Birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates are maintained by Virginia’s Division 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 identification. Aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, ex-spouses, etc. cannot obtain a vital record. Birth records become public information after 100 years while death, marriage and divorce records after 25 years.
Fairfax County Office of Vital Records Hours and Locations
Fairfax County Office of Vital Records has offices in Fairfax and Alexandria and serves Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Birth Certificates in Fairfax County
Fairfax County Office of Vital Records certifies births outside a hospital only.
Correcting a Virginia Birth Certificate
You may request certain corrections to a birth certificate through Virginia’s Division of Vital Records. If the request is denied, you may file a request through the Fairfax Circuit Court. A copy of the denial letter from the Virginia Division of Vital Records must accompany the petition, order and supporting documentation to correct a birth certificate.
For more information about the process, see correcting a Virginia birth certificate.
Death Certificates in Fairfax County
Fairfax County Office of Vital Records can:
- Provide copies of death certificates for all deaths that happened in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church during the past five years.
- Certify death certificate applications.
- Request a Verification of Death Letter.
- Issue out-of-state transit permits.