What You Can Do:
District Of Columbia Vital Records Checks
The District of Columbia, Department of Health releases copies of birth and death certificates. While these may be used for District of Columbia background checks, the documents don’t become public record until 100 years after the birth date for birth certificates and 50 years after the date on death certificates. Either a person named on the document, members of his or her immediate family or a legal representative may request private vital record copies in Delaware.
Fees for copies of birth and death certificates are $23 Checks or money orders should be made payable to the DC Treasurer. If you’re paying by check for copies of vital records for District of Columbia background checks, it’s important to be sure that your address is imprinted. Checks without an address or the address hand written on, rather than imprinted as part of the check, are not accepted. A photocopy of valid photo ID must be supplied with the vital records request application.