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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 [PDF] 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 visiting the following website: 

Birth Certificate Application

Please allow 36-48 hours for your mail-in application to be received prior to calling our customer service department with any questions about your application. The contact phone number to call is 1-877-572-6332.

Birth Certificate Gender Designation Application Form [PDF]

Statement of Licensed Healthcare Provider Certifying the Applicant's Gender Change [PDF]

Online and Telephone-Order Requests

For your convenience, you can order requests online or over the telephone through VitalChek Network, Inc., an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service. VitalChek can be reached through its 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 request 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

Genealogy requests 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 can oftentimes 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
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE