Georgia State Office of Vital Records

Georgia State Office of Vital Records

To be redirected to the Georgia State Office of Vital Records website , visit HERE

Vital Records is responsible for registering, preserving, amending, and certifying all Georgia vital events.


Greetings from the State Office of Vital Records,

As we look ahead to the new year and everything 2022 may bring, it is also important to make sure we complete all our duties from the previous year. Over the next few months, important work must still be done to ensure that every vital record from 2021 has been completed. That means ensuring a birth record has been registered for every child born in Georgia, that a complete and accurate death certificate is available for everyone died in Georgia, and all fetal deaths, marriages, divorces, and induced terminations of pregnancy have been accounted for. In the coming weeks and months our staff at the State Office of Vital Records may contact you to request updates, verify information, and confirm the data received for 2021 are complete and accurate. Please assist them in this work by answering any questions they may have, and by reviewing and completing any unresolved records in your possession. This will help ensure we have complete and accurate data for local, state, and national statistics, and that our constituents will have access to their vital records in the future, whenever they may need them.

In 2022, we look forward to continuing our work to improve GAVERS and our operations. We have identified contractors who will help us to train more physicians to certify death records electronically. Work is underway to develop several new GAVERS features to improve the system, and we look forward to bringing those to you later this year.

Thank you for all you do to support Vital Records and the people of Georgia!
Chris Harrison
State Registrar & Deputy Director
State Office of Vital Records
Georgia Department of Public Health

Upcoming Webinars

  • Vital Records Process & Procedures Overview - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 2:00 pm
    The State Office of Vital Records will offer a VR Overview of Processes and Procedures Webinar for local county registrars, funeral homes, birthing facilities, medical examiners, coroners, and their staff. Please register via the link below. If you have any questions, please contact your regional consultant. Note: This training is only open to the Georgia DPH stakeholders named above and is closed to the general public.
    Register HERE


Joseph Little
(770) 909-2952 or (404) 863-4832

Kamilah Traylor
(770) 909-2941 or (404) 901-1615

Michael Valle
(770) 909-5383

Petra Hood
(404) 679-4745

Shawnketrius Tukes
770-909-2943 or (404) 901-1634

Joseph Little
(770) 909-2952 or (404) 863-4832

Ashleigh Griffin
(404) 909-2938

Guidance from the State Registrar - COVID-19 Death Certificate Amendments

Greetings from the State Office of Vital Records,

To amend a death certificate to add “COVID-19” the certifying physician, medical examiner, or coroner must submit a written request detailing the changes needed, along with at least one piece of evidence from an official source, such as a positive lab test for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), or a medical record clearly stating the diagnosis of COVID-19. All requests should be e-mailed to along with the scanned documentation. If e-mail is not an option, the request can be mailed to the State Office of Vital Records at this address:

State Office of Vital Records
1680 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, Georgia 30349

This requirement to submit medical evidence does not apply if fixing a simple spelling mistake, like “COIVD-19” to “COVID-19” or when updating a pending death certificate that did not previously have a cause of death.

Thank you,

Christopher JP Harrison, MPH
State Registrar

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Guidance for Certifying COVID-19 Deaths

State Office of Vital Records Guidance for Certifying COVID-19 Deaths - May 7, 2020 - HERE

Update on Walk-in Services

Due to the public health state of emergency surrounding COVID-19, we have suspended Vital Records walk-in services at the State Office of Vital Records until further notice. You may request birth and death records online using one of our approved third party vendors (ROVERGo Certificates, or VitalChek) or visit your local county office. It is strongly recommended that you call first, before visiting your county office. If you would like to make a change or correction to a vital record, please mail your request, along with the required documentation, to our facility. Our mailing address is 1680 Phoenix Blvd., Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30349. For all other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 404-679-4702. Our Communications Center will be open from 8:00am to 4:30pm to assist you during this time. Stay safe and be well.

**Due to the public health state of emergency surrounding COVID-19, processing times for all vital records requests may be delayed.

ATTENTION: Rule Changes for 511-1-3.23 Effective June 23, 2021

The Georgia State Office of Vital Records has announced rule changes for 511-1-3.23 (Permits for Disposition, Disinterment and Reinterment) will take effect on June 23, 2021. 

To learn more about this change, GFDA Members can visit the Member Page

Click the links below for the State Office of Vital Records forms. Note: It is important to download the form each time, instead of having copies on file. This will ensure if they update the form, you have the correct version. 

  • NEW Permit for Disinterment/Reinternment Form (EFFECTIVE JUNE 23, 2021) - HERE
  • Disposition of Human Remains Form - HERE
  • Supplemental Death Form - HERE
  • Pronouncement of Death Form - HERE
  • Deputy Registrars for Disposition Permits - HERE

If you have any questions about these forms you should contact the State Office of Vital Records.


  • Georgia Code - Click HERE
  • Georgia Rules & Regulations - Click HERE

Locations Page (ACTION REQUIRED)

If you have not had the opportunity to view the new locations page on our main DPH website, please take a moment to visit the page and verify your information. The link to the page is provided below for easy access. If you find any discrepancies with your information, please send an e-mail to or simply reply to this announcement.

Find Your Vital Records Office

We thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Georgia Department of Public Health - Office of Vital Records - Vital Connections Newsletter may be found HERE

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