Order a Birth or Death Record

As of January 1, 2021, there were changes in Washington State that affect the requirements for ordering birth and death certificates.

Get the latest information from the Washington State Department of Health Vital Records website.

Summary of Changes:

  • Only people with specific relationships to the person on the birth or death record can receive a certified copy.
  • You must provide documents that show proof of your identity and your relationship. 
  • The cost of the certificate increased to $25.00 per copy
  • Anyone can still order non-certified informational copies of birth and death records that cannot be used for legal purposes. 

Ordering a Certified Birth or Death Certificate (certified copy)

Online

Order certified birth or death certificates online through the Washington State Department of Health's (DOH) official vendor - VitalChek

Mail

To apply for a birth or death certificate by mail, you must submit proof of eligibility and identity documents: 

  • Complete all fields on the form.
  • Attach a copy of government-issued photo ID. Examples include: 
    • Driver's License
    • State-Issued ID
    • Photo Page of Passport
  • Include your payment. We only accept checks/money orders payable to: NETCHD, or credit/debit card payments.
  • Mail completed order form, all documents, and nonrefundable payment to:   Northeast Tri County Health District
    240 E Dominion Avenue
    Colville, WA 99114

Eligibility and Identity Documents

Information regarding who can request official birth and death certificates and what documents are accepted to prove your relationship. 

Ordering Non-Certified, Informational Copies of Birth and Death Records

Anyone can order non-certified, informational copies of birth and death records. 

  • Non-certified informational copies cannot be used for legal purposes. 
  • They are often used for genealogy or family history purposes. 

Get more information about ordering non-certified copies of birth and death records: 

Newborn Birth Certificates

Requests for birth certificates for newborns can take several weeks to process. 

If the parents are not married, it may take additional processing time. Find more information about Acknowledgement of Parentage from the DOH website.

Additional Information

You can order birth and death certificates for records outside of Washington State by: 

  • Contacting the state or local health department where the event occurred. 
  • Ordering them through VitalChek

For information on how to order marriage and divorce records, visit the Washington State Department of Health Vital Records website.