Washington Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Washington Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
  • Where can I find in Washington, a copy of my birth certificate?
    Washington State Department of Health issues birth certificates occurring from 1907 and later. Go to the department's site, then into licenses, permits, and certificates (a tab on top); under birth, death, marriage, and divorce, you will see a link to how to order certificates. You can see how to order and what you will need to order online, by phone, or by mail, and if there are any fees.
  • Where do I find in Washington all marriages on June 25th, 2015?
    The Washington Department of Health shows marriages (statistics) from 1968, including 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 site)
  • Where can I find in Washington a free copy of an autopsy?
    Many online obituaries list recent death; they will show up on SERPs. If you can't find it in the obits, you can try the link to Washington cemeteries https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/Collections/TitleInfo/1306It's an open free search you can quickly check. You will be taken to the Secretary of state's webpage of digital archives by clicking on that. A "Collections" tab on top will take you to a page showing different databases. Under the Collections online portion, you will see the cemetery records link on the left; once you click on that, a list of cemeteries you can access freely appears on the right.
  • Where can I find out in Washington? What are census tracts?
    Census tracts are subdivisions of a county that contain a unique numeric code. These are small areas where the population ranges from 1,200 to 8,000 maximum and averages approximately 4,000 residents. Before the census tracts, block numbering areas (BNA)s were used for cities where tracts did not exist. Then, in 1990 both were used to cover the entire United States. By 2000, the census tracts covered all of the U.S. In 2010; new tracts were introduced due to merging or separating due to population changes and were available to the public in December 2010. The census program is offered only once every ten years, and census tracts are aimed at being eventually permanent. This allows for comparisons from one decade to another. Once the tract has exceeded 8,000 residents, the tract is split to the extent of the population numbers being met. If the tract decreases in population below 1,200 residents, the tract with then is merged with a neighboring tract meeting the eligibility standards. The census tract relationship files in the geography portion of the census site show the 2000 census tracts compared to the 2010 census tracts.
  • Where can I find in Washington, permission to view search warrants?
    Warrants for arrest are mostly at the local or county court level, issued by a judge. Some police departments make their warrant for arrest list public online, depends on the area
  • Where can I find in Washington, the cause of death of a deceased individual?
    There are a few factors which play into the ease of obtaining this type of record. For example, whether you are a descendant of the deceased, was it note worthy to end up in the newspapers, when and where did this occur (county or city)? Is it archived?
  • Where can I find, in Washington, access to accident reports on State Route 18?
    If you are looking for official accident reports, you can obtain them online from the Washington State Patrol's 'collision records section' page. Their 7345 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA, office has a kiosk to request these records.
  • Where can we find access to accident statistics, and how are they compiled in Washington?
    For statistics specific to Washington's transportation collisions, the Washington State Department of Transportation provides the public with their collected data. The data is not compiled from crash reports entered by other drivers but from collision reports submitted by law enforcement. Traffic fatalities in Washington are lower than the national average. Since 2006, total statewide fatal collisions dropped from 578 to 422 in 2010. Seattle, with the largest population, reported 26 fatalities, but Tukwila, Sea-Tac, Lynnwood, Renton, and Kent have higher per-population rates of deaths and injuries. Statistics also show that most fatal collisions occur during clear or partly cloudy days. This statistic is an example of data that can be misleading. There are fewer vehicles on the roads during bad weather and fewer collisions. Another example of very similar data is the month where the most crashes occur. Summertime being the most desirable weather for driving, the month with the most reported collisions is July, with 53 in 2010. Friday is the day of the week with the most accidents on all Washington public roads, with Saturday second and Monday a close third. Five o'clock is the peak hour of the day when collisions are most likely statewide. As for age groups, 16 to 30-year-olds are involved in more fatal crashes than any other age group, but surprisingly drivers over 70 are a very close second in statistical standings. Women have fewer fatalities than men in just about every category.