How to Obtain Birth Certificates in District of Columbia
If you were born in the District of Columbia and needed a copy of your birth certificate for validating your identity, you can follow the steps below to get one quickly.
Washington D.C. classifies birth records older than 100 years as open and those less than 100 years old closed. They maintain birth certificates going back to 1874.
You must be sure you are entitled to request a copy of the birth record if it is not your own. Only specific people can obtain copies for others. When you require a copy, you must pass an Identity Quiz before gaining access. If you cannot pass this identity quiz, then you must provide two forms of identification along with a valid photo ID.
The appropriate forms of identification accepted are:
- Social security card.
- Vehicle registration/title.
- Utility bill within the past 60 days.
- Sealed court documents.
- W2 form from the previous year or a filed tax return.
You may obtain your copy of your birth certificate in the District of Columbia in many ways such as online, by phone, through the mail or at a kiosk in their central office. If you are appearing in person, you must visit the location below Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. You may download the application form here.
Department of Health
Vital Records Division
899 North Capitol Street, NE - First Floor
Washington, DC 20002
If you decide to order by mail or online, you can do so by following the Other Options instructions below.
You will also need to pay a non-refundable fee of $23 for a certified copy. The cost for a non-certified version is only $10.
You also have the option of using an online service such as GoCertiricates.com or VitalChek.com to locate and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker. You may also pay online using a debit or credit card.