Tacoma, Pierce County (WA) Birth Certificate Online

Order a Tacoma birth certificate online to avoid long lines at the vital records office. Complete an easy form to get a certified copy of a Tacoma, Pierce County birth certificate mailed to you.

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Tacoma, Washington (WA) Birth Certificate Replacement

Citizens born in Tacoma or in Pierce County are issued a Washington birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered.

This essential legal document is a mandatory requirement for several U.S. official processes, These includes, for example, obtaining government benefits, applying for US passport, a social security card, a driver’s license, and getting married, amongst others.

If your Tacoma, Washington birth certificate got lost, stolen, or was misplaced or destroyed —even partially— you will have to obtain a King County birth certificate replacement.

Applying for a legally-valid copy of a Tacoma (WA) vital record can conveniently be done online, eliminating the need to wait in line at a vital statistics office.

Ordering a Tacoma, Washington birth certificate online is a quick and straightforward procedure. The form takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and we provide personalized instructions to help you complete your birth certificate application with ease.

Once your Tacoma, Washington birth certificate replacement application has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your vital record at home.

Tacoma, Washington (WA) birth certificate types

These are the specific types of birth certificate copies that can be issued in Tacoma, Washington:

  • Long-form copy of a Tacoma, (WA) birth certificate: a government-issued copy of the original document, the only type that can be used for legal purposes. Also known as Birth certificate long form, or certified copy of a birth certificate.
  • Short-form copy of a Tacoma, (WA) birth certificate: an abstract of the birth record that only shows the individual's basic information. Also known as informational copy. It cannot be used for legal purposes.

Long-form authorized copies are the only certificates that can be provided to prove identity, nationality, and age and are necessary for several bureaucratic processes such as applying for a U.S. passport or Social Security number.

Official copies carry the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.


How to Get a Certified Birth Certificate in Tacoma (WA)

To order an authorized copy of a Tacoma (WA) birth certificate:

  • Fill out the birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information
  • Print and sign it
  • Mail it to the Washington vital records office with the necessary requirements, a prepaid self-addressed envelope, and payment (as detailed in the personalized instructions you will receive)

Your certified copy will be issued and sent by mail to the address printed on your self-addressed postage-paid envelope.

Copies of a Tacoma Birth and Death Certificates may be ordered by mailing your application package to the following address:

Pierce County Vital Statistics
3629 South D Street
Tacoma, WA 98418

Please note that As of May 7, 2025, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Tacoma birth certificate requirements

To get a certified copy of a Tacoma, Washington birth certificate, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with your personal data:

  • First, middle, and last name of the subject of the record
  • First and last name of all parents listed on the record
  • Date of birth (month, day, year)
  • City or county where the birth occurred

Citizens applying for a certified copy of a Tacoma birth certificate need to prove their identity and be over 18 years old.

The Department of Health issues certified copies of vital records (or “certificates”) for births, deaths, marriages and divorces that took place in the state of Washington. Currently you do not need to provide identification to order a Washington State vital record.

Who is eligible to apply

An official copy of a Tacoma (WA) birth certificate can be ordered by:

  • The subject of the record (the person whose birth the certificate refers to)
  • An individual with a qualifying relationship with the subject of the record
  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Parent, step-parent, or legal guardian
  • Child or stepchild
  • Sibling
  • Grandparent or great grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Legal representative
  • Authorized representative
  • Government agency or the courts if the birth certificate is used to conduct official duties

Please note that the documentation that must be presented alongside the Tacoma birth certificate application may vary depending on the person requesting the vital record.

How to Request an Apostille for a Tacoma (WA) Birth Certificate

If you need to use your birth certificate outside the U.S territory, your document should bear an apostille to grant it legal validity abroad.

This can be obtained by mail. Simply send your official birth certificate, together with the apostille fee to the Secretary of State’s office in a self-addressed postage-paid envelope. Make sure to have Certificate of Authentication Request at hand. Certain counties may have additional requirements.

Washignton Authentications Unit address:

Corporation Division
Apostille and Certificate Program
801 Capitol Way South
Olympia, WA 98501

Washignton Authentications unit PO BOX:

Corporation Division
Apostille and Certificate Program
PO Box 40228
Olympia, WA 98504

Tacoma Birth Certificate Cost

Requesting a copy of a Tacoma, Pierce County (WA) birth certificate carries a fee. If ordered to Washington state office the fee is $25. If an extra copy is needed from state office, the cost is $25

Accepted payment methods include personal checks, money orders, cashier checks, and business checks.

Please note that the fee for your Tacoma birth certificate application may vary depending on whether you submit it at the state vital records office or at the county vital records office.


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Tacoma (WA) Birth Certificate Processing Times

In most cases, your Tacoma birth certificate order will be filled within 6-8 weeks. However, some vital records may take longer due to peak demand periods.

You will then receive your certified copy of the Tacoma, Washington (WA) birth certificate by post, delivered right to your door.

Once you have mailed the application, along with a copy of a photo ID and the fees, the vital records office will process your request.

Washington Vital Records Office

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Public Health offices that can provide birth certificate copies in Washington.

Keep in mind that the Pierce County Clerk’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office.

Regardless of whether the birth certificate you require is found or not, a non-refundable search fee will be charged.

Therefore, in most cases, unless you are filing at the state vital records office, it is advisable to submit a birth certificate application at the county clerk’s office where the birth was first recorded, whenever possible. That way, you can be sure that the search will result in the certified birth certificate being issued.

In some cases, applying at a different county office may result in the bureau issuing a short-form birth certificate instead of long-form should they not have the file on location. In other cases, you may be issued a document stating the birth record was not found.

FAQs About Tacoma (WA) Birth Certificates

  • Where can I get a copy of a Tacoma, Washington birth certificate?

    The most convenient way to get a certified copy of a Tacoma (WA) birth certificate is to apply online.

    Once you have filled out your Tacoma birth certificate application and gathered the necessary documentation, you may post your application package to the following address:

    Washington Department of Health
    P.O. Box 9709
    Olympia, WA 98507-9709

    The agency will then issue the Tacoma (WA) birth certificate and you will receive it by mail at your chosen address.

    Should you prefer to file your Tacoma birth certificate application in person, you may do so at the county vital records office as well. Please note that the fees may vary between the state and county offices, so make sure you inquire about the fees wherever you are submitting your application.

  • How long does it take to get a birth certificate in Tacoma, Pierce County (WA)?

    Getting a government-issued copy of a Tacoma birth certificate usually takes 6-8 weeks to process.

    Nevertheless, rush service is available for an additional fee, in which case, processing time would be shortened to 6 weeks.

    The surefire way to get a certified copy of a Tacoma (WA) birth certificate issued directly is to have our experts revise your application before you mail it. That way, you can be certain it is error-free and your request won't be rejected.

    Typos or inconsistencies in the data may cause unnecessary delays or setbacks.

    Our team can help you avoid the extra hassle so that the Tacoma (WA) vital records office can send your birth certificate directly to your door on the first try.

  • How can I change the name on a Tacoma birth certificate?

    To modify a citizen’s name on a Tacoma birth certificate you will first need to order a certified copy of the birth certificate you would like to amend.

    To change any part of a baby's name or any part of the parents’ names except for adding a middle name —which can be done using Form VS-24—, a court order is necessary.

    Once you have the court order or appropriate form, you will need to present the above alongside the certified copy of the Tacoma (WA) birth certificate you would like to modify and the appropriate fees at the following address:

    Center for Health Statistics

    Attn: Corrections
    P.O. Box 47814
    Olympia, WA 98504-7814

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