District of Columbia Birth Records Search

District of Columbia’s Birth Records office is responsible for collecting, maintaining and issuing District of Columbia birth records. They started keeping birth records in August of 1874. The vital records information is obtained from hospitals, funeral homes, and the Medical Examiner’s office.

Anyone requesting a copy of a District of Columbia birth record must have direct and tangible interest according to DC Code Section 7-220(1). Birth records are private until 100 years old. Only the following people can request a copy of yours: you, if you are 18 or older, spouse or domestic partner, your parents, adult children, adult siblings, grandparents, your legal guardian. a government agency, your power of attorney or loaw enforcement.

When filling out the application, you will need to also verify your identity and relationship to the person on the birth record. You can do so with a state-issued driver’s license, passport, permanent resident card, state ID, military ID, law enforcement or government ID.

Types of District of Columbia Birth Records

The District of Columbia offers a couple of types of birth records that you can purchase.

  • Certified Copy - a certified copy is an official, government-approved document that can be used to verify your identity for any purpose including getting a driver’s license or passport.
  • Informational Only - an information copy is a document showing the birth information but is not an official, approved version of your birth certificate and cannot be used for any government purposes.
  • Foreign & Domestic Adoption Certificate - if you were born in the U.S. or outside the country, the District of Columbia can supply you with a copy of your birth record.

District of Columbia Population

Washington D.C. has a total population of 703,608. D.C. is the capital of United States and is a territory but not belonging to any state in the U.S. D.C. is the 22nd most populated district in America.

Although D.C. has a population density of 9,856.5 people per square mile, during the workweek, it rises to over a million with people commuting to the cities for work. In comparison with the states, D.C. is the 49th most populated area in the country.

Washington, D.C. was created in 1791 from land that was donated to President Washington from Maryland and Virginia.

State Population
1 birth every 3200 seconds

1 death every 4800 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in District of Columbia. The total population of District of Columbia is estimated at 684,336 people with 324,797 male and 359,539 female. There are 34,742 more more women than men in the state, which is 52.54% of the total population.

The District of Columbia Gender Ratio is 90 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.90. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

District of Columbia Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 14.47 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 9,858 total births making it higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 9,858, 0.25% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than District of Columbia

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than District of Columbia Top 3 states with a higher birth rate than District of Columbia
South Dakota - 14.32Alaska - 15.12
Illinois - 11.83Utah - 16.47
South Carolina - 11.66North Dakota - 15.04
Ohio - 11.34
Wyoming - 12.61

Top 5 Counties in District of Columbia with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in District of Columbia with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in District of Columbia with the highest birth rate
District Of Columbia - 14.47District Of Columbia - 14.47

District of Columbia Fertility Rate

In District of Columbia the fertility rate based on historical data went from 56.46 to 53.75 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 53.75 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.56 to 30.24.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a District of Columbia Birth Certificate

You can obtain a copy of your birth certificate through the mail, in person or online. Mail-in service takes between 7-10 days for processing. You can visit the Department of Health any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Department of Health - Vital Records Division 899 North Capitol Street, NE - First Floor Washington, DC 20002. You can use the self-help kiosk to get your copy.

The state charges $23 for a District of Columbia birth record search. You will also pay $18 for a certified copy of your birth certificate. For an amendment to a birth record, the fee is $23.

District of Columbia Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $23.00
Organization: Vital Records Division
Address:899 North Capitol Street NE, First Floor, Washington, DC 20002
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the District of Columbia Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.