Virginia Birth Records Search
The Virginia Department of Health Vital Records Division is the entity in charge of keeping and storing all birth records for the state. They began collecting Virginia birth records in 1912.
Virginia keeps access to birth records private until 100 years then they become public records. Therefore, only the following people can get a copy of yours: you, if you are a legal adult, your parents, spouse, your children, siblings, your legal guardian or a court-appointed representative.
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You must also provide proof of your identity when requesting a Virginia birth record search and certificate. You can use one of the following forms of photo ID: unexpired driver’s license, learner's permit, DMV-issued photo ID, school photo ID, military ID, a passport, citizenship paperwork, a government-issued state ID with photo, a atemporary resident card or a prison ID.
If you cannot produce one of the above, they have a secondary list of ID requirements, but you must provide two of them.
You will need the following information when applying:
- Relationship to the person listed on the record.
- Full name at birth.
- Place of birth.
- Reason for the certificate.
- Mother’s full maiden name.
- Father’s full name.
- Your contact info including phone number.
- How many copies you need.
Types of Virginia Birth Records
Virginia offers only one type of birth record for you to purchase and that is a certified copy. With a certified copy you can legally prove your identity and apply for a driver’s license, passport, join the militia or obtain government permits.
Virginia can also amend or correct incorrect Virginia birth records upon request.
Virginia’s current population is estimated at 8.53 million based on the last census done in 2010. Ranked 13th in the country, It has an annual growth rate of 1.15%. The state has a population density of 202.6 people per square mile, making it the 12th largest in the country.
Virginia was one of the original 13 States.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in Virginia. The total population of Virginia is estimated at 8,414,380 people with 4,138,758 male and 4,275,622 female. There are 136,864 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.81% of the total population.
The Virginia Gender Ratio is 97 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.97. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Virginia Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 13.30 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 102,460 total births — the lowest in Virginia history, and higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 102,460, 2.60% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Virginia
Top 5 Counties in Virginia with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Virginia with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Virginia with the highest birth rate|
|Chesterfield County - 11.46||Alexandria City - 18.12|
|Spotsylvania County - 11.68||Newport News City - 15.48|
|Stafford County - 11.85||Prince William County - 15.04|
|Henrico County - 11.95||Norfolk City - 14.47|
|Chesapeake City - 12.09||Arlington County - 14.02|
Virginia Fertility Rate
In Virginia the fertility rate based on historical data went from 65.60 to 62.17 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 61.13 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.30 to 29.45.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of Virginia are Alexandria city - 71.96, Prince William - 71.72 and Newport News city - 70.06. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
|Norfolk city County||65.46|
|Virginia Beach city County||62.7|
|Hampton city County||60.69|
|Chesapeake city County||59.8|
|Richmond city County||53.81|
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain a Virginia Birth Certificate
You can request a Virginia birth record search and a certificate in four ways, by mail, walk-in, online or by visiting a DMV office in the state. Virginia charges $12 for each certificate. There is a $30 charge for returned checks.
When ordering by mail, you can send your application, fees, and proof of ID to: VDH, Office of Vital Records, P.O. Box 1000, Richmond, Virginia, 23218-1000
Mail orders take 1-2 weeks for processing. Be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return your certificate in. You can get same-day service by visiting their Richmond office at 2001 Maywill Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230. You must pay with cash, check or money order. Their hours are: