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


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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