with just cause.
  • Marriage and divorce certificates can be issued to *immediate family. Information required for the search includes full name of groom, full maiden name of bride, exact date, and place in Virginia of the marriage or divorce
  • Birth certificates recorded in the state of Virginia can be issued to parents listed on the child’s certificate, *immediate family members or a legal guardian with proof of custody.
  • Acknowledgement of Paternity Information is obtained from the mother and father of the child that is born out of wedlock. The Vital Records Office in Richmond prepares a new birth certificate that will include the father’s name and mails a certified copy to the parents. Appointments are necessary.


  • Each record search is $12. Valid ID is required.