Washington Death Records

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Washington Death Records Information

The Washington State Center for Health Statistics of Washington State Department of Health maintains and issues the records of all deaths that occur in the state of Washington. The Center for Health Statistics maintains 1907-present. Before 1907, deaths in Washington were recorded and maintained by the county where they occurred. The county registered each death by entering it into a ledger. Of course, things have changed since then. Today, the majority of the Washington Death Records are maintained electronically.

Washington Death Records are not public records and can only be obtained by the immediate family members of the deceased or people with a tangible interest in the record. Immediate family members of the deceased include the parents, siblings, grandparents, adult children, adult grandchildren, and spouse. To obtain the death record you need, you?ll need to provide certain information including the name of the deceased, the city, state, and county where the death occurred and the date of the death. Provided you’re eligible, you can request for and obtain the death record you need in four different ways including in person, by mail, by phone and online. Let?s take a brief look at how you can obtain the death record you need through each method.

Certified Copies of Washington Death Certificates

The first way for you to request for and obtain the death record you need is in person. To make an in person request for the death record you need, complete and submit the Death Certificate Counter Order Form, provide proof of ID and pay the $20 fee.

How To Get Washington Death Certificates By Mail

Another way for you to make a request for and obtain the death record you need is by mail. To make a mail request for the death record you need, complete and mail the Death Certificate Mail Order Form along with a copy of your valid photo ID and a pay order or check for the fee to:

Center for Health Statistics
Department of Health
PO Box 9709
Olympia WA 98507-9709

How to Get Washington Death Records Over The Phone

The third way for you to make a request for the death record you need is over the phone. To make a phone request for the death record you need, call 360- 236-4313 and provide your credit card number, the credit card expiration date, and the address where you want the record to be delivered to. VitalCheck, an independent company that the Washington Department of Health has partnered with, handles phone requests for Washington Death Records. The fee for phone requests is $31.50.

Get Washington Death Certificates Online

The final way for you to make a request for and obtain the death record you need is online. Just like the phone requests, the online requests for Washington Death Records are handled and processed by VitalCheck. To make an online request for the death record you need, visit the website of VitalCheck, follow the instructions given there, and pay the required fee.

Another way to obtain Washington Death Records is through online public databases. To find out more, call the Washington State Department of Health at 800-525-0127.

Statewide Death Record Inquiries

Washington Death Records

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  1. says:

    Amelia, you can visit the Washington State Department of Health website to request official copies of your parents WA death records

  2. says:

    Hello just wondering if I would be able to obtain original death certificates for my parents who passed away in the US.

  3. says:

    my brother passed away in November, 2022. I received a temp death certificate and advised information had been sent to Olympia for a toxology test … I have tried calling to find the correct office… My Brother’s Name is: Scott Craig Rentschler, Born 2/18/59, Death 11/8/22… I was to check with the state after 90-days… Ive called all the available numbers but no one seems to know where to forward this… Please help…

  4. says:

    Trying to locate death certificate for 1 cousin and cemetery where his buried to pay last respects

  5. says:

    How to find out the cause of death for a Washington death record

    The cause of death is not always listed on a Washington death certificate. This information is rarely displayed on most public record websites as well. To find out what the cause of death for a Washington resident is you will need to see the actual death certificate. Only immediate family, or by court order, can someone obtain a copy of a person’s Washington death certificate from the Washington Department of Health

  6. says:

    I would like to find the date (Oct 2021) and cause of death for Tina Marie Thompson, DOB 4/11/1973 in Richland Wa.

  7. says:

    Susan, our website is working great. To answer your question, we can verify a Washington death record for your however if you need a copy of a Washington death certificate you’ll need to contact the Washington Department of Health directly. You can order a copy of this WA vital record directly through their website

  8. says:

    Your web site seems to be broken! I need a death certificate on my brother: Michael C Waggener. He lived in Lacey, Washington. He was born on Jan.18, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio. He died Sept.16, 2020….. I am his sister: Susan J Clark (Waggener) Thank you so much…Susan

  9. says:

    I am trying to locate a death record for my brother Drake Avery Hagan. Born July 9, 1955. I believe he lived in Snohomish, Munroe and/or Everett.

  10. says:

    Do you Have a death record for Linda L Mitrovich in Spokane WA. She was born June 19 1947 and died May 19 2021. Also do you have the cause of death?

  11. says:

    An old dear friend that I met in Bellingham Washington.
    18-20 years ago.

  12. says:

    I am trying to find information on the death of a friend. Name is Leslie Clifton Slivka. He lived in Burian WA in King County. He was born September 21st 1967. He passed on May 28th 2016. I need any information possible.

  13. says:

    Janice, unfortunately we could not locate any information about your Great Aunt. You may want to reach out to a genealogy service such as FindMyPast.com or Ancestry.com for this California death record information

  14. says:

    Virginia, a person’s Social Security number is not public record. We cannot assist you with your Washington death record information request

  15. says:

    I need a SS# and the mothers first name of Victor Emmanuel Stahley who was born on 11/25/1918 and died on 2/21/1977.
    I was his wife until his death in 1977. We were married 12/21/1966 in Cordelane, Idaho

  16. says:

    I would like to find out the date of death of my great aunt for family history. Name Mavis Rosalie Hagen. She was born 1911 Glamorgan, Wales, UK. Her surname then was Rechniczer. Our family lost touch with her but we do know she lived at OCEANSIDE, California.Please could you help me.

  17. says:

    Charlotte, we could not locate the exact date of your cousin. You can also try contacting the Washington Department of Health for you inquiry, they manage the state’s vital records

  18. says:

    I need the date my cousin died. Name: Phillip Roy Sires Born: 07/18/1943 in Yakima, WA Died in 1962 in Snohomish or King County, Washington. Can you help me. I would like to have this for our family records.

  19. says:

    Jenette, we will need this person’s full name and year of birth to accurately perform this Washington death record search. He has a fairly common name in Washington state and we could not locate any records based on our preliminary research with the information you provided.

  20. says:

    i heard that an old friend had passed away Steven Dennis age approximately 73 or 74 years of age.

  21. says:

    Stan, we are not showing a death record for the person you mentioned. Sometimes these records are delayed because of Covid. You can check back with us at a later date and we will search again for you

  22. says:

    I heard that a former fellow teacher died on Dec. 11, 2020.

    His name was John R Mello, 78 and had lived in Coupeville, WA.

    How can I verify this information?

  23. says:

    Irene, we are happy to assist you with a Washington state death record search. We will need the full name of the person in question and their age or date of birth to run this death record lookup

  24. says:

    hello,Im helping my mom locate her husband in washington state.is this the right direction to find information?

Last Updated: 2017-06-13

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