Birth, Death Certificates and Vital Records

*** Due to the Coronavirus… The services for Vital Statistics will be available for funeral directors/runners ONLY. The public should process their requests online through the Virginia Department of Health website: Vital Records

Death Certificates

Portsmouth Health Department maintains death certificates on deaths that occurred in the City of Portsmouth, Virginia only

Application for Certification of a Vital Record and ID Requirements Form  (Requires Adobe Acrobat)

Who can request a Death Certificate?

  • Mother/Father
  • Adult – Sister/Brother
  • Court Appointed Guardian
  • Husband/Wife
  • Adult Child
  • Funeral Directors and legal representative of family
  • Beneficiary named on a policy

Birth, Divorce, and Marriage Certificates

To obtain Birth, Divorce and marriage Certificates, contact Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Vital Records

Application for Certification of a Vital Record and ID Requirements Form  (Requires Adobe Acrobat)

Virginia Department of Health will not issue Vital Records certificates to the following:

  • Aunts/Uncles
  • Grandparents/Grandchildren
  • Friend
  • Fiancées
  • Other non-related persons

Also, Vital Records may be obtained online from the Vital Checks website

Paternity Affidavits

If the biological parents of a child are not married at the time of birth, in order for the father’s name to appear on the child’s birth certificate, an acknowledgement form must be completed. The Acknowledgement of Paternity Form ( VS22 ) is available at the health department. Both parents must complete and sign form in the presence of a notary public. The form is then mailed to the Division of Vital Records in Richmond, Virginia.

Acknowledgement_of_Paternity_Form VS22_07-04 with Instructions

Vital Records Fee Table

Medical Records Search $10.00
Certified Copy of Medical Records 50 cents per page for first 50
25 cents per page after 50
Death Certificates $12.00
Birth, Divorce, and Marriage Certificates Contact VDH Vital Records