[USA] Virginia Law Permits Public To Obtain Vital Records From the Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

A law enacted earlier in 2013,   [SB 1039, Chapter 0534 of the 2013 Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia]  [ http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+ful+CHAP0534+pdf ]  directs the Commissioner of the Department of Health and the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to enter into a memorandum of understanding to develop a program to allow Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue certified copies of vital records.  Customers will still be able to obtain documents from the VDH Division of Vital Records office in Richmond, or by ordering online for delivery through the mail.

Virginia Governor McDonnell announced the agreement earlier this week:  http://www.governor.virginia.gov/news/viewRelease.cfm?id=1887

The new partnership will make paper birth certificates from 1912 onward available at all 75 DMV customer service centers throughout the state beginning March 1, 2014.  Beginning July 1, 2015, the DMV is authorized to issue certified copies of all other birth records and all death, marriage, and divorce records. The DMV is subject to the State Registrar's rules, regulations, audit requirements, and penalties and that vital records must be on security paper.  The DMV and Department of Health joined the multi-state Electronic Verification of Vital Events (EVVE) network, developed and implemented by the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS). Through EVVE, Virginia DMV can verify a customer's birth record through databases in 31 states, including Virginia.

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting us to this novel method of obtaining vital records.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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