The Center for Health Statistics has significant delays for custom data files and research requests. Standard data files are currently available to order with a valid DSA.
If you have questions, you can email CHS.DataRequests@doh.wa.gov. Normal turnaround times are delayed.
Important Note: A vital records law and rules are in effect that changed the requirements for requesting vital records data.
For increased security of personal and sensitive information, a data sharing agreement (DSA) is required for all vital records data, including death data. There are fees for data files, analysis, and data requests. Each application will be reviewed and vetted for compliance to laws and regulations. Sample Data Sharing Agreement.
Government agencies and Tribal governments may receive birth and fetal death record data with direct identifiers for non-research public health work by signing a DSA.
For more information, visit the Data Request FAQ page.
The Department collects high-quality information on all births, deaths, abortions, marriages, divorces, health factors, and hospitalizations that occur in Washington State.
We publish these data in tables to help data users understand trends, identify high risk populations and geographical areas, set prevention priorities, and plan health promotion strategies.
Specific data files are also available for purchase.
For COVID-19 related death data see the DOH COVID-19 dashboard.
Required Data Sharing Agreement
Starting January 1, 2021, there is a new vital records law requiring a data sharing agreement (DSA) with the department. A DSA is required for CHARS, birth, fetal death, infant death, death, marriage, and divorce data. Sample Data Sharing Agreement
- BRFSS data does not require a DSA. Order BRFSS here
- Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Certificates can be ordered here
View types of fees and fee amounts: Vital Records and Hospital Patient Discharge Data Fee Schedule (PDF)
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