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Vermont Vital Records

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What are Vermont Vital Records?

Vital records in Vermont are official birth certificates, marriage certificates, fetal death records, divorce records, and death certificates. Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is the state department responsible for all vital events.

To obtain certified copies, you will need to supply the Vermont Department of Health with all the necessary documentation. Sometimes this includes authorized copies of essential documents to prove your relationship to a family member.


How Can I Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate in Vermont?

Vermont birth records

A birth certificate verifies your identity when applying for things like passports, social security cards, and driver's licenses. To obtain your Vermontbirth certificate, you will need to fill out the proper form and follow additional instructions.

The vital records office issues Vermont birth records, and you can obtain them through the mail, online, or in person. You can only request a copy of your birth certificate from the state where you were born.

You can get a birth certificate from the Vermont vital records office, town clerk's office, or the county recorder's office.

Only the people below may obtain a copy of a birth record:

  • Yourself.
  • Your parent.
  • Your child.
  • Spouse.
  • Sibling.
  • Grandparent.
  • Your grandchild.
  • Your legal guardian or legal representative.

To obtain copies of a birth certificate, you will need to prove your identity, complete an application, and mail it to the state's vital records office where you were born.

When applying, be sure to include a copy of your photo ID along with your completed application form. The following forms of ID are acceptable:

  • Vermont driver's license.
  • State ID card.
  • Other U.S. driver's license.
  • Other state ID card.
  • U.S. passport.

The health department has birth records from 2014 to the present. You can obtain older records from the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.

You will need to send in the completed application form, along with your photo I.D., and a check or money order payable to "The State of Vermont" in the proper amount to:

Vermont Department of Health
Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 70
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05402-0070

The cost of a certified copy of a birth certificate in Vermont is $10. If you require more than one certified copy, you may request them by paying an additional fee of $10 for each copy.

Birth certificate orders usually take 5-7 days.


How Can I Get a Copy of a Death Certificate in Vermont?

Vermont death records

Vermont has been keeping death records since 1858, but some towns have even older records dating back to 1778. The Vermont Health Statistics and Records Office is the government agency responsible for death records, and they can issue copies of death certificates upon request to eligible individuals.

Death records are not public, and only close family and legal representatives can obtain copies. The Vital Records Office permits you to order copies of death certificates through the mail, in person at the town clerk's office, local health office, or online.

Death records are considered private records, and only the following list of family members can get a copy:

  • Spouse.
  • Child.
  • Parent.
  • Sibling.
  • Grandparent.
  • Legal guardian.
  • Court-appointed executor.
  • Petitioner for decedents' estate.
  • Legal representative.

When requesting copies of death records, you will need the following information:

  • Full name of the person on the certificate.
  • Death date
  • Gender.
  • Location where the death occurred.
  • Full name of the deceased's mother.
  • Full name of the deceased's father.

You will also need to provide your name, address, date of birth, phone number, email address, signature, and relationship to the person listed on the certificate.


How Can I Get a Copy of a Vermont Marriage Certificate?

Vermont marriage records

Marriage records in Vermont are kept and maintained by two offices. For weddings that took place before 2013, you can contact the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. For marriages from 2014 to the present, you must contact the Vermont Health Statistics and Vital Records Office.

You can obtain a copy through the mail and in person at any Department of Health office.

The Vermont State Archives Records Administration has records from 2013 and earlier. The Vermont Department of Health, Health Statistics, and Vital Records Office has records from 2014.

The fee for a copy of a marriage certificate is $10 each. You may order as many as you need at the same time.

When requesting copies of marriage records in Vermont, you need the following information:

  • Name of the first party.
  • Name of the second party.
  • The date that the marriage took place.

How Can I Get a Copy of a Divorce Record in Vermont?

Vermont divorce records

The state of Vermont provides divorce records and civil union dissolution certificates. You can order copies from 2014 and earlier from the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. For records from 2014 to the present, you can approach the Vermont Health Statistics and Vital Records Office.

The Vermont Vital Records Office allows eligible parties to order records through the mail using the downloadable application and paying a fee or visiting their office in person. Divorce records are required when you get remarried or in other situations to verify your marital status.

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