Vital Records


Norfolk Department of Public Health Vital Records offers a wide range of services to customers. The office of Vital Records is the city’s official records keeper for vital information pertaining to acknowledgement of paternity, minor name changes and home births occurring in Norfolk.

Searches & Fees

The Vital Records office is authorized by state statute to charge fees for searching for vital records and for other services including providing certified copies of death records. Fees are nonrefundable, even if the record is not located.

  • Records Search - $12 per death record
  • Additional Copies - $12

The Vital Records Office provides for the registration, correction and certification of deaths and fetal deaths. By law, only certain persons are entitled to copies of vital records.

We are committed to meeting our customer’s needs and expectations with quality service.

Requesting Vital Records

Applications and forms for requesting vital records can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website. Requests by mail should be sent to the contact information on the right. The following information must be provided with any request:

  • Full name of person whose death is being requested
  • The full date of person birth or death
  • The city’s where the event occurred
  • Relationship to descendant

The fees associated with a regular request by mail is $12 for each copy. The usual turnaround time for regular request by mail is three to five working days.