A guide for lawyers and the public on Obtaining Death Certificates in Washington, DC, the District of Columbia for probate and estate legal requirements
by Attorney George Teitelbaum and his Probate, Estate, Will, Trust, and Elder Law practice located in Washington DC and Maryland

District of Columbia Death Certificate Request

For District of Columbia Occurrences Only

Death Application Instructions

The death transcript request form contains 13 questions. A separate copy of the request form

should be completed for each person whose death record is being requested. However, multiple

copies of a single death record may be requested on the same form.


Items 1-4:      Information about the deceased.


Items 5:          Information about the record being requested.

Note:              Persons entitled to purchase a vital record birth or death certificate included:

* The registrant

* An immediate nuclear family member

* A legal guardian

* A legal representative


Item 6a:          Please indicate the total number of certificates that you are requesting.


Item 6b/a:      Please indicate the number of requested copies of certificates on which you wish to have the cause of death included.


Item 6b/b:      Please indicate the number of requested copies of certificates on which you wish to have the cause of death omitted.


Item 6c:          Please indicate the total amount of money that you are enclosing. This amount should equal the requested number of transcripts multiplied by $18.


If you send your request by mail, please enclose a check or money order payable to the DC Treasurer. The cost of either type of transcript is $18.


Item 7:            The requester's relationship to the deceased.


Item 8:            Please sign your signature once the mail-in form has been completed.


Item 9:            Please date the form.


Items 10-13: Information about the designated recipient of the certificate(s).


After you print and sign your request, mail or bring the form and a copy of your picture ID with

your payment to:


Vital Records Division

825 North Capitol Street, NE, First Floor

Washington, DC 20002

(202) 671-5000


If record is not located a "Certificate of Search" will be issued and the payment for the search is






Mail-In Form

1. Name of Deceased: _____________________________________

2. Social Security Number of Deceased: - -

3. Sex: Male Female

4. Date of Death: / / (mm/dd/yyyy)

5. Death Certificate No: (if known) ____ ____________

6a. Total number of copies of certificate requested: @ $18.00 each:

6b.(a) Number with cause of death included: _____________

     (b) Number with cause of death omitted: ______________

6c.Total Amount Enclosed: $__________________

7. Relationship to Deceased: Mother Father Spouse


8. Signature of Requester: __________________________________

9. Date: ____/_____/________

Make Check/Money Order Payable to: DC Treasurer

Mail Certificate(s) to:

     10. Name:_____________________________________________

     11. Address:____________________________________________

     12.City/State/Zip Code ___________________________________

     13. Day Phone: (required) _________________________________

*Copy of Requester's Photo ID is Required!



Instructions to be completed:

1. Print, sign, date form and a copy of requester's photo ID

2. Enclose check / money order payable to: DC Treasurer

3. Mail to: Government of the District of Columbia

          Department of Health

          Vital Records Division

          825 North Capitol Street, NE, First Floor

          Washington, DC 20002

          Phone: (202) 671-5000



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