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ONLINE SERVICE INFORMATION

Our online service is open to the legal profession and general public to obtain original certified copies of state vital records. Vital certificates and forms may be ordered from the relevant government agency for free or a lesser cost. No visit to the government agency is required through Vital Certificate Processing Services' online ordering service. The online processing fee is for the cost of providing a secure online ordering service, expert assistance and thorough review of all pertinent information to ensure compliance with government rules and regulations.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long will it take to receive my order and how many copies can I obtain?

2. What is a maiden name or a legal name change?

3. Can I order anyone’s birth certificate?

4. Is the certificate an official document & can it be used for a passport application?

5. What is identity verification?

6. Can I cancel an order or change information on my order?

7. How much does it cost to order a birth certificate and what are the fees?

8. What if I don’t have all of the information to complete the order form?

9. What name do I use if adoption was involved?

10. How do I obtain the status of my order?




1. How long will it take to receive my order and how many copies can I obtain?


Certificate processing and delivery time currently averages 7 to 10 business days. Additional delivery times apply if you choose to have the certificate delivered by regular mail.


You may request up to 5 copies of the same record per order through this website. Additional fees will apply.  


2. What is a maiden name or legal name change?


A maiden name is your last name prior to marriage.


If you have had a legal name change, District of Columbia vital records will be changed to reflect this. Use your current legal name to apply. Please note that assuming your spouse’s last name is not a legal name change.


3. Can I order anyone’s birth certificate?


You may order copies of D.C. birth certificates for yourself, your child, your mother or father, or an adult sibling. To order a spouse's birth certificate, you must have a notarized statement authorizing the spouse to obtain a copy of his/her record. Legal guardians and legal representatives must submit proof of entitlement. Entitlement documentation should be faxed to 202.783.0136, upon completion of your online order.


4. Is the certificate an official document & can it be used for a passport application?


Yes. All certificates ordered through this website are certified photocopies of the original record with the embossed Seal of the District of Columbia.


A certified copy of a birth certificate is accepted by all state and federal agencies as legal proof of birth and citizenship. It can typically be used for travel, passport, proof of citizenship, social security, driver's license, school registration, personal identification and other legal purposes.


5. What is identity verification?


The District of Columbia Department of Health may require that you provide documentation to verify your identity for your protection and to establish your relationship with the subject of the certificate (i.e. if requesting a spouse’s birth certificate, a certified copy of your marriage record may be required). You will receive an order confirmation email in one to three business days. If identification is required, this email will contain a link with instructions to upload or fax your identification. Once your documents have been submitted, it will take 24-48 hours for approval. On approval your certificate will be sent to you directly from the government agency. If the agency has any questions or needs to verify any information provided, you will be contacted.


If you do not have a valid government issued photo ID, you will not be able to place an order through this website. Please contact the District of Columbia Department of Health directly for more information about how to obtain a vital certificate without identification.


6. Can I cancel an order or change information on my order?


USVR.ORG is a service oriented business and due to the nature of our business, we do not offer any refunds or cancellations for any of our services once work has commenced. Our effort is to try and offer you the best possible service in a timely manner and to your satisfaction.


Full refunds are available under the following circumstances:


7. How much does it cost to order a vital record and what are the fees?


Payment may be provided by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or debit credit card.


CERTIFIED COPY OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BIRTH CERTIFICATE


$59.87    Online Processing Fee

$15.95    Authorized District of Columbia Agency Merchant Fee

$23.00    District of Columbia Government Fee

$98.82    Total Fee (Additional Copies: $82.87 each)


Delivery Options

$20.00    *UPS Air Shipping Delivery (includes multiple copies)

__Free    Regular Mail   


*UPS to Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico is $40.00. UPS to all international locations is $36.50.


8. What if I don’t have all of the information to complete the order form?


The government agency issuing your certificate requires certain information to process your request. If you cannot obtain the information required, you may wish to discuss this in person or by mail with the vital records office responsible for the certificate.


City not listed: Based on information from the United States Postal Service, some cities no longer exist and they may have been replaced with a new name or joined with a neighboring city or town.


If the city where the event occurred is not listed in the drop down list, you can use the link below to the United States Postal Service web site to verify if the city has changed their name or has joined with a neighboring city:


   1. Enter the city and the two letter state abbreviation.

   2. Click on the submit button.


County not listed: One helpful online resource in narrowing your search is Zipinfo.com's Free Zip Code Lookup. Follow the instructions below:


   1. Click on the box that says "county name and FIPS code".

   2. Enter the city and the state below in the field below (i.e. Buffalo, NY).

   3. Click "go".


The county and other details will be displayed on the following page.


9. What name do I use if adoption was involved?


Use adoptive names, unless there has been a legal name change.


10. How do I obtain the status of my order?


Please contact us to obtain an update on your order.


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