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Washington Public RecordsWashington is a relatively large state in terms of population, with more than 6.8 million residents estimated in the state as of 2011. This state did not enter the Union until 1889, as the 42nd state to do so. However, the area boasts a long and colorful history that extends far earlier than its official entry into the United States. Much of that history is documented in Washington public records that offer a glimpse into the lives of the people who have lived and died here.  Launching a Washington public records search involves a basic knowledge of where these documents are kept on file for the state.

Fortunately, Washington makes searches relatively simple, by consolidating many of its public records under a single government office at the Washington Department of Health. Additional files can be found through a secondary resource, the Washington State Archives, which has been digitalized for the convenience of those looking for vital records in Washington for academic, genealogical and personal reasons. When you initiate a public records search in Washington, keep these facts in mind:

  • The majority of vital records in Washington can be found at the state’s Department of Health.
  • This agency offers access to documents in person, by mail or phone, or online.
  • Additional information about where documents are stored can also be found at this website.
  • The Department of Health provides online applications for easy download from any location.
  • Additional files are available through the Washington Digital Archives.
  • Washington Public Records Eligibility

    Currently, public records in Washington are available to members of the general public. The application to receive information simply asks for the information about the subject of the search, the specific event, and the name and contact information for the researcher. The application does not ask about the relationship between the researcher and search subject, as some other states might. The form also does not require the applicant to submit identification for the request.

    However, this application only offers information about whether a document exists; the researcher will then need to submit an additional application and fee to receive a certified copy of the document.

    Where to Find Washington Public Records

    The majority of Washington vital records are currently on file with the Center for Health Statistics, which is located in the Washington Department of Health. This office provides access to birth, death, marriage and divorce records for the state. In addition, the office offers information about where to find additional Washington public records if they do not happen to be located here. The Center for Health Statistics offers assistance in obtaining WA public records in person, by mail and online, with detailed instructions for each of these methods.

    Washington birth and death certificates are available through the Center for Health Statistics dating back to 1907.  Washington marriage and divorce records date back to 1968.  Public records for WA that are less than two months old will probably need to be retrieved from the county office where they were originally filed. Records that date back past these years can usually be found through the Washington State Archives.

    The Washington State Archives offer both historical records and digitalized records to aid researchers in their projects. Documents can be searched online right at the Washington State Archives website. In addition, genealogy pages available through this office provide valuable information about how to conduct public records searches in Washington, no matter what type of document you might need for your project. Many of the records found at this state office date all the way back to the 19th century, including birth and death indexes and newspapers.

    Washington Public Records Online

    For those interested in conducting an online Washington public records search, there are limited options.  While the Center for Health Statistics does not offer an online service directly, the agency has partnered with VitalChek to make an online public records search option available to interested individuals. VitalChek is used by many states around the country to allow those in search of vital records to find and order documents from the comfort and privacy of home. There is an additional fee to use the VitalChek service, although faster turnaround times usually make this service a good value for the money.



     
    State of Washington Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    6,224,549

     
    Under 18:
    1,368,536

     
    Over 65:
    757,852

     
    Employed:
    3,813,868

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    66,544.06

     
    Acres of Farms:
    15,008,318

     
    Births:
    82,703

     
    Deaths:
    46,203

     
    Infant Deaths:
    375

     
     
    Murder:
    196

     
    Forcible Rape:
    2,628

     
    Robbery:
    6,347

     
    Assault:
    12,524

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    21,546

     
    Burglary:
    52,478

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    165,339

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    28,331

     
    Total Property Crime:
    246,148

     
    Washington Public Records Locations
    State Patrol
    Collision Reports
    PO Box 47382
    Olympia, WA 98504-7382
    Phone:
    360-570-2355

    Fax:
    360-570-2400










    Attorney General's Office
    PO Box 40100
    Olympia, WA 98504-0100
    Fax:
    360-664-0228










     
    Department of Health
    Center for Health Statistics
    PO Box 9709
    Olympia, WA 98507-9709
    Fax:
    360-352-2586










    Secretary of State
    Corporations Division
    PO Box 40234
    Olympia, WA 98504-0234
    Phone:
    360-725-0377

    Fax:
    360-664-8781










     
    Washington State Patrol
    Identification and Criminal History Section
    PO Box 42633
    Olympia, WA 98504-2633
    Phone:
    360-705-5100

    Fax:
    360-570-5277










    Department of Health
    Vital Records
    PO Box 9709
    Olympia, WA 98507-9709
    Fax:
    360-352-2586










     
    Department of Health
    Vital Records
    PO Box 9709
    Olympia, WA 98507-9709
    Fax:
    360-352-2586










    Department of Licensing
    Driver Record Section
    PO Box 9048
    Olympia, WA 98507-9030
    Phone:
    360-902-3913

    Fax:
    360-586-9044










     
    State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
    GED Transcripts
    PO Box 42495
    Olympia, WA 98504-2495
    Phone:
    360-704-4410

    Fax:
    360-704-4414










    Office of the Governor
    PO Box 40002
    Olympia, WA 98504-0002
    Phone:
    360-902-4111

    Fax:
    360-753-4110










     
    Department of Fish & Wildlife
    Attn: Public Disclosure Officer
    600 Capitol Way, N
    Olympia, WA 98501-1091
    Phone:
    360-902-2253

    Fax:
    360-902-2171










    Washington Department of Corrections
    Office of the Secretary
    7345 Linderson Way SW
    Tumwater, WA 98501-6504
    Phone:
    360-725-8213










     
    Washington State Legislature
    Legislative Information Center
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA 98504-0600
    Fax:
    360-786-1293










    Department of Health
    Vital Records
    PO Box 9709
    Olympia, WA 98507-9709
    Fax:
    360-352-2586










     
    Washington State Patrol
    SOR
    PO Box 42633
    Olympia, WA 98504-2633
    Phone:
    360-534-2000 Ext. 3

    Fax:
    360-534-2072










    Secretary of State
    State Archives
    PO Box 40238
    Olympia, WA 98504-0238
    Fax:
    360-664-8814

    Records:
    CENTER360-664-0078










     
    Administrative Office of Courts
    PO Box 41170
    Olympia, WA 98504-1170
    Phone:
    360-753-3365

    Fax:
    360-586-8869










    Department of Licensing
    UCC Records
    PO Box 9660
    Olympia, WA 98507-9660
    Phone:
    360-664-1530

    Fax:
    360-586-4414










     
    Department of Licensing
    Public Disclosure Unit
    PO Box 2957
    Olympia, WA 98507-2957
    Phone:
    360-902-3780

    Fax:
    360-902-3827










    Secretary of State
    Office of Elections Division
    PO Box 40229
    Olympia, WA 98504-0229
    Phone:
    360-902-4180

     
    800-448-4881

    Fax:
    360-664-4619










     
    Labor and Industries
    Public Records Unit
    PO Box 44632
    Olympia, WA 98504-4632
    Phone:
    360-902-5556

    Fax:
    360-902-5529