The DHS No-Fee Birth Certificate Program, in partnership with the DC Department of Health, is designed to reduce the barrier to obtaining a birth certificate for District-born residents who have or are experiencing homelessness. The program provides two related services:
Brand new self-service kiosks at the Office of Vital Records provided by DC Health make it easier for all District-born residents to verify their identity through advanced technology.
An automated electronic form provided by DHS that Homeless Service Providers must complete on behalf of a client to request a no-fee birth certificate voucher. Once completed and submitted to DHS, the electronic form can be printed and given to the client in hard copy, which the client must present to DC Health upon successful completion of DC Health’s identity verification process. The voucher is used to provide the birth certificate at no cost to the client.
No Fee Birth Certificate Program:
- Instructions for No-Fee Birth Certificate Program
- DHS No-Fee Birth Certificate Program FACT Sheet
- No Fee Birth Certificate Form
- DHS No Fee Birth Certificate Process Workflow Diagram
How to Obtain DMV Non-Driver Identification Card for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
An individual experiencing homelessness may request assistance obtaining an identification card (or case manager/outreach worker identifies a need to assist a client with obtaining an identification card).
In order to acquire a voucher, an applicant must be currently experiencing homelessness and prove their identity with a birth certificate and social security card.
Below you will find contact information of Certified Providers for those currently experiencing homelessness and seeking information to obtain a DMV non-drivers identification card.