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Office of Vital Records


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.

Thank you,
Division of Vital Records

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The new address is:
2001 Maywill Street
Richmond, Virginia 23230

The mailing address
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P. O. Box 1000
Richmond, Virginia 23218
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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).


How to Obtain a Certified Vital Record

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).

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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.

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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.

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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®.

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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.

Mailing Address:

VDH, Office of Vital Records
and Health Statistics
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, Virginia
23218-1000

General Information Number: 804-662-6200

Street Address:
2001 Maywill Street
Richmond, Virginia 23230

 

Last Updated: 08-20-2014

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