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District of Columbia Vital Records Information

District of Columbia Vital Records
Birth records from the year 1874 (and some beginning in 1872) and death records from 1855 may be obtained for a fee by writing the Department of Human Services. While the public may not examine vital records in person, District of Columbia law states that when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth or fifty years after the date of death, those documents become public records and anyone may obtain a copy upon submitting a proper application. Death records do not exist for the Civil War years, 1861–65. Marriage records date from December 1811 and continue to the present, though are only available from the Superior Court.

Vital Records Division, State Center for Health Statistics, 800 9th Street, S.W., 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20024-2480,
Tel: (202) 645-5962, (800) 669-8309 (Credit Card Customers),

District of Columbia Department of Health - Vital Records

For birth records from 1874 and death records from 1855, write:
District of Columbia Dept. of Human Services, Vital Records Branch, 613 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 727-9281

For marriage records from 1811, write:
Marriage Bureau, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 4485, Washington, DC 20001-2131

District of Columbia Research Sources

Catholic University of America
Department of Archives, Manuscripts, and Museum Collections
5 Mullen Library
Washington, DC 20064
Tel: 202-319-5065

District of Columbia Archives
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 727-2054

Georgetown University
Lauinger Library Reference Department

37th and N Streets, N.W.,
Washington, D.C., 20057

Library of Congress
Local History & Genealogy Divison
1st-2nd Streets, SE
Washington, DC 20540

Martin Luther King Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-727-1111

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Washington National Records Center
Shipping Address:
4205 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746-8001
4205 Suitland Road
Washington, DC 20409-0002
Tel: 301-457-7000
Fax: 301-457-7117

Smithsonian Institute
1000 Jefferson Drive
Washington, DC 20560
Tel: 202-357-2700
TTY: 202-357-1729

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Rauol Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2150
Tel: 202-488-0400

Anderson House Library and Museum
2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008


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