Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Board of Health Regulations Governing Vital Records [12 VAC 5 ‑ 550]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description The regulations are designed to set forth the requirements to facilitate the vital record registration activities and health statistical services in a manner to ensure the uniform and efficient administration of the system.
State Authority Section 32.1-249 through 32.1-276
Federal Authority N/A
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation Whether the regulations continue to administer the Commonwealth's only system of vital records by including provisions for ensuring the accurate, uniform, efficient and confidential administration of the system for maintaining vital records.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Seth Austin  / State Registrar of Vital Records
2001 Maywill Street, Suites 263 and 268
Richmond, VA 23230
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)662-6244    FAX: (804)662-7262    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amend Regulations Following Statutory Changes Fast-Track Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Amend Regulations following Periodic Review - Administrative and Technical amendments -

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
To create a Certificate of Live Birth form and a Certified Birth Certificate
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/14/2009.
Amending the Regulations Governing Vital Records Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/08/2003.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amend regulations following periodic review - Change of Sex Proposed Stage withdrawn on 11/12/2020 after the comment period had ended.
Amendment in accordance with a recent court case Proposed Stage withdrawn on 10/14/2009 after the Governor's office completed its review.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
10/30/2023 Agency Completed Amend
10/4/2010 Agency Completed Amend