Since 1874, the District of Columbia has been officially recording some vital records. Copies of the District of Columbia public records are available through a state-based search and may cost as much as $23 per record search. The fees vary according to the type of record you want. A personal check or money order made out to the District of Columbia Treasurer should be sent to the Vital Records Division of D.C. along with a copy of your own photo identification. In the District of Columbia, you’re not entitled to some vital records unless you have a “direct and tangible interest” in the information. You’ll need to prove that you’re a family member (mother, sister, father or brother) or the legal representative of a family member before you can gain access to the records. Send the information to the following address or call the number for more information about fees and eligibility to:
District of Columbia Vital Records Division
899 N. Capitol St., Northeast
Washington, D.D. 20002
Phone: (202) 671-5000
You should know that records received from a state-based search (including the District of Columbia) might not be brought up to the current date. You might also receive inaccurate data because of similar names and other issues that might occur. Most states don’t have search engines that can sift through volumes of information for the correct data. If you need a very accurate and up-to-date report on District of Columbia public records, you should consider trying a private, Internet search site to do the job for you. You’ll also receive the information much faster than a state-based search. In fact, you’ll usually receive a full report within minutes after submitting the data – and you can be sure that the information you receive is accurate. The far-reaching and sophisticated search engines that most of these sites use are able to reference other states’ information and cross-reference names and events, so that you get the most data available about the person(s) public and even private background. No matter why you need background information about a person, an online Internet search can quickly provide you with what you need.