Vital Records in Washington State

  Births                   Deaths                   Divorces                    Marriages


The Washington State Library does not have any vital records certificates in its collection.

However, many Washington counties have given the vital records they collected to the Washington State Archives.  The Archives has begun to put many of the vital records in their collection up on their Digital Archives site.

Vital records collected by Washington State are held by the Department of Health.

For information about Vital Records in other States, try VitalRec.com

Some important dates in Washington State Vital Records:

  • 1891 - Washington Counties are required by law to keep vital records
  • July 1, 1907 - The State takes over collecting birth and death records
  • January 1, 1968 - The State takes over collecting divorce and marriage records

 

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Births

Washington Birth Records before July 1, 1907 are held by the County Auditor, after July 1, 1907, they are held by the Health Department

 

 

Deaths

Washington Death Records before July 1, 1907 are held by the County Auditor, after July 1, 1907, they are held by the Health Department

 

 

Divorces

Washington Divorce Records before 1968 are held by the County Clerk, after 1968, they are held by the Health Department

 

 

Marriages

Washington Marriage Records before 1968 are held by the County Auditor, after 1968, they are held by the Health Department