Order a Birth or Death Certificate

Starting January 1, 2021, there are changes in Washington State that affect the requirements for ordering birth and death certificates. 

Summary of changes:

  • For increased security of personal information, only people with specific relationships to the person on the birth or death record can receive a certified copy.
  • You must provide documents that show proof of your identity and your relationship. 
  • The cost of a certificate will increase to $25.00 per copy.
  • Anyone can still order non-certified copies of birth and death records that cannot be used for legal purposes.

Get more details about these changes:


Ordering a birth or death certificate (certified copy)

We’ve temporarily suspended mail-in and online orders of birth and death certificates through our website while the new Washington State rules take effect. 

You can still order certificates online through a contracted vendor, VitalChek

Processing times for birth and death certificates will be interrupted while new Washington State rules go into effect. Get the latest information from the Washington State Department of Health.


Newborn applications

Applications for birth certificates for newborns can take up to 3 weeks to process.

If the parents are not married, it may take additional time to process the application. Find more information about rules for Acknowledgment of Parentage from the Washington State Department of Health.


What information do I need to provide to get a birth or death certificate?

Starting January 1, 2021, there are new requirements in Washington State for ordering a birth or death certificate.


Ordering non-certified, informational copies of birth and death records

Starting January 1, 2021 you can order non-certified, informational copies of birth and death records. Non-certified copies cannot be used for legal purposes. They are often used for genealogy or family history purposes.

Get more information about ordering non-certified copies of birth and death records:


What about records that you don’t provide?

The Washington State Vital Records Office provides records for:

  • Births in Washington State from July 1, 1907 to present.
  • Deaths in Washington State from July 1, 1907 to present.
  • Marriage and divorce records from January 1, 1968 to present.

You can order birth and death certificates for records outside of Washington State by:

  • Contacting the state or local health department where the event occurred.
  • Ordering them from Vital Chek.