Copies of birth, marriage and divorce certificates can now be obtained at all local health departments in Virginia.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District recently announced that those certificates are now available at all health departments for any such event that occurred in the state.

According to a news release, local health departments previously were limited to providing death certificates. Death certificates can be filed, and certified copies obtained, at any health department in the state, regardless of where the death occurred.

Only immediate family members — such as parents, a spouse, child, sibling or grandparent —  and legal guardians with proper identification can obtain certificate copies. Legal guardians must provide custody papers to obtain copies.  Extended family members — such as aunts, uncles, in-laws and former spouses — cannot get copies.  

There is a one-page application to request certificates. Applications are available online and at local health department offices. Thomas Jefferson Health District offices are located in Charlottesville, Palmyra, Arrington, Stanardsville and the town of Louisa.

“The process for getting certificate copies at your local health department is very quick and easy,” said Teresa Batten, a local health district official. 

Each certificate and/or search of a vital record costs $12. More information can be found at www.vdh.virginia.gov/Thomas-jefferson/vital-records.

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