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Fetal Death Certificates

 

DC VITAL RECORDS - IMPORTANT NOTICES

 

DC Health VITAL RECORDS is moving. Effective, Tuesday, February 27, 2024, our new location is 2201 Shannon Place SE 1st Floor.

 

 

Fetal Death Certificates

   

The DC Vital Records Division (DCVRD) maintains fetal death certificates dating back to January 2019.  Fetal Death records become public after 75 years. All other Fetal Death records are closed, and certified copies may only be obtained if you are legally entitled and

 

What type(s) of Fetal Death certificates are offered by DC Vital Records?

 

1.  Fetal Death Certificates

  • Includes records registered as Fetal Deaths
    • The gestational age must be 20 weeks or more and weigh 350 grams or more.
    • Includes records filed after 12/31/2018

2.  Stillbirth Commemorative Certificate

  • Includes records registered as Fetal Deaths and as Early term Miscarriage
    • Fetal Death records
      • The gestational age must be 20 weeks or more and weigh 350 grams or more.
      • Includes records filed after 12/31/2018
    • Early Term Miscarriage records
      • Pregnancy loss has a gestational age of less than 20 weeks and weighs less than 350 grams.
      • Includes records filed after 8/7/2023

 

How can you order a Fetal Death or Stillbirth Commemorative certificate?

Request for Fetal Death or Stillbirth commemorative certificates must be made by mail-in or drop-off in our office.

 

WHO is entitled to a Fetal Death or Stillbirth Commemorative certificate?

To protect the identity and privacy of citizens of the District of Columbia, DC Health restricts access to fetal death certificates that aren’t in the public record.

By law, cousins, nephews/nieces, aunts/uncles, friends, neighbors, and those without a specific interest are NOT allowed to order an individual’s fetal death certificate.

However, you ARE entitled if you are a:

  1. Parent
    You must be named as a parent on the death certificate.
  2. Domestic partner
    You must be named as a domestic partner on the death certificate.
  3. Sibling
    You need to have the stated relationship supported by actual certified birth records and provide the actual certificate for births outside of the District of Columbia.*
  4. Grandparent
    You need to have the stated relationship supported by actual certified birth records and provide the actual certificate for births outside of the District of Columbia.*
  5. Legal guardian of the parent
    You need an original copy of the court order (with a seal) naming you as guardian.
  6. Legal representative of the fetus
    You need a copy of the retainer agreement, bar card AND a typed letter on the firm’s letterhead authorizing retrieval of this document.

What do I need to bring with me to prove my identity?

We recommend that you bring several forms of ID to ensure that DCVRD employees are able to verify your identity.

For a printable version of the below requirements, please review our Identity Guidelines Information Sheet.

During your visit, you will be required to complete an identity verification questionnaire at our self- service kiosks. (Read more under “How do the on-site kiosks work?”)

If the kiosk is able to authenticate your identity, you will be required to present at least ONE of the following forms of primary photo ID (which must be original, valid, unexpired, and undamaged.):

  • State-issued driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card
  • Passport or passport card
  • Permanent resident card
  • Employment authorization card
  • Department of State card
  • Military ID Card
  • Law enforcement ID (must also present DC Superior Court subpoena)
  • Government employee ID (applies only to licensed social workers or government representatives with pre-existing approval from the State Registrar)

If the name on your identification does NOT match the name on the certificate, you must prove evidence of a legal name change, like an original marriage certificate or an original sealed legal name change order.

If the kiosk is able to authenticate your identity but you do not have a primary photo ID, you will be required to present TWO FORMS of alternate identification from the list below (which must show your full name, current address and/or signature where appropriate):

  • Valid, unexpired employment ID card (with photo) WITH a pay stub (dated within last 60 days)
  • Expired (within last 5 years) state-issued driver’s license, non-driver’s ID card or passport
  • Photo ID from a school in a U.S. state or territory (within last 3 years) WITH a report card, transcript or other proof of school enrollment (within last 3 years)
  • Department of Corrections or Federal Bureau of Prisons photo ID or probation/discharge papers with photo
  • Social Security card
  • Vehicle registration/title
  • U.S. Selective Service card
  • Voter’s registration card
  • Federal Census records
  • Court documents
  • Pay stub (within last 30 days)
  • Utility bill (dated within last 60 days)
  • Valid DC ONE card
  • W2 or federal tax return from the previous year
  • DD214 military discharge/separation document
  • Legible printed copy of primary/secondary photo ID

If the kiosk is unable to authenticate your identity, you will be required to present any combination of THREE (3) forms of identification from Primary list above and the additional list below. At least ONE (1) of the THREE (3) forms must be from the Primary list above and all identification must show full name, current address, and/or signature where appropriate.

  • Social Security card
  • Vehicle registration/title
  • Utility bill (dated within the last 60 days)
  • Sealed court documents
  • W2 or filed US tax return from the previous year
  • Department of Corrections or Federal Bureau of Prisons photo ID or probation/discharge papers with photo