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DCVRD notices

03/02/2021: The DC Health Vital Records Division (DCVRD) will be available for the following types of services as of Monday, January 25, 2021:


Walk-up services by APPOINTMENT ONLY:

  • Masks are required. Customers must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth before entering the building.
  • Only the appointment holder and one additional guest will be allowed into DC Vital Records.
  • Appointment holders will be given a 15 minute grace period. If you arrive after the grace period, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment in consideration of other scheduled customers.
  • If you are unable to select highlighted days on the calendar, all appointments have been booked for this month. Please check the next month.
  • If the calendar will not advance to the next month, there are no future appointments available at this time. Please check back later.

Birth and Death Certificates - Click to Make an Appointment or call (202) 442-9303 option 1 and then option 9

Out of Institution Birth Registration - [email protected]

Delayed Birth Registration - [email protected]



Remote Order Options:

Online Certificate Orders - (click the "Remote ordering service provider" section for all online ordering options) Phone Certificate Orders - 1-877-572-6332

Mail Birth Certificate Orders -

Mail Death Certificate Orders -

Mail Certificate Amendment Orders - Email us at [email protected]

Domestic Partnership Registration, Termination, or Certificate orders - Email us at [email protected]

Out of Institution Birth Registration - [email protected]

Delayed Birth Registration - [email protected]



Funeral Home Certificate Orders:

Funeral Home Portal Orders (shipping only) -


Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing time. Shipping times will vary based on shipping method selected by customer.

If you have scheduled an appointment, a representative from DCVRD will contact you to advise next steps. You may also call (202) 442-9303 to ask DCVRD-related questions.

Providing Record Data

If you are a medical professional, funeral director or other professional in charge of providing information to the DC Vital Records Division (DCVRD), here’s a quick overview of reporting requirements and responsibilities.

Filing a birth record:

  • Medical facilities must file a birth record within five days of birth using the Electronic Birth Registration System (EBRS).
    (D.C. Code § 7–231.08)
  • If you are reporting a birth outside of an institution like a hospital, you must make an appointment to begin the application process. This appointment must allow the birth record to be filed within five days of the birth, as required by law. Once all requirements are met, the birth registration process will be completed within 48 hours.
  • Supporting documentation such as Consent to Parent, Acknowledgment of Paternity and/or Alternate Surname Form(s), if applicable, must also be filed within five days of the birth.

For birth certificates, the person in charge of the place of birth (or a designee) or the medical provider must:

  • Sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Register to use the DCVRD EBRS.
  • Use the DCVRD Mother’s Worksheet and Facility Worksheet to collect the required birth data.
    (D.C. Code § 7–231.08(e)(1))
  • Collect supporting documents if applicable.
  • Enter required birth data into the EBRS and complete the EBRS birth record within five days of the date of birth.
  • Submit original copies of any supporting documents to the DCVRD within five days of the date of birth.

Filing a fetal death, early-term stillbirth or induced termination of pregnancy:

  • Medical facilities must report fetal losses of more than 350 grams or fetal deaths resulting from pregnancies of 20 weeks or greater gestation (as calculated from the mother’s last normal menses period to the date of delivery) within five days of the delivery via the DC Vital Records Division Electronic Fetal Death Registration System. (D.C. Code § 7–231.14)
  • Data providers must report induced termination of pregnancy (when deliberate steps are taken to end a pregnancy) to the DCVRD within five days after delivery, completing all required demographic and medical fields in the Electronic Fetal Death Registration System. Data providers should select “elective abortion” to redact child and parent names and addresses from these records and click “validate/complete” once the record is completed. (D.C. Code § 7–231.15)
  • Early-term stillbirths resulting from pregnancies between eight to 19 weeks gestation (as calculated from the mother’s last normal menses period to the date of delivery) shall be filed with the DCVRD using the Electronic Fetal Death Registration System.
  • If the parents want a funeral services provider to dispose of remains, the medical facility must provide a copy of the fetal death certificate and disposition transit permit to the funeral service provider upon release of the remains.

Filing a death record:

  • A death record must be filed within five days of death and before final disposition of the deceased’s remains.(D.C. Code § 7–231.12)
  • A disposition transit permit is required before removing remains from the place of death (hospital, nursing home, residence, etc.).
  • If you are planning cremation or donation, the funeral director must obtain a disposition approval from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner via the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS).

For death certificates, medical professionals and funeral directors must:

  • Sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Register to use the DCVRD Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS).
  • Within 48 hours of the death, the medical certification, which includes manner and cause of death, must be completed and signed in the EDRS (D.C. Code § 7–231.12(f)) by the physician certifier (the physician in charge of patient care for the condition resulting in the death or an associate physician, a chief medical officer, the physician who performed the autopsy, or a medical examiner).
  • If the death is expected and out of institution, the physician certifier or a registered nurse delivering treatment may sign the pronouncement of death, which includes date, place and time of death.
  • Funeral directors can obtain personal data from the next of kin or best qualified person or source available. They must facilitate completion of medical certification by entering the physician’s name into the EDRS and informing the physician of how to contact the DCVRD to gain EDRS access. (D.C. Code § 7–231.12(b))

Learn more about how records registration is completed with DCVRD.

Useful resources for data providers

You do not need to provide the actual certificate to show proof of a relationship. The DC Department of Health can use the certificate number to verify information.

Training for funeral service providers and medical facility staff

Training modules to assist system users and improve the quality of data derived from birth and death records are accessible via the Electronic Birth and Death Registration Systems. The modules are designed for nurses, birthing center staff, physicians, hospital administrators, supervisors, midwives, and the staff of funeral services providers, especially those who are responsible for collecting and entering the birth and death information into the system.

EBRS users can also access a Birth Certificate e-Learning Training, which the National Center for Health Statistics developed to work with the updated Guide to Completing the Facility Worksheets for the Certificate of Live Birth and Report of Fetal Death.

To schedule a live training or for help accessing the training modules, please contact [email protected]

Find more information about registering a birth or death in the District of Columbia.