How To Access Virginia Divorce Records
The Virginia Department of Health, Division of Vital Records, has both mail in and walk in service for the issuance of divorce certificates as it is the main state repository for these records. Typically, same day service is available from this office in person and 4 -6 weeks processing time is needed for mail orders. Expedited mail orders are usually available for an extra fee.
Due to state privacy laws, Virginia divorce records are not considered public information until 50 years after the date on the record. This makes access to divorce records in Virginia easily accessible only to the persons named on the documents, their immediate family and agencies or individuals authorized by law to request the information. Depending on the circumstances, you may or may not be able to access another person’s Virginia divorce records with a signed letter of permission from one of the individuals named on the document.