Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS)

New Filing Requirements

New requirements for filing death reports go into effect on January 1, 2018. The Department of Health adopted WAC 246-490-200, Electronic Reporting of Deaths. The rule requires all deaths in Washington, excluding fetal deaths, be reported electronically using the format and system prescribed by the state registrar. The Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) requires funeral directors and deputy registrars to complete their portions of the death report through a web application.

To enroll in EDRS, complete the Individual Enrollment Form by clicking the EDRS Login button below and clicking on “Forms”. Email the completed form to edrs@doh.wa.gov. Training is also available, but not required.

For more information, contact the Office of Vital Statistics at 855-562-1928 or edrs@doh.wa.gov.

EDRS Login

What is the Washington State Electronic Death Registration System?

EDRS is a web application for filing death records in Washington State. The system is used by those with the legal authority to complete a death certificate, including funeral directors, physicians, medical examiners, coroners, and deputy registrars.

The Department of Health developed EDRS to replace a paper process for filing death records. Electronic filing substantially reduces the time it takes to receive death certificates and improves the quality of the data we receive on causes of death.

Child Death Review

By participating in Child Death Review and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, local health jurisdictions, and other partners contribute to this important prevention.