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.

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 2012 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
2012-present Health Department
2011 and before State Archives and Records Administration

Ordering Vital Records from the Health Department

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

Order a Birth Certificate

Order a Death Certificate

Order a Marriage Certificate

Order a Civil Union Certificate

Order a Divorce Certificate

Order a Dissolution Certificate

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 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

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