DC Public Records
The District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act was signed into law in 1976 and modeled after the federal FOIA. It designates which government records should be available to the public. In D.C., a public record can be genealogical, historical, legal, administrative, fiscal, or related to engineering and architecture.
There are nine categories of records that are exempted from public access. Among those: Records related to law-enforcement activities; records subject to legal privileges such as the attorney-client and work-product privileges; records required to be withheld by other laws; and records that fall under personal privacy.
This page provides resources in DC. Most are free databases; a few are fee-based. You’ll see two menu options on the side to find databases based on Category, and license databases.
- Court System - The District of Columbia court system has two levels: The Superior Court; and the Court of Appeals. The Superior Court is the general jurisdiction trial court that handles all civil, criminal, family, domestic violence, probate, tax, landlord-tenant, small claims, traffic, mediation, and juvenile probation cases. The Court of Appeals reviews the decisions of the Superior Court and the administrative agencies of the D.C. government. District of Columbia Court Records
- Criminal Records - Misdemeanor, felony, and serious traffic cases are handled by the Criminal Division of the Superior Court. To see what options are available for database searches, go to our District of Columbia Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Birth and death certificates are provided by: Vital Records Department, 825 North Capitol Street NE, 1st Floor, Room 1312, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 442-9303, Fax: (202) 783-0136. Go to our Vital Records page to find historical D.C. births & christenings; the Social Security Death Index for District of Columbia, historical deaths & burials, and unsolved murders in D.C. from 1951 to the present; historical marriages in D.C. from 1830 to 1921; and divorce records.
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|Company Register | Corporations, LLCs, Partnerships |
Search the (DCRA) Corporations Division records for registration information on District of Columbia corporations, LLCs, cooperative associations, trusts, and partnerships. Searches are free, but the DCRA does require registration for a CorpOnline Accunt.
|Court Records |
Search the District of Columbia Courts for civil, criminal, probate, and tax court records by name or case number.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER |
Provided by: U.S. District Court of District of Columbia. Register with the fee-based PACER system to search for Federal civil & criminal court records by case number, party name, filing date, or last update. Provides dockets and documents.
|Crime Reports |
Browse news reports of crimes in the Washington, D.C. area or search by area, crime, date, or street. Gives full text of article.
|Most Wanted |
Provided by the Metropolitan Police Department in the District of Columbia. Browse photos of most wanted criminals & view information including name (when available), physical description, and offense.
Search the Washington D.C. real property tax database by address, neighborhood, property ID, mortgage co., use code, and/or ward.
|Property - Home Price Reports |
Search for Washington D.C. Home Price Reports by owner, buyer, address, sale date or price, value, building features, or land use. Gives location, total assessed value, assessed land value, building size, structure type, lot size and parcel ID.
|Property Sales |
Search the Washington D.C. real property sales database by premise address, neighborhood, property ID, mortgage co., use code, ward, and/or sale date range.
|Recorded Documents |
Search the Washington D.C. Recorder of Deeds database for recorded documents (deeds, mortgages, liens, judgments, etc.). Registration with the Recorder of Deeds is required for basic searches and they require a subscription for access to doc images.
|Registered Offenders |
Search the District of Columbia offender registry by first/last name, city quadrant, PSA and/or district or browse by alphabetical listing to view information on Washington D.C. offenders including name, photo, home/work addresses, and DOB.
|State Bar |
Search for Washington, D.C. legal service providers.
|Unclaimed Property |
Unclaimed property program sponsored by the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer and administered by MissingMoney.com.
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|Agency Index |
Browse this alphabetical listing by name for District of Columbia Agencies and Services. Provides web site address, phone, fax, address, and description.
|Attorneys - Discipline |
Search the District of Columbia Bar Association Attorney Discipline database by name or date range.
|Campaign Contributions |
Search these Washington District of Columbia Office of Campaign Finance databases for campaign contributions and expenditures.
|Cold Cases |
Provided by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department. View this listing of cold cases with information including photo, crime date, crime location and available details. Access unsolved murders from 1951 to the present.
|Crime Maps |
Provided by: District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department. Search for crime maps that detail the type of crime, locate, frequency, and date of occurrence.
|Criminal Histories (info) |
Go here for information from the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department on how to order criminal histories and police clearances.
|Disadvantaged Businesses |
Search this District of Columbia Office of Local Business Development database of certified local, small, and disadvantaged business enterprises. Search by business name, ward, certification expiry, NIGP code, and/or category.
|Driver Licenses & Vehicle Registration |
Washington DC DMV site to check vehicle registration verification, verify a driver license, track a personalized tag order, out-of-state title status and other online services.
|Drivers Records |
Use the DMV website to find your Washington, DC drivers record online. Search by driver's license number, name or social security number.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in the District of Columbia instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
Search the Grants Information Data System, a database of current city, federal and foundation grant opportunities available to DC-area nonprofits and community-based organizations.
Search for job opportunities in the District of Columbia by keyword, occupational group, through an advanced search feature (recently added, by education, experience, etc.), or browse by occupation. For residents only. Access requires registration.
Council of the District of Columbia for Legislative information, DC Code, and DC Statutes.
|Library Branches |
Browse a list of public libraries in Washington, DC, or select a metro stop to find which branches are nearby.
|Library Catalog |
Search this Washington District of Columbia Library Catalog by keyword, call number browse the catalog, or use the power search to locate catalog entries by word, phrase, author, title, subject, series, or periodical title.
|Meeting Facilities |
Search this District of Columbia database for D.C. hotel and convention meeting facilities by number of peak night guest rooms, largest general session capacity, largest banquet capacity, and location.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in the District of Columbia to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Parking Tickets |
Search the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles for parking tickets by ticket number and pay your ticket online.
|Phone Listings by Topic |
Browse the alphabetical listing or search for Washington District of Columbia government services by topic.
|Police Service Areas |
Search this interactive District of Columbia map for police districts and service areas.
|Recreation Centers & Parks |
Use this DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation site to browse their lists of recreation/community centers, parks by type, Senior Recreation Program centers, swimming pools or tennis courts in the D.C. Area.
|School Demographics |
Search this Washington District of Columbia database for school demographics by school name or by school type, zip code.
Search this Washington District of Columbia database for public schools and school programs. Search by name or by school type, zip code or ward.
|Tax Refund Status |
Check the status of your District of Columbia tax refund by entering your social security number and refund amount.
|Towed Vehicle Locator |
Search the District of Columbia website for towed vehicoles by license tag, state or VIN.
Search voter registration records in the District of Columbia by name, date of birth and zip code.
|Zoning Maps |
Search this Washington District of Columbia Office of Zoning database by keyword or phrase for Zoning maps. Maps are provide in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
|Zoning Regulations |
Search this Washington District of Columbia Office of Zoning database by keyword or phrase for Zoning Regulations.
|Zoning Transcripts |
Search this Washington District of Columbia Office of Zoning database by keyword or phrase for Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment Transcripts.