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About Washington Open Public Record

The Washington State Public Records Act is the vehicle by which the general public may obtain access to the documents and information of Washington state government, defined as all records generated and maintained by state and local government agencies. Online information from the Washington State Attorney General describes which records are available and how to request them. Also detailed are those records which are exempted from disclosure and the process to be followed in the event a request for records is denied. The Washington State Public Records Act also requires each state agency to employ a Public Records Officer and a response time of no more than five business days to each request for public records. Washington entered the union in 1889 as the 42nd state and got its name from the first U.S. President, George Washington. Known as the 'Evergreen State', Washington's population is nearly six and three quarters million residents, 60 percent of whom live in the Seattle metropolitan area. The state has 206 cities contained in 39 counties. Several Washington based companies are counted among the most nationally successful corporations, including Microsoft, Starbucks and Costco. Search current public records for Washington quickly and easily. Find out about criminal history records from the Washington State Patrol office. You may also review crime statistics for the state. The State Department of Health will help you acquire birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates. Learn about the Washington state courts, jury information and court case records. See how the residents of the state live by examining data on housing and real estate, demographics and employment. Explore the business possibilities by studying the statistics on firms and companies of Washington. Check out the workings of the governing bodies of the counties and discover what services and local attractions the cities in Washington state have to offer. Scan the interesting headlines and current events occurring in Washington at the moment. To help you keep up to date, this site is updated with new Washington sources on a regular basis.
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Washington Free Public Records Directory


Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Washington Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Washington

  • How to find the actual date of my marriage in WA?
    To look up marriage licenses in the state of Washington, check with the county auditor's office where the marriage took place. Look for the county auditor website and you can see how to request a marriage license, also see the contact information if you need help. Marriage licenses are considered to be public record in this state. (Staff)
  • How can I get a copy of a police report?
    Police reports are provided by the department which made the arrest. It is a common request and its form, similar to incident/accident reports can be obtained on individual departments' websites. Police reports are public records, however, there are exceptions before the request is granted. (Staff)
  • Searching for all marriages in Washington state for the date 6/25/2015?
    The Washington Department of Health shows marriages (statistics) from 1968, includes same sex marriages since December 2012. For registered domestic partnerships, the secretary of state's site will have that information freely on their site (search sec of state corporations, then domestic partnerships within the site) (Staff)
  • How to find a will?
    Finding the will itself before the person is deceased is not easy, and not generally considered public record. However, typically, when the person dies, the executor files the will with the court or county clerk, most likely at the venue where the decedent died. You may need to check other county clerks throughout the state. Once the will is filed with the court, it is then public record. This is the general rule of thumb when it comes to wills and probate, these can be different from one state or court to another. A court records search where you believe the filing would take place is a good starting point. (Staff)
  • How to find Birth records?
    If you are looking for copies from the state, the Washington department of health issues them by mail, online, telephone or by walking in. You can also request a search only for eight dollars, the database includes birth or death after July 1, 1907, which is the time when the state took over these records from counties. For records before that, the county auditor is the custodian and can provide them. (Staff)

Washington Arrest Records


Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Brian Lee Singleton  
    Book Of Arrest Number: 219022618
    Booking Date Time: 09/01/2019 12:26:00 Am
    Release Date Time: 09/18/2019 05:44:00 Pm
    September 08, 2020
  • Nicholas Alakai Aquino  
    Book Of Arrest Number: 219022620
    Booking Date Time: 09/01/2019 12:42:00 Am
    Release Date Time: 09/03/2019 01:28:00 Pm
    September 08, 2020
  • Jorge Ezequiel Valdez-bonilla  
    Book Of Arrest Number: 219022621
    Booking Date Time: 09/01/2019 01:13:00 Am
    Release Date Time: 09/01/2019 09:57:00 Am
    September 08, 2020
  • Aujene Xavier Dickerson  
    Book Of Arrest Number: 219022622
    Booking Date Time: 09/01/2019 01:58:00 Am
    Release Date Time: 09/02/2019 06:42:00 Pm
    September 08, 2020
  • Dagmawi Girma Haile-leul  
    Book Of Arrest Number: 219022623
    Booking Date Time: 09/01/2019 02:28:00 Am
    Release Date Time: 12/23/2019 10:17:00 Am
    September 08, 2020
  • Tianna Cea Snodgrass  
    Book Of Arrest Number: 219022625
    Booking Date Time: 09/01/2019 03:15:00 Am
    Release Date Time: 09/05/2019 05:49:00 Pm
    September 08, 2020

Washington Missing Children


Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Tiffany Carey
    Tiffany Carey, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/01/2020. Missing From Vancouver, Wa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Vancouver Police Department (washington) 1-360-696-4461.
    September 23, 2020
  • Missing: Lawrence Washington
    Lawrence Washington, Age Now: 18, Missing: 04/25/2020. Missing From Yakima, Wa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Yakima Police Department (washington) 1-509-575-6200.
    September 22, 2020
  • Missing: Niyerrah Michael
    Niyerrah Michael, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/21/2020. Missing From Puyallup, Wa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Puyallup Police Department (washington) 1-253-841-5415.
    September 20, 2020
  • Missing: Ross Ballinger
    Ross Ballinger, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/14/2020. Missing From Puyallup, Wa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Pierce County Sheriff's Office (washington) 1-253-798-7530.
    September 17, 2020
  • Missing: Mariah Gonzalez
    Mariah Gonzalez, Age Now: 14, Missing: 09/12/2020. Missing From Woodinville, Wa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: King County Sheriff's Office (washington) 1-206-296-3311.
    September 17, 2020
  • Missing: Torin Evola
    Torin Evola, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/02/2020. Missing From Camas, Wa. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Vancouver Police Department (washington) 1-360-693-3111.
    September 17, 2020

Washington Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Washington Missing People


Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • Ndayisaba John • Everett, Washington • 19 Years Old
    February 21, 2020
  • Missing Person • Zachary Joseph George • Seattle, Washington • 24 Years Old
    February 21, 2020
  • Missing Person • Charles Mckinney • Quincy, Washington • 61 Years Old
    February 21, 2020
  • Missing Person • Marwell Trejo • Richland, Washington • 22 Years Old
    March 16, 2018
  • Missing Person • David L Childers • Carson, Washington • 49 Years Old
    February 02, 2018
  • Missing Person • Jamie Durr • Tacoma, Washington • 25 Years Old
    January 11, 2018

Washington Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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Washington American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • Washington's demographic and housing ACS survey of 6,899,123 being 2.2 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.9% males and 50.1% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Washington social characteristics data of 2,645,396 households, which make up 2.28 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 1,705,647 families with and without children. There are 1,716,547 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Washington American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 5,488,038 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 2.21 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 3,503,337 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Washington housing characteristics are collected from 2,921,364 dwellings making up 2.2 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 2,645,396 or uninhabited 275,968 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 2,645,396 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

Washington Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Washington
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Washington Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Washington
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    25 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • Washington Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in Washington
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of Washington
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and Washington territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile