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Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia ) Death Certificate

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Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in Washington, D.C., including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.


The following people may request death certificates from Washington, D.C.:

  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Informant named on death certificate
  • Spouse
  • Personal representative or executor


The fee to search for a death certificate is $18.00, which includes one certified copy of the death certificate. Each additional copy of the record ordered at the same timeis also $18.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "DC Treasurer." Cash is not accepted. Fees are not refundable.

Required Information

  • Name of the deceased
  • Social security number
  • Sex
  • Date of death
  • Death certificate number (if known)
  • Your relationship to the deceased
  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your phone number
  • Photocopy of current, government-issued photo ID

Submitting Your Request

By Mail:
Send the completed application, the appropriate fee, and a business-sized stamped self-addressed envelope to:

Government of the District of Columbia

Department of Health

Vital Records Division

899 North Capitol Street, NE, 1st Floor

Washington, D.C. 20002

In Person:
You may request a certified death certificate in person at the Office of Vital Records, located at:

899 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

The office is open from Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm, and is closed on major holidays. There is usually a 15-30 minute wait. You must bring adequate proof of your identity.

Download the Application

Click here to access the application for a certified Washington, D.C. death certificate.

See our complete list of resources for Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia)/Maryland.

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