By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Obtaining copies of Virginia birth certificates became a little easier in March when new legislation authorized their issuance through Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
According to a press release from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office, copies of Virginia birth certificates can be obtained at all 75 of the state’s DMV customer service centers and five mobile offices. To obtain a birth certificate through DMV, the customer must fill out an application, submit necessary documentation and pay a $14 fee.
According to McAuliffe about 5,000 Virginians already have requested birth certificates at DMV locations.
Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Vital Records has long been the only source for birth, death, marriage and divorce records. As of Jan. 1, copies of death, marriage and divorce records also will be available through DMV.
“We are excited to partner with VDH to offer this option to Virginians,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “DMV is dedicated to providing security, integrity and convenience in delivering this important service.”
All original records will continue to be stored securely at the Vital Records office.