ORDER YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE ONLINE
If you were born in the state of Washington and need a copy of your certificate, you can quickly apply for one online. All you have to do is complete an online application with your personal details.
Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine. Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible. Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.
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Your birth certificate is one of the most important legal documents and should always be kept in a safe place. It allows you to prove identity, age and American citizenship**. For instance, it is especially useful to:
Birth certificates and other official vital records in Washington (WA) are issued by the Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics.
You can now apply for your authorized birth certificate from your home by submitting an online request. You will just need to fill out the relevant online form following the detailed instructions we provide with your application form and ship the request.
The Center for Health Statistics will then issue your certificate and you will receive it directly at your home address.
You may only obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate from the state where the event occurred. If you were born in Washington then you may request a birth certificate from this state.
You will be able to obtain a birth certificate from the Washington (WA) vital records office or the county recorders such as the ones in: King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Spokane County, Clark County, and the cities of Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Kent, Everett, Renton.
The Washington State Department of Health keeps birth certificates of births that took place from July 1, 1907 to the present.
You can request or correct existing birth, death, or marriage/divorce certificates and apply to change your name.
Both certified and noncertified informational copies of birth certificates are available. A noncertified informational copy is not issued on official paper with security features and cannot be used for legal purposes. It will include a watermark stating “Cannot be used for legal purposes. Informational only.”
Certified and informational copies of a birth certificate include the same information.
Please note that the state of Washington has recently passed a new vital records state law called Vital Records Modernization Act that will become effective in Washington starting January 1, 2021.
To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate in Washington you need to follow the below simple steps:
Washington Department of Health P.O. Box 9709 Olympia, WA 98507-9709
You will then receive your birth certificate in the mail.
Official birth records are restricted in Washington. Birth certificates can only be issued to:
The following are considered to be qualified applicants other than the subject of the record:
An authorized representative is an individual who is permitted to obtain the birth certificate. This means that they are an agent identified in a power of attorney or that they hold a notarized form signed by a qualifying applicant.
The Washington Vital Records Modernization Act has restricted access to birth certificates to the individuals listed above. This was done to “Help protect privacy and prevent identity theft, while ensuring the public’s access to these important documents is maintained,” according to Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “The laws, rules, and regulations governing vital records in Washington had gone untouched for decades, and these updates are much needed to modernize this critical area of our work.”
Those who are not listed as qualified applicants can access vital record information by purchasing a noncertified informational copy or requesting historical records from the State Archives.
To obtain a copy of a birth certificate you will need to complete the application and mail it to your birth state’s vital records office. You will also need to prove your identity and your relationship with the person whose birth is recorded in the certificate (if applicable.)
In the Washington birth certificate application form, you will be asked to provide the following information:
After filling in the application form with the requested information, you will need to provide acceptable proof of ID and qualifying relationship (if applicable). Find below a list of acceptable proof of identification:
The document must include a photo as well as your full legal name and DOB. Moreover, it must be valid or, if expired, it must not have done so earlier than 60 days before your application.
If you do not hold any of the above, you may submit at least 2 documents from the official Washington alternative list.
To request a Washington birth certificate, you are required to pay the state fees. From January 1, 2021, the cost to process a copy of a birth certificate in Washington is $25.
The same fee applies to certified and noncertified copies and each additional copy will require the payment of a $25 fee. Moreover, you should take into account the costs associated with shipping your petition.
The birth certificate fees are used to support the vital records system in the state of Washington and help fund the death investigations account (a fund operated by Washington State Patrol to pay for the state toxicology lab, investigations, and training.)
Some applicants can request a vital record copy for free in the state of Washington. This is the case if:
Thanks to our service, you are able to request your birth certificates with ease, by avoiding long lines and without having to go to government offices. All you have to do is complete our easy-to-fill-out form and send it to the corresponding state vital records office.
Once it is processed, you will receive it in the comfort of your own home by mail. In most cases, birth certificate orders in Washington are filled within 6-8 weeks. However, some orders may take longer due to peak request periods.
We recommend requesting certified copies of Washington birth certificates early to avoid delays especially if certificates are needed for sports programs, travel documents and passports, school enrollment, planning for retirement and other reasons that may have a deadline.
You can find below a complete list of County Clerks and Department of Health offices in Washington (WA) that can provide you copies of vital records. Please note that although some county offices may be farther from you, these often process applications quicker.
Clark County Birth Certificates
1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd.
Building 17, 4th Floor Suite 419
Vancouver WA 98661
Pierce County Birth Certificates
13629 S. D St.
Tacoma, WA 98418-6813
HMC Box 359784
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
Snohomish County Birth Certificates
3020 Rucker Avenue Suite 104
Everett, WA 98201
Spokane County Birth Certificates
1116 W Broadway Avenue
Spokane, WA 99260
Center for Health Statistics
Town Center 1
101 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
The fastest way to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate in Washington is by completing the form online.
The Washington bureau of vital statistics will issue your official birth certificate and send it to your home address.
Processing time for a certified copy of a Washington birth certificate can vary:
To ensure quickest turnaround time and avoid your application being refused:
Obtaining a certified copy of a birth certificate in Washington carries a state fee of $25 .
Birth certificate application fees must be paid when submitting the request.
It is recommendable to order multiple copies of the same birth certificate at once, to keep on file, or for future use.
To obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate in Washington, you will need: