Birth and Death Certificates
Birth and death certificates are maintained by Virginia's Office of Vital Records in Richmond. Vital records are available to immediate family members only: mother, father, husband, wife, adult son or daughter, brother, sister, grandparents, and adult grandchildren with valid ID.
- Aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, ex-spouses, etc. cannot obtain a vital record.
- Birth records become public information after 100 years; and death, marriage, and divorce records after 25 years.
Fairfax County Offices of Vital Records
Joseph Willard Health Center
3750 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax VA, 22030
Phone: 703-246-7122, TTY 711
Mount Vernon Office
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 233
Alexandria, VA 22309
Phone: 703-704-6138, TTY 711
Functions of the Fairfax County Office of Vital Records
- Request copies of death certificates for all deaths occurring in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church during the past 5 years
- Certify death certificate applications
- Certify births outside a hospital only
- Request a Verification of Death Letter
- Issue out-of-state transit permits
For information on how to obtain a certified vital record, please visit the Virigina Department of Health Office of Vital Records.
Virginia's Office of Vital Records can be reached by phone at 1-804-662-6200.
You may request certain corrections to a birth certificate through the Virginia Department of Health. If the request is denied, then you may file a request through the Fairfax Circuit Court. A copy of the denial letter from the Office of Vital Records must accompany the petition, order and supporting documentation to correct a birth certificate.
View information on correcting a Virginia birth certificate .