How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Virginia
Whenever you apply for school, some jobs, the military or to get a driver’s license or passport you need a copy of your birth certificate. This document validates your identity, your age, and your citizenship.
If you were born in Virginia and needed a copy of your birth certificate, you can get one pretty quickly by following the process below.
The Virginia Department of Health handles all vital records and birth records are made public after 100 years. They have an online system where you can search for and retrieve the publicly available records.
Only certain people can access private birth records, and the list below are the only people who can obtain a copy of yours:
- You, if you are 18 or older.
- Your parents.
- Your spouse.
- Your siblings.
- Your children.
- Your grandparents.
If you need a certified copy of your birth certificate, however, you must visit them or order by mail.
Their offices are open Monday through Friday and most Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. You can visit them at:
VDH, Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
They urge you to call with any questions, and you can reach them at 804-662-6200.
If you apply by mail, your order will be processed within 1 to 2 weeks.
Regardless of method, you will need to complete a copy of their application, and you will need the following information:
- Name on the record.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Parent’s full names.
- Your name.
- Your address.
- Your phone number.
- Your relationship, to the party on record.
- Reason for the request.
- The number of copies needed.
You will need to pay a $12 non-refundable fee when you apply for walk-in service or through the mail.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.