Order your Virginia (VA) Birth Certificate Online

Waiting in long lines at the Virginia Vital Records office to get a Certified Birth Certificate is a thing of the past. Get a certified copy of a Virginia (VA) birth certificate from your cellphone or tablet!


US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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Virginia Birth Certificate Online Form

A US citizen born in the state of Virginia may require a certified copy of their Virginia Birth Certificate for multiple purposes.

A certified birth certificate is an indispensable legal document that can serve as proof of a national’s citizenship and identity. A birth certificate is a required document for Virginians who wish to obtain a passport, a driver’s license, a social security card, get married, register at university, and, much more.

Ordering an official birth certificate in the State of Virginia no longer requires walking into the state or county vital records office and waiting in line endlessly since it can now be done online, in just a few easy steps.

Our personalized instructions will allow you to order your birth certificate at home without paying a visit to your local Vital Records office.

Virginia birth records are kept by the Virginia Department of Health along with other vital records, such as marriage and death certificates.

Virginia birth and death records are available from 1912 to the present, divorce records from 1918 and marriage records from 1936 are also available.

Virginia birth certificates are also kept in various other vital records offices as well, such as those in:

  • Fairfax County
  • Loudoun County
  • Chesterfield County
  • Henrico County
  • Arlington County
  • Virginia Beach
  • Norfolk
  • Chesapeake
  • Richmond
  • Newport News
  • Alexandria

Virginians whose birth certificate has been misplaced, destroyed, damaged or stolen now have the option to quickly complete a simple application form online with which to order a certified copy of their document. Birth certificates requested in this manner will be issued by the State of Virginia, and have complete legal validity.

Our secure online birth certificate request service allows you to avoid waiting in long lines at Virginia Department of Health/Division of Vital Records office or DMV, which, in turn, saves you time and hassle. The Virginia birth certificate application is easy to fill out and straightforward to use.

If you are planning your marriage, traveling overseas and need a passport issued, or enrolling in university, you will have to produce an authorized copy of your birth certificate. This type of certified copy is also necessary to get a social security card issued or request a driver’s license.

To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate from the State of Virginia, you will need to complete the online application by filling out the following information:

  • Last name (exactly as it would appear on the certificate)
  • Middle name
  • First name
  • Gender
  • Exact date of birth
  • Name of hospital or address where you were born
  • Reason or purpose for which you need the certificate
  • Your mother’s maiden name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Your father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

After completing the application, you will need to print out the form you receive in order to sign and mail it to your Virginia vital records office.


How to Request a Birth Certificate in Virginia

Obtaining a certified copy of a Virginia birth certificate is now a hassle-free process when it is initiated online. Applying for a birth certificate is done by filling out a straightforward online application form. All birth certificate requests must follow the simple steps outlined below:

  1. Complete the online application for a Virginia birth certificate
  2. Carefully revise all the data entered in your form in order to ensure there are no errors or discrepancies
  3. Print the form and sign it pen-in-hand
  4. Insert your printed and signed application form, along with a copy of a valid photo ID, and your money order or check in an envelope
  5. Mail these requirements to the Virginia vital records office of your choice

Please note that as of May 3rd, 2023, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Who Can Obtain a Virginia Birth Certificate Replacement

Requesting a certified copy of a Virginia birth certificate can only be done by specific, authorized individuals. Since the document has legal validity, a Virginia Birth Certificate replacement can only be petitioned by one of the following eligible individuals:

  • The certificate holder, a parent or legal guardian of the certificate holder
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, current spouse of the certificate holder
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record
  • An attorney representing the certificate holder or the certificate holder’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the certificate holder or the certificate holder's estate

If you need a copy of a birth certificate to provide for a DMV driver’s license application, to obtain a US passport card or passport book, getting married, or registering for school or university, you will need a certified copy of your VA birth certificate.

The main trait that identifies a birth certificate copy as certified and legally valid is the fact that it bears the official state of Virginia registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, the registrar’s signature, as well as the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.

Also, if you are an American citizen born abroad or in a U.S. military base, please check out the requirements on how to get a copy of your birth certificate if born abroad.


Documents Required for a Virginia Birth Certificate Copy

All those born in the state of Virginia that need to request a certified copy of their birth certificate will need to include a clear photocopy of both sides of one of the forms of photo ID listed below along with a completed application form:

  • Virginia Driver’s License
  • Virginia ID Card
  • Virginia DMV-issued learner’s/instruction permit unexpired or expired for not more than one year
  • Driver’s license issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory state-issued
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory
  • U.S. Passport
  • Current Photo ID card, (school and employment)

Once your application documents are completed and packed in an envelope, you will need to mail it to:

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

Virginia Birth Certificate Processing Times

Once you have printed, signed, and sent the birth certificate application along with a copy of a valid photo ID and your payment by mail to the VA vital records office, your request will be processed and filled. You will receive your valid birth certificate by mail, at your home address.

Most birth certificate requests made in Virginia are processed within 2-4 weeks. However, some orders may take longer to be filled, for instance, during peak application periods.

Please note that Virginia Vital Records offices do not offer rush service. Therefore, you are advised to apply well in advance for a copy of a VA birth certificate. This holds especially true when you need to provide the document for an activity that has a strict deadline, such as:

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Virginia Birth Certificate Cost

Obtaining a certified copy of a birth certificate issued by the state of Virginia entails the individual ordering the document to cover the cost of each copy they need to have issued. The first certified copy of a Virginia birth certificate carries a fee of $12, with each additional copy entailing a cost of $12.

Virginia Vital Records Offices

The following is a comprehensive list of the Virginia state Vital Records and Health offices that are in charge of issuing birth certificate copies in VA. Please note that posting your request to a county office may have a shorter processing time than a larger office.

FAQs about Virginia Birth Certificates

  • How do I get my birth certificate from Virginia?

    Obtaining a birth certificate copy for a Virginia-born citizen can be easily done online.

    To avoid the hassle of waiting in line at the vital records office and ensure your VA birth certificate can be issued on the first try:

    • Fill out the online birth certificate application form (click button above). Our experts will review it to ensure it is error-free
    • Once revised, print, sign and pack the form with photocopies of a state-issued ID (acceptable identification documents listed above in detail), and the applicable fees
    • Post your birth certificate application package to the vital records office
    • Receive your Virginia birth certificate at home
  • How long does it take to get birth certificate in Virginia?

    The fastest way to obtain a certified copy of a VA birth certificate is to order online.

    Processing time for a Virginia birth certificate is from 2-4 weeks. However, certain orders are rejected after this time.

    In order to avoid delays and ensure your birth certificate order is filled:

    • Complete the online birth certificate application form (available at the button above)
    • Let our experts help by reviewing your form to ensure it is error-free before you submit it
    • Follow our personalized instructions
  • How much does it cost to get a birth certificate from Virginia?

    Certified copies of a birth certificate issued by the State of Virginia carry a cost of $12 per copy.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy in a single birth certificate application form to keep extra certificates on file or for future use.

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    Fees must be submitted at the same time as the VA birth certificate application.

  • Where do I go to get a copy of my birth certificate?

    Birth certificates can be obtained in Virginia by placing an online order, mailing in an application or walking in to the vital records office.

    Ordering online and mailing in allow applicants to avoid the hassle of waiting in line for long hours.

    There are multiple vital records offices. Please consult exact addresses above and check opening hours once your online form is filled out.

    Regardless of the submission method, completing the form online (available at the button above) ensures the form is revised by an expert.

    Ensuring the birth certificate application is error-free means your birth certificate can be issued on the first try.

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