How to Obtain Virginia Vital Records

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How to Obtain Virginia Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

This page provides information on obtaining copies of Virginia birth certificates, Virginia marriage licenses, Virginia divorce decrees and Virginia death records. There are also useful links to past Virginia Vital Records for those of you conducting family history research. General information about US vital records can be viewed on the Vital Records Index Page

Virginia birth, marriage and death certificates may be obtained from the following government office:

Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23218-1000

Virginia birth, marriage and death certificate order forms as well as more information are available on the following pages:

The Virginia Department of Health may be contacted by phone on (804) 662-6200 or online at

Remarks: State office has records from January 1853 to December 1896 and since June 14, 1912. Only the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk have records between 1896 and June 14, 1912

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