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.

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.
  • Birthdate.
  • 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 Population

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.

State Population
1 birth every 308 seconds

1 death every 462 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than Virginia Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Virginia
Hawaii - 12.01Oklahoma - 13.53
Kansas - 13.05North Dakota - 15.04
Maryland - 11.73Texas - 14.03
New Mexico - 11.82South Dakota - 14.32
Kentucky - 13.09Idaho - 13.70

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 - 11.46Alexandria City - 18.12
Spotsylvania County - 11.68Newport News City - 15.48
Stafford County - 11.85Prince William County - 15.04
Henrico County - 11.95Norfolk City - 14.47
Chesapeake City - 12.09Arlington 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:

County Fertility rate
Loudoun County65.97
Norfolk city County65.46
Fairfax County63.73
Virginia Beach city County62.7
Hampton city County60.69
Spotsylvania County60.66
Chesapeake city County59.8
Stafford County59.07
Henrico County58.92
Chesterfield County57.9
Arlington County53.88
Richmond city County53.81

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:

Virginia Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $12.00
Organization: Division of Vital Records
Address:P.O. Box 1000, Richmond, VA 23218-1000
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Virginia Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.