Vital Records at DMV
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.
Who is Eligible?
The requester does not have to be a Virginia resident; however, the registrant (individual listed on birth certificate) must be born in Virginia.
When requesting for yourself (registrant):
- Any person age 18 or older
- Any parent who is under age 18 if requesting their child's birth certificate at the same time
- Emancipated minor- must present a copy of the court order emancipating the minor
- Married juvenile
When requesting for an immediate family member:
- Current spouse
- Adult child
- Mother (if listed on the birth certificate)
- Father (if listed on the birth certificate)
- Adult brother
- Adult sister
- Maternal grandparents (if mother is listed on the birth certificate)
- Paternal grandparents (if father is listed on the birth certificate)
When requesting as a legal representative:
- Attorney or their agent (must indicate you are the legal counsel of the registrant)
- Person with an original Notarized Power of Attorney
- Legal guardian- must provide a court approved (signed) custody order. A step-parent must provide a court approved custody order to obtain their step-child's birth certificate.
Public records (available to anyone):
- Birth certificate 100 years after the date of the event
How to Apply (In Person)
- Visit any DMV Customer Service Center
- Complete the "Virginia Birth Certificate Application" (DL 81)
- Present acceptable identification
- Pay a $14 records search fee (note - this fee will be assessed whether or not DMV is able to locate the record)
Eligible customers will leave DMV with the requested document in hand. If a birth record cannot be found or cannot be printed at DMV, the customer's application will be immediately forwarded to the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Vital Records (VDH) for further research, and if available, VDH will mail the birth certificate to the address on the application.
Other Vital Records
DMV can also accept applications for death, marriage and divorce records. Complete the "Virginia Vital Record Application" (DL 82), and bring it to any DMV Customer Service Center to be forwarded to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Division of Vital Records for processing.
Proper identification and payment are required at the time the application is submitted. All checks or money orders must be made payable to the State Health Department in the amount of $12.
Mailing Requests for Any Vital Record
If you would prefer to mail in your Virginia Vital Records application, please mail it directly to the VDH Division of Vital Records, P. O. Box 1000, Richmond, Virginia 23218. Please include a copy of your identification documents and a check or money order payable to State Health Department in the amount of $12.
Additional information regarding Virginia vital records can be found on the VDH website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Vital_Records/.
For information about the required documents, see Acceptable Vital Records Documents.