Death Certificates

Your Bonney-Watson funeral director will help you determine the number of copies of the death certificate that you will need and will order them for you.

If you need additional copies later, you may order certified copies of the death certificate from the local county Health Department. You may do this only after the original death certificate has been filled out by your funeral director, signed by the attending physician and filed with the county vital records office.

Certified death certificates can be obtained from King County for anyone who died within Seattle city limits (all years) or in King County (1944 and later only). The King County site lists a number of ordering options, including in-person, mail, online, fax and telephone.

For records of deaths outside of King County, contact the Washington State Center for Health Statistics at 360-236-4300 or toll-free, 800-525-0127.

  • For recent records (in the current or previous month), contact the Local Health Department where the event occurred.
  • For records before July 1, 1907 in King, Pierce or Spokane counties, contact the Local Health Department where the event occurred.
  • For records before July 1, 1907 for all other counties, please contact the county auditor's office in the county where the event occurred.

You may also order certified copies of Birth, Death, Marriage or Divorce Certificates through the Center for Health Statistics via:

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