I ordered mine four days after yours. I received it after 4 weeks.
You're fortunate you got one at all. Occasionally, I don't get one back ... and they keep the check. BUT I've found that in states (like NY for example) if you know the county of the event, obtaining it from the city clerk is much faster.
I work for the State of VA and I deal with forms and records all the time. My dept. has a mandated 10 day turn around time except during holidays. I don't know about other depts.I know things were slow as the proverbial molasses in January when I worked at the community college.
I'm fortunate to live in the Richmond area where you can go and immediately get your documents from Vital Statistics. One thing, my mother had different name spellings on her birth certificate and death certificate. I ordered both and the clerk told me if I hadn't ordered the death certificate she wouldn't have been able to find the birth certificate ... even though I gave her various spellings I knew she used. Turned out her birth certificate had a completely different spelling from what she used as her first name. If I had filled out the form online, I couldn't have given these comments or confirmation when the clerk asked me to do that. These issues won't come up after the 9/11 identification standards.
Lynda I am from South Australia and read your comment about being fortunate enough to live in the Richmond area of Virginia and able to get copies of BC from Vital Statistics. I was wondering if you would be willing to do some research for me. My GG Grandfather was born in Richmond, Virginia back in 1836, but I have not been able to find anything about him before he came to South Australia. If you are happy to do so I will give you my email address and I can send you his name, etc.
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