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Washington State Issues Notice of Changes to Ordering Birth and Death Certificates

16 Oct 2020 1:40 PM | Anonymous

The following is a message that was posted to the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee mailing list:

As of January 1, 2021 there will be a change in ordering birth and death certificates in Washington State.  This has been reported previously by the IAJGS Records Access Alert resulting from legislation law ESSB 5332, the vital records bill, Chapter 148, 2019 Laws.

The law may be read at:

The rules may be read at:

The major changes are:

  • To increase security of personal information, only individuals with specific relationships to the person whose record is being requested can receive a certificate.
  • Identity and proof of relationship documentation will be required.
  • Certificate fee will increase to $25.00 per copy.

There is a frequently asked question (FAQ) webpage to assist in better understanding the new requirements for ordering birth and death certificates.

If your organization believes it is appropriate to post or distribute to help in getting the word out, they have two fliers which may be downloaded—one for birth records and one for death records—both are attached to this posting. 

For more information please contact policy analyst, Katitza Holthaus at: 

To read the previous postings on the Washington State Legislation ESSS 5332 and the vital record regulations go to: . You must be registered to access the archives. 

To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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