The District of Columbia Department of Health maintains the vital records for the area. All certificates require a valid
government issued photo identification and some other piece of ID. Without a valid piece of official then three (3) other pieces
of ID are required. Parents and guards must have require written permission to receive certificates of children over the age of
Birth certificates become public records 100 years after their issuance. Death certificates are available 50 years after the death.
Vital Records Division
899 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
• Birth Certificate Application (html)
• Death Certificate Application (html)
Marriage and divorce certificates are handled by the Superior Court of District of Columbia. Certificates cost $20 dollars for the
first copy and $10 dollars each additional copy.
500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Room 4485
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 879-4840