Washington is an open record state which means individuals will be able to obtain a wide array of different records. In the state of Washington, records including marriage, divorce, birth and death are maintained and issued by the Washington State Department of Health’s Center for Health Statistics. From here, individuals may obtain Washington Marriage Records that occurred between 1968 and the present day. Marriage Records that predate this time frame can be found at the County Auditor in the county in which the marriage license was originally issued.
There are several ways to go about obtaining Washington Marriage records from the Center for Health Statistics including in-person, via the US Postal Service or over the phone. Each of these methods have their own respective pros and cons but each have similar fees and required information. Individuals requesting Washington Marriage Records in-person or through the mail can expect to pay a $20 fee for each copy requested. In-person fees can be paid via cash, check or credit card with only check or money order being accepted through the mail. Those who make requests via the phone, on the other hand, can expect to pay a $31.50 fee.
While making a request for Washington Marriage Records through the mail or over the phone may save some time, making a request in-person is the fastest of these methods. Provided a request is submitted before 4:00PM, the Center for Health Statistics has been known to process these requests on the same day. Submitting a request through the mail or phone, on the other hand, can take up to 3 weeks for processing from the day on which the request was received.