Updated: Jan 19
When you need to apostille a Virginia birth certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Virginia Department of Health. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:
Due to the pandemic impact on staffing, the Office of Vital Records will close the call center (804-662-6200) in order to redirect available staff to the continuation of certifying vital events and processing applications for vital records. Customers are encouraged to use the Contact Us page on our website to communicate with us. Please note that there may be extended response times due to increased volume. You can check the status of your existing request if you have an Application Tracking ID here. Answers to frequently asked questions are here.
We have multiple service options available to fulfill customer requests. Customers can receive in-person service at any Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, local health district or the Vital Records central office in Henrico. To locate the nearest location, please use this tool here. Please check with the specific location nearest you, since hours of operation may be limited at some locations. The Vital Records central office, located at 2001 Maywill St., Suite 101 in Henrico operates Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can also receive expedited service, including electronic applications and applications over the phone by contacting our service partner VitalChek: [here]. Additional fees apply for expedited service, based on the service option selected. You can also create an application and mail it in using this tool: [here].
Ways to obtain a vital record:
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 our processing times for applications through the mail are 8 weeks from the time they are received in the Office of Vital Records. If you need your records faster, you are strongly encouraged to utilize the Express Delivery option or to check for walk-in locations near you for current hours of operation. Our main office at 2001 Maywill St in Richmond, Virginia 23230 is operating our public lobby during the temporary extended hours of Monday - Friday 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Apostille for Virginia Birth Certificate
When you are in the United States and you need to conduct this sort of business internationally, an apostille most likely will be required. There is no margin for error with the authentication or apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this service to someone with experience, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.