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  • All persons who died in Seattle city limits (all years)
  • All persons who died in King County from 1944 to the present
  • All Washington State deaths that were filed electronically (starting in 2005)

For any other deaths that occurred in Washington, visit the Washington State Center for Health Statistics website or call them at 360-236-4300 or toll-free, 800-525-0127.

Listed in order of importance, provide as much of the following as possible. These items are required:

  • Full name of deceased (First, Middle, Last)
  • Date of death (or 10 year period to search)
  • Place of death (City)

To help ensure the correct record is found, please also provide additional identifying information, if known:

  • Age of deceased
  • Marital status; spouse's name, if married at the time of death
  • Birthplace
  • Parents' names
  • Last known address
  • Name of funeral home

Certificate fees and record search fees

  • Death certificates are $20.00 each.
  • Any time a record is searched for but is not found, an $8.00 search fee is charged per the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 70.58.107).
  • $8.00 each for a record search only.
    • The results from a record search simply verify that a record was found or not found. For information contained in a record, a certificate must be purchased.

Additional fee and payment information

  • Purchase in our lobby, while you wait:
    • There is no additional fee for death certificates purchased in our lobby.
    • We accept cash, checks, and money orders.
    • We cannot accept credit cards in our lobby.

  • Orders submitted by mail with payment by check or money order:
    • In addition to the cost of the certificate(s), an additional fee of $4.00 per order applies when an order is submitted by mail and payment is made by check or money order.
    • Checks and money orders should be made payable to: Vital Statistics.

  • Payment by credit card:
    • We cannot accept credit cards in our lobby.
    • Applies to all orders placed online, by fax, and by telephone. Applies to mail orders for which payment is made by credit card.
    • Any purchase made by credit card is processed through a third-party vendor, VitalChek. In addition to the cost of the certificate(s), an additional fee of $12.50 per order applies.
    • For more detail, see the section below, titled "Orders with payment by credit card."
  • We accept cash, checks, and money orders.
  • We cannot accept credit cards in our lobby.
  • After filling out the order form, the wait time is typically 15-20 minutes.
  • The Vital Statistics Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • To help expedite your order, download, print and fill out the form (PDF) in advance and bring it with you.

Location:

Metered street parking is available in the area. Parking in the Ninth & Jefferson Building garage is free for the first thirty minutes.

Harborview Medical Center
Ninth & Jefferson Building, 2nd Floor
908 Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Download mail-in form (PDF)

  • Print out the form, write in your information, and mail it, along with your payment, to the address provided on the form.
  • In addition to the cost of the certificate(s), an additional fee of $4.00 per order applies when an order is submitted by mail and payment is made by check or money order.
  • Checks and money orders should be made payable to: Vital Statistics.
  • You can expect your death certificate order in approximately 2-3 weeks when choosing the mail-in method.
  • For information about ordering by mail and paying by credit card, see the section below, titled "Orders with payment by credit card."

Applies to all orders placed online, by fax, and by telephone. Applies to mail orders when paying by credit card.

Vital Statistics at Public Health – Seattle & King County cannot accept credit cards. However, for your convenience, orders paid by credit card are processed through VitalChek Network, Inc., an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service.

What to expect on your credit card bill using VitalChek services:

  • The base fee for birth and death certificates is $20.00 each.

  • A fee of $12.50 is added per order (for any quantity of records in the order) for priority handling. For example:
    • One certificate at $20 + the $12.50 priority handling fee = $32.50 total charged to your credit card.
    • Two certificates at $40 + the $12.50 priority handling fee = $52.50 total charged to your credit card.
    • Note: the examples above assume standard shipping (with no additional fee for shipping.)

  • Rush delivery is available via United Parcel Service (UPS) for an additional fee of $18.50.
    • UPS rush delivery requires a signature when delivered.
    • UPS will not deliver to PO boxes.

Below is more detailed information about how to place an order online, by fax, by telephone, and by mail when paying by credit card.


6A. Online orders

Visit the VitalChek website then follow the instructions on the site.

  • All VitalChek orders are processed within 1-2 business days and then sent by regular mail, unless you select rush delivery.
  • Rush delivery is available via UPS for an additional fee of $18.50.
    • UPS rush delivery requires a signature when delivered.
    • UPS will not deliver to PO boxes.
  • For payment information, see the section above, titled "Orders with payment by credit card."

6B. Fax orders

Download fax order form (PDF)

  • Print out the form, fill in the blanks, including your credit card information, and fax the form to 206-897-4580.
  • All faxed orders are processed within 2-3 business days and then sent by regular mail, unless you select rush delivery.
  • Rush delivery is available via UPS for an additional fee of $18.50.
    • UPS rush delivery requires a signature when delivered.
    • UPS will not deliver to PO boxes.
  • For payment information, see the section above, titled "Orders with payment by credit card."

6C. Phone orders

  • Call 206-897-4551 during business hours: Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time. Toll-free number: 1-800-325-6165, ext. 6-4768.
  • To order over the telephone, a credit card is required.
  • All telephone orders are processed within 1-2 business days and then sent by regular mail, unless you select rush delivery.
  • Rush delivery is available via UPS for an additional fee of $18.50.
    • UPS rush delivery requires a signature when delivered.
    • UPS will not deliver to PO boxes.
  • For payment information, see the section above, titled "Orders with payment by credit card."

6D. Ordering by mail with payment by credit card

Download mail-in form (PDF)

  • Print out the form, write in your information, including your credit card details, and mail it to the address provided on the form.
  • You can expect your birth certificate order in approximately 2-3 weeks when choosing the mail-in method.
  • For payment information, see the section above, titled "Orders with payment by credit card."

NOTE: Because payment is involved, orders cannot be submitted by email.

  • Ordering by mail: Birth or death certificate orders received through the mail take approximately two weeks, which includes time for US Post Office delivery.

  • If you come in person: Orders requested in person at the Vital Statistics office normally take less than twenty minutes unless there is some complication with the record.

  • If you order by credit card: Orders requested over the telephone, via fax or through the website using a credit card will be processed the same day or the following business day. When placing these orders there is an additional expedited fee of $12.50. Your choices of delivery are regular mail (included) or UPS overnight which is an additional $18.50.

    NOTE: A fee of $12.50 is added per order (for any quantity of records in the order) for expedited handling so if you are ordering one birth certificate at $20 + $12.50 handling fee, you can expect a total of $32.50 charged to your credit card. If you are ordering 2 copies, the charge is $40 + $12.50 = $52.50 total charged to your card.