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.

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.
  • Passport.
  • 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 Population

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.

State Population
1 birth every 349 seconds

1 death every 524 seconds

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 states with a lower birth rate than Washington Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than Washington
Oregon - 11.05Kansas - 13.05
Connecticut - 9.29Minnesota - 12.68
Maryland - 11.73North Dakota - 15.04
California - 12.30Wyoming - 12.61
New Mexico - 11.82District Of Columbia - 14.47

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 - 11.65Yakima County - 15.76
Kitsap County - 11.88Benton County - 14.24
King County - 12.10Pierce County - 13.65
Clark County - 12.13Snohomish County - 12.75
Cowlitz County - 12.22Spokane 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:

County Fertility rate
Cowlitz County69.89
Pierce County67.54
Kitsap County67.18
Snohomish County65.15
Clark County62.99
Spokane County62.44
King County56.55
Whatcom County50

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.

Washington Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $20.00
Organization: Department of Health; Center for Health Statistics
Address:P.O. Box 47814, Olympia, WA 98504-7814
Remarks: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Washington Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.