How to Obtain Birth Certificates in Washington
A birth certificate is a legal document verifying your age, your lineage, and your citizenship. They come in handy when you need to apply for school, a job or the military.
If you were born in Washington and needed a copy of your birth certificate, you can obtain one pretty quickly by following the steps below.
The Washington Department of Health handles all vital records, and you must go through them to get a copy of your birth certificate. They have been retaining them since 1907. They offer a variety of ways to get certified copies such as mail, online, phone or walk-in service.
First, you will need to download and fill out a copy of their application. Then you can bring it, along with the fees, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to:
Washington Department of Health
101 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
You may also send in your order by mail. The processing time will be four weeks.
If you choose to order by phone, you can call 360-236-4313, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
To complete the application, you will need the following information:
- Your name.
- Your address.
- Your phone number.
- Your email address.
- Full name of the person on the certificate.
- Date of birth.
- Mother’s full name including maiden name.
- Father’s full name.
- City or county of birth.
- The number of copies requested.
You are responsible for paying the fees for your copy. If you order by mail, or walk-in the fee is $20. If you order online, or by phone, the cost is $31.50. They also offer heirloom birth certificates for $40. You can also pay an extra $18.30 for expedited shipping service.
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.