Virginia’s Advance Directive Registry

Virginia is one of 13 States that administer legislatively authorized health care advance directive registries:

Information on Virginia’s Registry is as follows:

• Administrator: Department of Health, Connect Virginia Exchange

• Legislation: Va. Code Ann. § 54.1-2994, enacted 2008

• Website:

• Eligible Documents: Documents for submission to the registry include living wills, anatomical gifts and health care powers of attorneys and must be notarized

• How to File: Registration is done online through the Connect Virginia website. Completion of all required fields, acceptance of the terms and conditions, and the upload of documents satisfy the registry requirements

• Access: Registrants have access to their registries along with anyone given the account information on the wallet ID card. Health care providers who are giving care to the registrant have access to the registry information as well

• Updates: Registrants are responsible for the changes, updates or revocation that occurring on the database

• Costs: Registration for filing an advance directive is free.

Posted by Sheri Abrams, Fairfax Virginia Estate Planning Attorney,

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