There are three ways of ordering vital records from the Virginia Department of Health state office, by mail, walk in service, or
online through the VitalChek system. Each search/certificate costs $12 dollars. Birth and death records are available from
1853 to 1896 and 1912 to present. Marriage records from 1853 to present and divorce records from 1912 to present are also
Birth records older than 100 years of age and death, marriage and divorce records 50 years of age are considered public records.
Division of Vital Records and Division of Health Statistics
2001 Maywill Street
P. O. Box 1000
Richmond, Virginia 23230
• Vital Record Application (PDF)
• Vital Record Application (DOC)
Adult age adoptees (18) are able to recieve non-identifying information regarding their birth family. Indentifying information is
available if the birth family has agreed to have their information shared. Adoptive parents who's adoption occured after 1994
are able to access non-identifying information on behalf of the adoptee.
Virginia Department of Social Services
801 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219