After your baby's born, hospital staff will provide you with a birth certificate worksheet. The completed worksheet—which is filed electronically with the Commonwealth of Virginia—will generate a printout for you to review and sign. This printout is sent to the Vital Records Office in Richmond, after which you can obtain an official copy of the birth certificate by submitting an application and a check to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The birth certificate worksheet also gives you the option to request a Social Security number—issued free by the federal Social Security Administration—for your baby. If you choose this option, a Social Security card will be mailed directly to your home in approximately eight weeks.