Washington Marriage & Divorce Vital Records

Washington marriage divorce recordsCapitol: Olympia
Most Populous City: Seattle
Total Area: 71,362 sq mi 
Total Population (2010): 6724540
Website: http://www.access.wa.gov
Source: Wikipedia

Marriages have had mandatory filing requirements with county officials since Washington Territory was created in 1853. Prior to 1968, Washington marriage records were maintained by the county auditor. The Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, started its jurisdiction over marriage and divorce records as of January 1968, and copies can be obtained by anyone in person, by mail, by phone, or online through VitalChek, which sells Washington vital records. Historical marriage and divorce records from the time of county formation until 1968 can be located at the Washington Archives Regional Branches, while marriage records are also found at the office of the county auditor and Washington divorce records also at the county clerks of the District Court. The Washington Archives has a 1968-1997 index for marriage and divorce records. 

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Washington Vital Records Offices


Record Type: Marriage Certificates
Department of Health
Vital Records
PO Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709
Phone: 360-236-4300
Fax: 360-352-2586
Website

Business Hours: 8AM - 4:30PM
Record Access Requirements: Written request is required, there is no public viewing.

Records Available: Divorce Records
Department of Health
Vital Records
PO Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709
Phone: 360-236-4300
Fax: 360-352-2586
Website

Business Hours: 8AM - 4:30PM

Records Available: Statewide Court Records
Administrative Office of Courts
PO Box 41170
Olympia, WA 98504-1170
Phone: 360-753-3365
Fax: 360-586-8869
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Note: The AOC offers online access to trial court records via an online system.

Records Available: Criminal Records
Washington State Patrol
Identification and Criminal History Section
PO Box 42633
Olympia, WA 98504-2633
Phone: 360-534-2000
Fax: 360-534-2073
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-12; 1PM-5PM M_F
Note: Two types of records available: 1) General Public (all juvenile and adult convictions and arrests less than one year pending disposition); and 2) background checks by employers, including of volunteers working with children or vulnerable adults.
Record Access Requirements: Email criminal history information questions to crimhis@wsp.wa.gov. Email background check questions to watch.help@wsp.wa.gov. Note that a record per the Child & Adult Abuse Act is available for non-profits for no fee.
Search Note: Records are 100% fingerprint-supported. Mail requests are directed to the WSP or e-mail to crimhis@wsp.gov.

Records Available: Incarceration Records
Washington Department of Corrections
Office of the Secretary
7345 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501-6504
Phone: 360-725-8213
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM M-F
Record Access Requirements: Records are not destroyed and eventually archived with Sec. of State office according to that office's retention schedule..
Search Note: Location, CCO, parole review data, counselor, and DOB are released. For anything other than this basic information, a written request is preferred.


Washington County Marriage & Divorce Vital Records


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