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MS Access: DateValue Function

This MSAccess tutorial explains how to use the Access DateValue function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Access DateValue function converts a string to a date.


The syntax for the Microsoft Access DateValue function is:

DateValue ( string_date )

Parameters or Arguments

string_date is a string representation of a date. string_date can be a date ranging from January 1, 100 to December 31, 9999. It can include a time component, if desired.


If string_date includes numbers separated by slashes (or other date separators), then the DateValue function will use your Window's Short Date format to determine the order of the year, month, and day components.

If string_date does not include the year component of the date, the DateValue function will use the current year.

Applies To

The DateValue function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Access:

  • Access 2013, Access 2010, Access 2007, Access 2003, Access XP, Access 2000


DateValue ("June 30, 2004")
Result: 6/30/2004

DateValue ("6/30/2004")
Result: 6/30/2004

DateValue ("June 30")
Result: 6/30/2004

Example (in VBA Code)

The DateValue function can be used in VBA code in Microsoft Access. For example:

Dim LDate As Date

LDate = DateValue ("May 15, 2003")

In this example, the variable called LDate would now contain the value of 5/15/2003.

Example (in SQL/Queries)

You can also use the DateValue function in a query in Microsoft Access.

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