How to Get a Virginia Birth Certificate


Losing or damaging your birth certificate can be a rather frustrating experience. This is because you often need your birth certificate things that are highly important and it often takes a while for you to receive your new copy. For instance, your birth certificate may be required for new jobs, to get a marriage license, to receive social security, and more. Therefore, when we are in a situation in which we have to acquire a new birth certificate, it is often stressful and urgent. That said, the following is an overview of how to get a new birth certificate for residents of Virginia.

The Old-Fashioned Way

One method of getting a new Virginia birth certificate is by using the old-fashioned method. To do this, you must first download and fill out the application form. Keep in mind that you must provide a clear copy of your state-issued ID. From there, you must make a check payable or money order payable to the State Health Department and pay a fee of approximately $12.

All of this information must be mailed to:

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

The process takes around 1-2 weeks, once the information and payment have been received.

The New Way

On the other hand, if you are not too keen on the old-fashioned method, you can try the newer method. This method is much quicker and easier than the old method. Simply go to the website: to fill out the form to request a new copy of your birth certificate. It only takes around 5-minutes to fill out the form and you will receive email updates throughout the process until you have received your new copy. Once you have submitted the form, you must send in the proper documentation. You can do this via email, fax, or mail it in to:
355 Columbus Ave. #4
San Francisco, CA 94133

However, if you opt to mail them in, be sure to send it copies only, as the documentation will not be returned. Moreover, the fees vary based on your intended turnaround time. The fees are as follows:

  • Standard Processing: This takes 20-30 business days and costs $33.
  • Expedited Processing: This takes 10 to 14 business days and requires the following fees: $33.00 (state/government fee) + $69.95 = $102.95.
  • Immediate Processing: This takes 4 to 6 business days and costs $33.00 (state/government fee) + $99.95 = $132.95.

Overall, ordering a new birth certificate can be a frustrating process. However, this short guide will help you receive your new Virginia birth certificate as quickly as you need it.