Vital Records & Population Data

Statewide vital registration in Vermont began in 1857 when the General Assembly passed legislation requiring towns to report all births, marriages and deaths to the Secretary of State. Prior to that time, some towns kept such records in order to resolve questions concerning the distribution and inheritance of property.

Vital records – particularly death records – became recognized as an important tool for studying the location and spread of epidemics. In 1896, the Legislature transferred responsibility for the vital statistics system to the newly formed Board of Health, currently known as the Vermont Department of Health. The Health Department has retained responsibility for vital statistics to the present day. Since 2000, the Vermont vital records system includes eight types of vital events: births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil unions, dissolutions, fetal deaths and abortions.

Ordering Vital Records from the Health Department

Security changes beginning July 1, 2019

Upcoming Changes to Birth & Death Certificates in Vermont

When it goes into effect, Act 46 (2017) will enhance the safety and security of birth and death certificates, provide better protection against misuse of these legal documents, and reduce the potential for identity theft. The changes also streamline the statewide system for creating, storing and tracking birth and death certificates. The changes go into effect on July 1, 2019.

What You Need to Know

  • Only family members, legal guardians, certain court-appointed parties or their legal representatives can apply for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate. For death certificates, a funeral home or crematorium may apply for a certified copy.
  • Applicants must show valid identification when applying for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate.
  • Certified copies of birth and death certificates can be ordered from any town in Vermont.
  • Nothing will change when it comes to ordering copies of marriage, civil union, divorce or dissolution certificates, but there will be minor changes to what you need to do to obtain a marriage license.

Read Act 46 (2017) in full

Certified copies of certificates of birth, death, marriage, civil union, divorce and dissolution are available for a fee from the Department of Health or the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. Before you can order your form, you must decide which office to contact. Records for events that occurred from 2013 to present are maintained by the Department of Health. All others are maintained by the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.

Year of Event Order records from
2013-present Health Department
2012 and before State Archives and Records Administration

To order Records:

  • Complete and print the form below.
  • Make check or money order payable to "Vermont Department of Health".
  • The fee for certified copies is $10.00 per copy.
  • Return the request form with your check or money order to the address on the form. Do NOT mail cash.

Order a Certified Copy

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Contact Vital Records

Phone: 800-439-5008 (within VT) or 802-863-7275, Email:


In This Section

You will not automatically receive a copy of your child’s birth certificate

Most of the information needed to complete the death certificate is obtained from the family of the deceased

When a couple wishes to marry in Vermont, they provide a town clerk with the information needed to complete the license

A divorce certificate or certificate dissolving a civil union is initiated by a lawyer or other individual handling the divorce or dissolution

The new rules for Vital Records established by Act 46 intend to bring Vermont in line with best practices to enhance the safety and security of vital records and provide greater protection against identity theft.

The EDRS has increased efficiency in the death reporting process, reducing the time it takes to finalize a death record from 38 days to just four days

The Vermont vital statistics system monitors vital events in Vermont

In addition to conducting a national census count every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau produces annual population estimates.