Anyone can ask to see written records produced by Washington State government agencies including the Department of Health. To find out more, choose from the following options:
- Submit a public records request through our DOH Public Records Portal. Please provide as much information as you can about the records so we can respond as quickly as possible.
- Request or view records in person by appointment at one of our DOH office locations – Per Governor’s Proclamation 20-28.16, in-person review of public records will resume effective 12:01 a.m. on June 1, 2022. Office hours for in-person review of DOH records will be by appointment between the hours of 8:30 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. You may request an appointment through communication on your online customer portal or by emailing PRD@doh.wa.gov. Please provide your public records request reference number when requesting your appointment. A records coordinator will contact you to schedule your appointment. You will be required to wear a mask while in DOH facilities.
- Have general questions -- contact our divisions/offices for more information.
How to receive records and the associated costs:
Unless you choose to receive paper copies of the requested records or to view the records in person, you can log into our DOH Public Records Portal to retrieve your electronic records.
WACs and RCWs pertaining to Public Records
As February 19, 2018 WAC 246-08-990 (RCW 42.56.120) authorizes the Department of Health to collect reasonable costs for providing copies (paper or electronic). Paper copies may be sent to you in the mail. Electronic copies will be sent to you via your DOH Public Records customer portal unless requested otherwise. Records may be sent on a CD or USB drive for a fee, or posted to a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) webpage.