Application process: District of Columbia

Identification process in District of Columbia

The Health Department of District of Columbia requires applicants, once they have completed and signed the application form, to prove their identity by including a photocopy of their ID.

Acceptable document of identification are:

Provide one (1) of the following identification documents:

  • Photo driver's license
  • State Id
  • Us/Foreign Passport
OR

Provide two (2) of the following identification documents:

  • Signed Social Security card
  • Utility bills
  • W-2
  • School Identification Card
  • Private Company Employment Identification card
  • Medical/Medicare insurance card
  • Medical/car insurance card
  • Veterans Affairs card
  • Vehicle registration
  • Paycheck stub with imprinted information

Who may apply for birth or death certificate?

Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:

Birth
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Grand child
  • Grand parent
  • Legal guardian
Death
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Grand child
  • Grand parent
  • Legal guardian

Please note: If you can provide documentation of legal interest, or if you are holding a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

How Long Will Birth Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 10 to 20 business days to get your birth certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Long Will Death Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 10 to 20 business days to get your death certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Can I Pay For My Certificate Application?

The State of District of Columbia accepts the following payment:

Please address this payment to: VITALCHEK

District of Columbia State Fee: Birth $23, Death $24

This fee will change if you order more than one copy or request rush processing.