Washington Divorce Records Search
Divorce records in Washington are found in the Superior Court of the county in Washington where the divorce proceedings took place. There are plenty of county Superior Courts that make use of online access to court files, where the search engine allows them to search by name. The Free Index Search by the state has limited Washington Divorce Records.
The records and documents from divorces that took place before the year 1968 are kept by the County Clerk; these are held by the Washington Health Department.
The Center of Health Statistics is supposed to manage the issue of divorce, marriage and birth for the Washington State. You can avail the same day service by visiting the main office in Olympia and costs around $20. Orders can be placed by phone or mail. Another great way to send in the request for certified copies of the divorce records is to order by the online Washington VitalChek system. However you must remember that different fee rates are applicable for the different methods of ordering the copy of the divorce decree. If the administration fails to locate the records of divorce that you requested you will be refunded back $12 of the $20 that you pay at walk in order. If you order online it will cost you $31.50, via phone the order costs $31.50 and can be shipped the very next day. Ordering through mail costs $20 but may take four weeks to ship the certified copies. Certified copies that are ordered by phone and online have $5 agency expedite fee and $6.5 processing fee.
You can call at (360) 236-4300 to request copies of the decree, or you can visit or send mail to:
Washington State Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
101 Israel Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Public records like birth, death and marriage certificates are available at the state office starting from 1907. The Washington county health departments have records from 1921 to present day; records from before 1907 can also be found with the county auditor in Washington. Divorce and marriage records starting from 1968 to the present day are available at the state office with slight delay for brand new record filing. Any records from before the year 1968 that you find have not ever been transferred to the Washington State will surely be found with the county auditor.