If you are interested in ordering a Washington death record for a person who passed away recently (within the past month or two), you would order it from the local health jurisdiction. Death records dating from 1907 to the past two months can be ordered from the Center for Health Statistics. You also have the option of ordering a death record online from a website which provides this information on demand for a fee.
Washington Death Record Fees
In-person orders for death records cost $20.00 per certificate. Phone orders cost $20.00 per certificate ordered, plus a processing fee of $6.50 and $5.00 to expedite the order, for a total of $31.50 per death record. Expedited orders are subject to additional fees, as follows:
Order a Washington Death Record in Person
Death records can be ordered in person on Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m. The Center for Health Statistics Office is located at:
Department of Health
101 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Telephone: (360) 236-4300
If you choose this option, you can pay by check or money order payable to “Department of Health,” as well as cash, Visa or MasterCard. Orders received by 4:00 p.m. will be processed the same day.
Order a Washington Death Record by Phone
To place an order for a Washington death record by phone, call (360) 236-4313. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
You will need to provide the following information to process your order:
If you are requesting delivery by UPS Next Day Air, you will need to provide a street address for delivery. The courier company cannot deliver to a Post Office box using this delivery option.
Order Washington Death Records by Mail
If you want to order a copy of a Washington death record by mail, send your request to:
Center for Health Statistics
Department of Health
PO Box 9709
Olympia WA 98507-9709
Normal processing time for mail orders is two-three weeks after the request is received by the Center for Health Statistics.
Order a Washington Death Record Online
Online orders may be paid for using a credit card through VitalChek. The company accepts major credit cards, including American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard.
A simple way to order a Washington death record is to visit a website which offers this information for a fee. You would be able to find out whether a record for a certain person exists in the database very quickly. This type of fee-based website may be able to deliver the certificate to you in a more timely manner than if you placed an order from the government office.