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In 1801, District of Columbia was created from the states of Virginia and Maryland. Statewide registration of births began in 1874.

Next Step: When did the birth occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's birth record:

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Births before 1874

  • Before 1874, no births were recorded by the District. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.
  • The District of Columbia did not exist until 1801 with portions coming from the state of Virginia and the state of Maryland. Before 1801, be sure to search substitute records for Virginia and Maryland.
  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
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Births between 1874 and 1897


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in other records.

For births that exist during the time period, try the following database.

District of Columbia Births Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Online birth images; Indexes are not searchable--browse the index and the images.
  • Browse the indexes for parent names--parents are named, but not the child
  • Note the certificate number and birth year
  • Find the correct record for the birth year and certificate span
  • Browse for the certificate number
Try 2nd:
Order the birth record from the District of Columbia Department of Health ($) The Department of Health will do a 3-year search of their indexes if you do not know the exact date of birth. ($)
  • Records more than 100 years old are available to anyone.
  • See restrictions for births less than 100 years old.
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information


For a fee, the District of Columbia Department of Health office will do a 3 year search.

See list of restrictions for ordering birth records

If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search other records with birth information.

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Births after 1897

Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the exact date of birth

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the District of Columbia Department of Health.

To Order Birth Records
From DC Dept of Health
Pros Cons
Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee. Birth records less than 100 years old may only be ordered by immediate family members.

See list of restrictions for ordering birth records


PART B: You don't know the exact date of birth

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the District of Columbia Department of Health office will do a 3 year search of their indexes. 

See list of restrictions for ordering birth records


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Restrictions for Obtaining Birth Records

Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 100 years from the government agency, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.

If you do not want to order the birth record, you can search other records with birth information.

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