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Death Certificates

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The Vital Records Division has death certificates dating back to August 1874. Death records become public 50 years after the date of death.  Death certificates are only available to mother, father, sister, brother, spouses named on the death certificate, children, informants and legal representatives (proof of relationship is required). All others requesting certified copies of death certificates, must demonstrate direct and tangible interest. Please review the Approval Guidelines to ensure that you are entitled to your request.

Walk-in Application Requests

A walk-in application request can be made for a certified copy of a death 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 operation are 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday and the office is closed on major holidays.

Death Certificate Services

Description Fee
Death Certificate - Certified $18.00
Correction to a Death Certificate $23.00
Administrative Copies $10.00 per request
Verifications $5.00 per request
Certificate of Search (3 Consecutive Years) $18.00 - Deaths

Mail-in Application Requests

A mail-in application request can be made for a certified copy of a death certificate by visiting the following website:

Death 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.

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.

Corrections/ Amendments

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 often times 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.

Attachment(s): 
AttachmentSize
District of Columbia Death Application324.63 KB
Service Contact: 
Center for Policy Planning and Evaluation, Vital Records Division
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-9303
Contact Fax: 
(202) 442-4848
Contact TTY: 
711
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
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20002