Original Birth Certificate for an Adopted Person

Due to staffing levels we currently have a nine (9) to ten (10) month processing turnaround time.
  • If you submitted a product or processing fee, the date your check or money order is cashed represents the verification of receipt. It also helps you estimate the time remaining before your request is processed.
We are working diligently to reduce the turnaround times. If your request has not been processed after four (4) to five (5) months, please call us at (360) 236-4300. We appreciate your patience, thank you.

You can get a copy of an original (pre-adoption) non-certified birth certificate if you are:

  • An adoptee 18 years or older and your birth parent has not filed contact preference form indicating they do not want the original birth certificate released. Send us:
    1. A completed Adoptee's Request for Original Birth Certificate from a Sealed File (DOH 422-102)
    2. The non-refundable $20.00 fee per copy.
    3. Current state issued pictured identification or passport.

  • A birth parent - send us:
    1. A completed Birth Parent Request for Original Birth Certificate from an Adoption Sealed File (DOH 422-103).
    2. The non-refundable fee of $15.00 for opening a sealed file.
    3. Current state issued pictured identification or passport.

It is important to know that the sealed files with the original birth certificates are not located in our office. It may take several weeks or more for us to access the record. 

For more information, visit the Adoption Law webpage.

Where do I send my forms and fees?

Make check or money order payable to the Department of Health.

Mailing address:

Attn: Adoptions
Center for Health Statistics
PO Box 9709
Olympia, WA 98507-9709

Searching for Birth Parents or an Adopted Person

An adopted person over the age of 21, or a birth-parent or member of the birth parent’s family, may petition the Superior Court in the county of adoption to appoint a Confidential Intermediary to search for the birth parent(s) or adopted person.

Non-identifying information may be disclosed to adoptee by the adoption agency that handled the adoption or the court in which the adoption was granted.

For questions contact our office at 360-236-4300 or email us at adoptions@doh.wa.gov.

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