We provide birth and death certificates, also called vital records, for births and deaths that occurred in Washington State. We issue certified copies of birth and death certificates for:
Visit us in person to get on-demand processing of your birth or death certificate. We can issue your certificate while you wait only during these times:
During other business hours, our in-person processing times are:
You can submit your application for a birth or death certificate online and have it mailed to you, or stop by our office to pick it up.
Follow the instructions to pay after submitting your application. Applications submitted before midnight will be available for pick-up after 10 am the following business day.
Our online system is not optimized for mobile phones. It works best using a desktop or laptop computer.
To submit your application by mail:
Regular processing time for mailed applications is one business day, plus mail time each way.
Applications for birth certificates for newborns can take up to 3 weeks to process.
To order a birth certificate, you must provide:
To order a death certificate, you must provide:
All the information you provide must match the record on file, including full first, middle and last name. For example, use "John Doe Smith" and not "John D. Smith".
The Washington State Vital Records Office provides records for:
You can order birth and death certificates for records outside of Washington State by: