Vital Records

A vital record is a certificate or report of a life event like a birth, death, adoption, marriage or divorce. When these events take place in Virginia, the Virginia Office of Vital Records keeps the official record in Richmond.

Page updated on Sep 1, 2021 at 1:51 PM

Get a Copy

The Alexandria Health Department offers in-person and mail-in support to obtain copies of Virginian:

  • Birth certificates
  • Death certificates
  • Marriage/divorce records

Only eligible family members with a valid ID can get a copy of the record. For complete information, visit the VDH Office of Vital Records or call us at 703.746.4991

Location & Hours

Main Office: 4480 King Street, 2nd Floor

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • First and Third Thursday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Second, Fourth and Fifth Thursday: 1 to 4 pm

Eligible Family Members

  • mother
  • father
  • current legal spouse
  • son
  • daughter
  • brother
  • sister 
  • grandparent

Valid IDs

A list of valid identification documents is available from the VDH Office of Vital Records.

New Records


Most new parents apply for a birth certificate while in the hospital. For home births or other situations when new parents need assistance applying for a birth certificate, the Health Department can provide guidance and an application. Reach us as 703.746.4991 or visit the VDH Office of Vital Records website.

Marriage Licenses

In Virginia, a clerk of the local Circuit Court issues marriage licenses. In the City of Alexandria, the Clerk's Office is at 520 King Street. Visit the Clerk's website for more on their requirements, application and costs

Only after a marriage officiant completes, signs and returns the Marriage Register and the Marriage Return to the Clerk's Office is a Virginia marriage record created.


The Circuit Court's clerk office does not have a 'divorce' application. Visit their website for more information.

Corrections or Changes to Vital Records

The Health Department can help you correct or change an already existing vital record.

Call 703.746.4991 or visit VDH Office of Vital Records for more information.

Additional Places to Find Vital Records

Eligible family members can get Virginia vital records by:

  • Mail
  • Online
  • Walk-In

Different offices where vital records are available:

Fees and hours vary by location.

Visit this CDC website to find vital records from other states or the district.