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
|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 completing the following form:
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.
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 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 may take 6-8 weeks to process.