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Birth Certificates

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The Vital Records Division houses birth certificates dating back to August 1874.  Birth records become public 100 years after the date of birth. Immediate family members (mother, father, sister and brother) may request a copy of birth certificates.  Aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other relatives cannot obtain a birth certificate from Vital Records prior to the record becoming public, unless the  Approval Guidelines are met.

Walk-in Application Requests

A walk-in application request can be made for a certified copy of a birth certificate by visiting the Vital Records Division located at:

Department of Health
Vital Records Division
899 North Capitol Street, NE - First Floor
Washington, DC 20002

The hours of operations are 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday and the office is closed on major holidays. 

Birth Certificate Services



Birth Certificate - Certified $23.00
Foreign and Domestic Adoptions $28.00
Gender Designation Processing $28.00
Delayed Birth Certificate $23.00
Correction to a Birth Certificate $23.00
Administrative Copies $10.00 per request
Verifications $5.00 per request
Acknowledgment of Parentage Verification $5.00 per request
Certificate of Search (3 Consecutive Years) $23.00 - Births

Mail-in Application Requests

A mail-in request can be made for a certiied copy of a birth certificate by completing the following form: 

Birth Certificate Application

Please allow 36-48 hours for applications to be received prior to calling the customer service department with questions about your application. The contact phone number to call is (877) 572-6332.

Gender Designation Instructions, Application Form, and Model Letter

Online and Telephone-Order Requests

For your convenience, you can make your requests online or over the telephone through VitalChek Network, Inc., an independent company that we have partnered with to provide this service. VitalChek can be reached through their website, www.vitalchek.com or by phone at (877) 572-6332.   An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service; all major credit cards are accepted.


There are several provisions in the District of Columbia statue whereby corrections, amendments and/or changes may be made to birth and death certificates. Vital Records encourages you to mail your correction requests or call Vital Record’s Customer Service line at (202) 442-9303.  Vital records will gladly explain and forward all the necessary information to you on how to make corrections and amendments.

Genealogy Requests

A genealogy request oftentimes requires an exhaustive search by Vital Records Division staff and involves working with the Federal or DC Records Center. Because of this, genealogy requests may take 6-8 weeks to process.

Related Links


Related Services: 
District of Columbia Birth Application 415.28 KB
Service Contact: 
Center for Policy Planning and Evaluation, Vital Records Division
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-9303
Contact Fax: 
(202) 442-4848
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
First Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm