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Are District of Columbia Vital Records Open to the Public?

Vital records in the District of Columbia may be open or closed to the public depending on the type of record being requested and the year the event was recorded. These include marriage records, divorce records, birth records, and death records.


What Information Do I Need to Search for District of Columbia Vital Records Online?

To conduct a search for vital records, interested parties may need to provide related information such as:

  • The biodata including the full names of the persons named in the record
  • The reason for record request
  • The date the event was filed/registered
  • A government-issued ID (if applicable)

Publicly available vital records are also managed and disseminated by some third-party aggregate sites. These websites are generally not being limited by geographical record availability and may serve as an adequate starting point when researching specific or multiple records. However, third-party sites are not affiliated with the government. As such, record availability may differ from official channels. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, the requesting party will be required to provide:

  • The location of the record in question including city, county, or state where the case was filed.
  • The name of someone involved provided it is not a juvenile.


What Do I Need to Obtain Vital Records in the District of Columbia?

Inquirers searching for birth and death records will need to provide an identity card proving their entitlement. To be accepted, the provided document must be a government-issued photo ID such as driver license, US identity card, passports, etc. Persons that do not have a major ID card may be asked to provide two minor documents such as utility bills, insurance documents, etc.


What’s the difference between a Certified Record and Uncertified Copy of Vital Records?

Certified copies can be used to prove identity and for legally based reasons, while uncertified copies are used for all non-legal purposes such as research, genealogy, and other personal purposes.

Are District of Columbia Marriage Records Public Information?

Publically available Marriage Records can be obtained by anyone with the basic facts about the record. However, certified copies, sensitive information, and sealed records are not available to unauthorized parties.


How Do I Find Marriage Records in the District of Columbia?

Marriage records in DC can be found online, by mail, or by planning a physical visit to the Superior Court’s office of Marriage Bureau and Special Services. The necessary information needed to facilitate the request includes the names of the couple, their maiden names, and the date the marriage occurred. To obtain records by mail, requesters must prepare a written request containing all relevant information and send it along with a money order or a check payable to the “Clerk, DC Superior Court” to:

District of Columbia Superior Court
Marriage Bureau - JM 690
500 Indiana Av. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Are District of Columbia Divorce Records Public Information?

Records of divorces are considered public records in DC and are therefore available for anonymous viewing. However, confidential records are exempt from this rule. Also exempt are information pertaining to minors, and domestic violence victims contained in the record.


How Do I Find Divorce Records in the District of Columbia?

The DC superior court is responsible for maintaining divorce records generated from September 16, 1956, to date. To search and/or obtain copies of these records, interested parties can either search the online database maintained by the Superior Court or third party vendors OR alternatively visit or send a mail to the courthouse. Whichever way is favorable, requesters are required to provide the basic information such as the approximate date of divorce, the full names of the parties involved, and the divorce case number. The fee for obtaining a certified copy of a divorce certificate from the court is $6.50. The office physical/mailing address is:

DC Superior Court

500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Rm. 4335

Washington, DC 20001

Are District of Columbia Birth Records Public Information?

Birth Records are not public information in the District of Columbia. As such, they are available to only entitled individuals such as the adult persons named on the certificate, their first degree relations (parents, siblings, children, spouse), designated legal representatives, law enforcement agencies, as well as persons that have been authorized by a court order issued by a state-licensed judge. However, birth records dating as far back as 125 years ago are public information that can be accessed by any member of the general public.


How Do I Find Birth Records in the District of Columbia?

The DC Vital Records Division (DCVRD) maintains birth records that occurred from August 1874 to date. Eligible persons can obtain certified copies of birth records by utilizing the help of remote research companies or by visiting the DC Vital Records Division with appropriate fees and documents indicating proof of eligibility at:

Vital Records Department

899 North Capitol Street

NE First Floor

Washington, DC 20002

Are District of Columbia Death Records Public Information?

Washington D.C. Death Records are available to authorized persons with basic information and proof of eligibility. These include deceased immediate family members, legal representatives, authorized funeral homes, and law enforcement agencies. Notwithstanding, death records older than 75 years are public information and are available at the DC office of Public Health.


How Do I Find Death Records in the District of Columbia?

The DC Vital Records Division maintains death records issued from August 1874 to date. Eligible persons can obtain certified copies of death records by ordering online via third-party vendors or by physically visiting the office located at:

Vital Records Department

899 North Capitol Street

NE First Floor

Washington, DC 20002

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in the District of Columbia?

Statutorily sealed portions of vital records, as well as records rendered confidential by court rule, can be freely found by eligible individuals. However, this is not the same for other members of the general public. On account of this, people in the latter category can view and obtain copies of sealed records by petitioning a licensed judge or jury for a court order.

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Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

B.F. Hastings Building in Sacramento circa 1853 – 1st Building of the Supreme Court

B.F. Hastings Building in Sacramento circa 1853 – 1st Building of the Supreme Court