In an effort to increase accessibility and convenience, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has launched a new Vital Records online application. This application can be used to request certified copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates.
The new online application can be accessed on the VDH website under Vital Records or directly at: www.vdh.virginia.gov/vital-records/applications-for-a-vital-record/.
“We believe the new system will help us respond more quickly to our customers’ needs and provide them with a more accessible and convenient service,” said Vital Statistics Office Manager Seth Austin.
About a year ago, the Office of Vital Records added a printable application and online payments to the website to increase user convenience. This new online application is the next step.
The new fully online application allows users to complete the entire online application in approximately five minutes. Users can electronically sign the application, upload ID, and pay the fee entirely online. An Application Tracking ID is assigned to each application and users will receive email and/or SMS updates on the status of their application.
The Virginia Code requires a cost of $12 per certificate search. A $10 fee is charged to make a change to an existing record. All applicants must provide a photocopy of the required ID. Requests without proper identification and signature will be rejected and not processed.
Individuals can still visit the main Vital Records office in Henrico, local health departments and select Department of Motor Vehicle locations to request vital records in person. For a complete list of vital record walk-in locations, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/vital-records/vital-record-walk-in-locations/. Check with the specific location before visiting as opening hours may be limited at certain locations.
People who need help using the new online application or have questions about Vital Statistics can call (804) 662-6200 or visit the Vital Statistics contact page on the website.