Birth & Death Certificates

IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective JANUARY 1, 2021 Washington state is now a closed record state and a new VITAL RECORDS LAW AND RULES WENT INTO EFFECT THAT CHANGES THE ORDERING REQUIREMENTS FOR BIRTH AND DEATH CERTIFICATES. 

  • For increased security of personal information, only individuals with specific relationships to the person on the record being requested can receive a certificate.
  • Qualified applicants will be required to provide identification and proof of eligibility documentation. Los solicitantes calificados deberán proporcionar documentación de identificación y prueba de elegibilidad.
  • Certificate fee will increase to $25.00/per copy. Additional processing fees may apply.
  • Identity verification and record retention fee of $15 per order will be applied. 

The Department of Health has published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage to assist everyone in better understanding what the new requirements are for ordering birth and death certificates. The FAQ webpage contains information about who can, and how to, order birth and death certificates.

Vital Records

The Snohomish Health District can provide you with vital records, specifically birth and death certificates. 

Birth and death certificates may be requested in person at our Everett location, 3020 Rucker Ave. The service counter is located on the first floor in suite 104. It opens at 8 a.m. most weekdays, and 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. 

To allow enough time to process your request, please arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. and fill out an order form. For in-person orders, certificates are available for pick-up right away once you’ve submitted your form and paid the fee.

Kiosks are available in the lobby for ordering Birth Certificates. You may order a certificate for yourself or your child only. Certificates cost $25 each and there is a kiosk service fee of $3.50. Kiosks are open 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Certificates also can be requested by mail or online.

By Mail 

Visit our individual pages for detailed information about ordering a birth certificate or death certificate by mail.

Online

Go to VitalChek to order a birth or death certificate online. 

You can expect to receive your certificate in approximately 2 to 3 business days. UPS delivery is available at an additional cost.

Cost

Effective January 1, 2021, certificate fee will be $25 per copy. Additional identity verification and record retention fee of $15 will apply. 

Proof of eligibility and identity documentation will be required. Fees are nonrefundable. Mail-in orders are payable by money order or cashier’s check. Additional fees apply for online orders.  

More information

To learn more about

  • what information you need to provide to get a birth or death certificate,
  • making corrections to a birth or death certificate, or
  • who we can provide birth and death certificates for,

please visit the individual pages for Birth Certificates and Death Certificates.