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Vital Records Division

Birth and Death Records

Office Location and Hours

Vital Records
Whatcom County Health Department
509 Girard Street
Bellingham,  WA  98225

Hours:  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday
Telephone:  (360) 676-6724

Applications received by 11:30 AM will be available by 2:00 PM, same business day. Applications received after 11:30 AM will be available by 9:00 AM the following business day. If you wish to have your certificates mailed to you, please let the front desk staff know when you place your order.

General Information about Birth Certificates

Certified birth certificates can be obtained from our Vital Records department for:

  • All Washington State births registered from July 1, 1907 to present

For birth records prior to July 1, 1907, contact

Washington State Archives
808 25th Street
Bellingham, WA  98225-9123
Telephone:  360-650-3125

For births registered in Whatcom County prior to July 1, 1907, contact

Washington State Center for Health Statistics at (360)236-4300 or visit their website at:
http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/cert.htm

How Much Does a Birth Certificate Cost?

  • $20.00 each (cash or check only) - effective 7/22/07
    Make checks payable to: Vital Records
  • Note:  If we are unable to find your record, you will be charged an $8.00 fee for the search.  This charge is per RCW 70.58.107. 

What Information Is Needed to Obtain a Birth Certificate?

  1. Name of Child (First, Middle, Last)
  2. Birth date of child
  3. Place of birth
  4. Mother´s maiden name
  5. Fathers full name (if known)

New! Download the form: Application for Certified Copy of Birth Certificate

Fill it out in Acrobat Reader online, print, then mail to us.

On Line Service

is available (including credit card payments and out of state birth certificates) through

www.vitalchek.com

 

General Information about Death Certificates

Certified death certificates may be obtained from Vital Records for people who died in Whatcom County:

  • Whatcom County 1989 to present

For deaths in Whatcom County from 1908 to 1988, contact

Washington State Center for Health Statistics at (360) 236-4300 or visit their website at:
http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/cert.htm

For death records prior to 1908 contact

Washington State Archives
808 25th Street
Bellingham, WA  98225-9123
Telephone:  360-650-3125

For deaths outside Whatcom County,  contact

Washington State Center for Health Statistics at (360)236-4300 or visit their website at:
http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/cert.htm

How Much Does a Death Certificate Cost?

  • $20.00 each (cash or check only) effective date 7/22/07
  • Make checks payable to:  Vital Records
  • Note:  If we are unable to find your record, you will be  charged an $8.00 fee for the search.  This charge is per RCW 70.58.107

What Information Is Needed to Obtain a Death Certificate?

  1. Full name of deceased (First, Middle, Last)
  2. Place of death (City)
  3. Date of death

New! Download the form: Application for Certified Copy of Death Certificate

Fill it out in Acrobat Reader online, print, then mail to us. Acrobat Reader is available free from Adobe

 

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