Washington Birth Records Search
Washington’s Department of Health is the agency in charge of keeping and maintaining birth records for the state. They have been collecting Washington birth records since 1907. They have some records that are older.
Washington birth records are confidential, and therefore only the following people can get a copy of your record: you, if you are 18 or older, your spouse, parents, siblings, your children, grandchildren, your legal guardian, an authorized legal representative of your estate, a court order, your adoptive parents or a government agency.
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You are also required to prove your identity when applying for a copy of your Washington birth record. You may use one of the following forms of photo ID:
- Driver’s license.
- Military ID.
- School photo ID.
- Employer-issued photo ID.
- Government-issued ID.
- Permanent resident card.
If you cannot provide a primary form of ID, you can choose from a list of secondary ID types and present two of those instead.
Types of Washington Birth Records
Washington state offers three different types of records for you to choose from.
- Certified Copy - a certified copy is a legal document verifying your identity and you can use it when getting a driver’s license, passport, applying for government permits or joining the military.
- Information/Search Only - a search only/information copy will give you information but is not a legal document to prove your identity.
- Heirloom Copy - this decorative, keepsake copy is printed on special paper for information purposes only, not to be used as proof of your identity.
Washington can also offer you a paternity acknowledgment, an Apostille stamp and paternity verification letter upon request and fee.
Washington State’s current population is 7.53 million people. Regarding population, Washington is ranked 8th in the country with a healthy growth rate of 1.27%.
Washington is the 18th largest state in America. With a total landmass area of 71,299 square miles, Washington has 101.2 people living per square mile.
Washington became a U.S. State on November 11, 1889.
Population change from 2010-2016
Population by Gender
There are more women than men in Washington. The total population of Washington is estimated at 7,280,934 people with 3,639,241 male and 3,641,693 female. There are 2,452 more more women than men in the state, which is 50.02% of the total population.
The Washington Gender Ratio is 100 men to 100 women (99:100) or 1.00. State’s gender ratio is higher than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.
Gender ratio in 2016
Total population in 2016
Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016
Washington Birth Statistics
The state's birth rate decreased to 12.55 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 90,505 total births making it higher than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 90,505, 2.29% of the number of nationwide registered births.
State Birth Rate
Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than Washington
Top 5 Counties in Washington with the lowest/highest Birth Rate
|Top 5 counties in Washington with the lowest birth rate||Top 5 counties in Washington with the highest birth rate|
|Thurston County - 11.65||Yakima County - 15.76|
|Kitsap County - 11.88||Benton County - 14.24|
|King County - 12.10||Pierce County - 13.65|
|Clark County - 12.13||Snohomish County - 12.75|
|Cowlitz County - 12.22||Spokane County - 12.31|
Washington Fertility Rate
In Washington the fertility rate based on historical data went from 66.28 to 65.86 from 2010-2016, and currently is higher than the crude fertility rate of the US - 62.96 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 27.76 to 28.63.
State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother
Fertility Rate By County
The top reproductive counties of Washington are Yakima - 81.45, Benton - 74.91 and Skagit - 71.18. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:
State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age
Where to Obtain a Washington Birth Certificate
You can request a Washington birth record search and certificate in four ways, in person, by mail, by phone or online.
Online orders take about 12 days, mail orders 6-8 weeks, and you can get same-day service by visiting in person.
Search only, and information copies are $8 each, and certified copies cost $20. All fees are non-refundable and must be paid with either check or money order. Online and phone orders cost $31.50. Heirloom copies are $45 each.
When mailing in your order send your paperwork to: Department of Health, P.O. Box 9709, Olympia, WA 98507-9709
Make checks and money orders out to DOH. You can visit any county health office or the State Department of Health at 101 Israel Road SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. You may also use the VitalChek system and order your Washington birth record online or by phone.