Vital Records

Birth/Death/Marriage/Divorce Records

Certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates can be obtained from the Peninsula Health Department, as long as these events occurred in Virginia.  Copies of certificates can only be obtained for and by immediate family members with valid ID: mother, father, husband, wife, child, brother, sister, and/or grandparents.  Grandchild can obtain a death certificate only.  Aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, etc. cannot obtain a vital record.  Birth records can be issued to the legal guardian with proof of custody papers.

Birth records become public information 100 years from the date of the event. Death/Marriage/Divorce records become public information 25 years from the date of the event.  Marriage certificate can’t be issued until after 30 days from the date of the event.

Death Certificates

Death certificates can be filed at and certified copies obtained from any local department in the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of the locality in which the death occurred.  However, within the first 30 days after the filing of death, copies of the death certificate must still be obtained from the city or county in which the death was originally filed.  Certified copies of death certificates are available upon request to those persons eligible to receive them (see above).

How to Receive a Vital Record

Certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates can now be obtained at the Peninsula Health Department:

Peninsula Health Department
416 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23601
Phone: (757) 594-7314


Vital records are issued Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30 p.m.

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


The fee for a vital record is $12.00 per certificate or search.
Cash, check, money orders, VISA or MasterCard are accepted.

  • Birth Certificates: (June 1912 – Present) – $12.00 each copy
  • Marriage Certificates: (1936 – Present) – $12.00 each copy
  • Divorce Certificates: (1918 – Present) – $12.00 each copy
  • Death Certificates: (June 1912 – Present) – $12.00 each copy
  • Search Fee: (If no record found) – $12.00 per search

For More Information

All vital records can also be obtained from the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Vital Records, 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23230. The general information number is (804) 662-6200 or DMV full service centers.

Copies of marriage licenses and divorce decrees only can be obtained from the Newport News Circuit Court Clerk’s Office @ 2500 Washington Ave, Newport News, VA 23607.  The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office number is (757) 926-8580.  The marriage and divorce certificate must be obtained @ the Department of Health.

Information Regarding Home Births, Acknowledgement of Paternity or Corrections to be made on a birth/death record, you may contact your local health department or contact the Division of Vital Records at (804) 662-6200 or visit their Web site at

For Information about Vital Records Out-of-State, visit Web site

Virginia Department of Health Division of Vital Records


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