District Of Columbia Background Checks

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.

District Of Columbia Criminal Background Checks






If a record is not found, a Certificate of Search will be sent. The fee is non-refundable as it covers the search. Mail in requests for vital record copies for District of Columbia background checks must include a self addressed stamped envelope. In person birth and death certificate copy requests are usually processed on the same day. The Department of Health does not have marriage or divorce certificates available. These documents can be accessed by contacting the courts in the county where the license or decree was granted.

Government of the District of Columbia
Vital Records Division
899 North Capitol St., NE, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 442-9303

District Of Columbia Criminal Background Checks
Police reports on vehicle accidents and assaults are available to the general public by written request. The information, that may be used for District of Columbia background checks, has a fee of $3 per report. The requestor of the criminal report must supply his or her name and contact information as well as identifying data about the incident. Each case has an identification number that should be referred to and the requestor must include the date, time and location of the accident or assault for which the request is being made.

Arrest and criminal history records for District of Columbia background checks are $7. Juvenile records are not accessible. Either government issued, photo ID or an original birth certificate plus a Social Security Card must be provided. Fingerprint results typically take 6 – 8 weeks of processing time from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Most criminal records requests without fingerprint services will take 24 hours. Clearance checks are available for employment, licensing, travel, adoption and other purposes.

Police report access information:

District of Columbia
Metropolitan Police Department
Henry J. Daly Building
MPDC Headquarters
Public Documents Section
300 Indiana Ave., NW, Room 3075
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 727-4357
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Background check information:
District of Columbia
Metropolitan Police Department
Henry J. Daly Building
MPDC Headquarters
300 Indiana Ave., NW, Room 3055
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 727-4245
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm