Vital Records at DMV
Vital Records (Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce certificates)
Certified copies of Virginia vital records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce) 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?
You may request a certificate for yourself or next of kin/immediate family, which includes mother, father, current spouse, child, brother, or sister, and others under certain circumstances, with valid ID.
For more information on obtaining Virginia vital record documents, visit the VDH website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Vital_Records/.
Applying In Person
- Visit any DMV customer service center.
- Complete either the "Virginia Birth Certificate Application" (DL 81) for birth certificates or the "Virginia Vital Record Application" (DL 82) for marriage, divorce, and death certificates
- 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 vital record cannot be found or cannot be printed at DMV, DMV will immediately forward the customer's application to the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Vital Records (VDH) for further research. If available, VDH will mail the certificate(s) to the address on the application.
Suzy Q & A Explains How to Apply for a Virginia Vital Record
Applying by Mail
If you would prefer to mail in your Virginia Vital Records application, mail it directly to the VDH Division of Vital Records, P. O. Box 1000, Richmond, Virginia 23218. A copy of your identification documents and a check or money order payable to the State Health Department in the amount of $12 must be included with your application.
For information about the required documents, see Acceptable Vital Records Documents.