DC Public Records

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.

If you find a broken link below, please use the Report a Broken Link form to let us know.

Most Popular

Public Records


DC Master Address database. Find registered addresses by street, intersection, map, block, or place name.

Agency Index

Browse this alphabetical listing by name for District of Columbia Agencies and Services. Provides web site address, phone, fax, address, and description.

Aids Drug Assistance Pharmacies

Department of Health list and map of AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Pharmacies.

Bankruptcies, Judgments, and Tax Liens  Pay Site

Use our Premium database to search for District of Columbia or U.S. Nationwide tax liens, bankruptcies, and judgments for only $5.00.

Births & Christenings 1830-1955

Washington, D.C. births, baptisms, and christenings filed between 1830 and 1955.

Building Permit Application Status

Enter the property address or application ID to find the status of a DC building permit application.

Business Licenses

Verify a business license status in the District of Columbia by business name, address, license category, or license number.

Business Licenses

DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs business license verification by business name, address, category, or license number.

Business Opportunities

DC index of government business opportunities.

Campaign Contributions

District of Columbia Office of Campaign Finance database of campaign contributions and expenditures.

Child Care

Find licensed child care providers in the District of Columbia.

Cold Cases

District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department unsolved crimes.

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  Information

Information from the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department on how to order criminal histories and police clearances.

Deaths & Burials 1840-1965

Search Washington DC deaths and burials recorded between 1840 and 1965.

DMV | Drivers Records

Find your DC Department of Motor Vehicles uncertified drivers record online.

DMV | Insurance Verification

Enter your insurance notice control number and title number to verify your vehicle insurance status.

DMV | Vehicle Registration

Check your DC DMV vehicle registration status.


Interactive map of DC data, including crime incidents, service requests, public space permits, building permits, and schools.

ID Card Verification

DC DMV ID card verification service. Enter the card number and date of birth.


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.

Jobs | Public Schools

DC Public Schools list of available jobs.


Council of the District of Columbia for Legislative information, DC Code, and DC Statutes.


Online interactive map of DC public library locations. Read! It's good for you.

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.

Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business

Find District of Columbia licenses for professionals and businesses. Includes attorneys, CPAs, dentists, physicians, real estate agents, nurses, veterinarians, and more.

Marriages 1830-1921

Washington DC marriages recorded between 1830 and 1921.

Missing Children

MissingKids.com search for D.C. missing children.

Missing Persons

District of Columbia unsolved crimes and missing persons.

Most Wanted | Corrections

View the DC Department of Corrections list of most wanted fugitives.

Parking Tickets

Search the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles for parking tickets by ticket number and pay your ticket online.

Police Service Areas

Search this interactive District of Columbia map for police districts and service areas.

Public Space Permits

Find public space permits in DC by map or address.

Recreation Centers & Parks

DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation site park and recreation facility locator.

Retail Sites

DC Economic Partnership interactive and searchable map of available retail sites.

Schools | Assigned

Enter an address to search the DC Public Schools database for your assigned neighborhood school

Schools | Profiles

DCPS database for profiles of public schools and school programs.

Tax Refund Status

Check the status of your District of Columbia tax refund by entering your social security number and refund amount.

Ticket Payments | Minor Moving Violations

Find your moving ticket by ticket number and pay your fine online.

Ticket Payments | Parking & Photo Enforcement

Enter your ticket number or state and plate number and find your parking or photo enforcement ticket info and pay online.

Towed Vehicle Locator

District of Columbia Department of Public Works searcj for towed vehicles by state, license tag, or VIN.


DC Board of Elections voter registration status.


Enter a street address or place name and view a GIS map of the Area watershed.

Zoning Cases

DC Office of Zoning (DCOZ) and Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) case record searches.

Zoning Maps

DC interactive GIS zoning maps.

The District of Columbia is located in the Northeast Region and is the Capital of the United States.  The Official Web Site is located at http://www.dc.gov/.  The 2014 population estimate is 658,893 and the 2010 census population was 601,767.  The land area is 61.05 square miles and there are 9,856.5 persons per square mile.

43.4% of the population is White, 49.5% is Black or African American, 10.1% is Hispanic or Latino, 3.9% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.6% are two or more races. 88.4% are a high school graduate or higher, and 52.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $445,200. There are on average 2.20 persons per household, the per capita income is $45,290, the median household income is $65,830, and 18.6% of the persons in the District of Columbia are considered below poverty level.

Premium Databases