When you request a copy of District of Columbia death records the fee is $18 and can be paid by check or money order to the District of Columbia Treasurer. Complete the request form named, Washington, D.C. Death Certificate, and include a copy of photo identification with each request and state why you want or need the death record. Certified copies of death records can only be issued to family members, legal representative or legal guardian of the deceased, so you must prove that connection before you can receive a copy of the death record. Also send a stamped, self addressed envelope with the request to:
District of Columbia Vital Records Division
899 No. Capitol St., Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 671-5000
District of Columbia Death Notices
Death records have been recorded since 1855, except during the Civil War when no death records were filed. As with most states, the District of Columbia has instituted privacy laws that render the vital records confidential, so unless you’re a relative or other eligible person you may have problems getting a copy of the death certificate.
If you need a copy of a District of Columbia death record and you don’t want to go through the mire of state rules and regulations, you can choose an Internet search site that can help you get the record you need. These sites are popular for retrieving vital records and delivering it in a timely manner. The data you receive will likely be more accurate since they have much more powerful databases and search engines that are much more far-reaching than state-based search sites. Legal professionals depend on these sites for their needs which most of the time need to be fast and extremely accurate to help them with cases. Genealogists also use the Internet search sites on a regular basis since the information they receive must be accurate and also point them to other data that may help them with plotting a family tree. The fee to use an Internet search site is reasonable and if no record is found based on the data you provided, you pay nothing. State-based search fees are usually non-refundable. Death records can help you prove legal matters, especially those that involve a trust or beneficiary issues – or, can be valuable with immigration and other legal endeavors. Since the advent of the Internet, search sites have become invaluable to those looking for state vital records. They offer a quick and more accurate alternative to using the slower wheels of a state-based search. For more information about how to use an Internet search site to help you find District of Columbia death records, click on the link.