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There are several resources listed below that will aid you in obtaining Washington public records.  Some public records may be available on the internet but others will have to be obtained through the mail.  These records may include vital records, property records, divorce records, death records, court documents, small claims records, and civil court lawsuits. 


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State of Washington
Capital of Washington: Olympia

Largest City in Washington: Seattle

States Adjacent to Washington: Oregon, Idaho


Population: 5,894,121 (2000 American Community Survey - US Census)

Washington is a Pacific Northwestern state and was the 42nd state admitted to the Union.  The state was named after George Washington and is one of seven states that does not have a personal income tax.


Washington State Links
Washington Governor - The Washington governor's homepage.

Washington State History Museum - Washington State Historical Society.

Washington State Archives - Archives repositories, historical records search and records management information.

Washington Secretary of State - View information related to address confidentiality, archives, charities, corporations, elections and voting, international trade and the library system.

Washington State Department of Health - View information on obtaining Washington vital records.

Washington Courts - Information related to appellate and trial courts, programs and organizations, boards and commissions, news, emergency procedures, court directory, court forms, court opinions, court rules, state law library and judicial information systems.

Washington State Department of Transportation - View statewide traveler information.

Washington State Department of Corrections - View information regarding public disclosure, criminal justice process, Washington state criminal background check, and inmate friends and family guide.

Washington Department of Revenue - File and pay taxes online and download forms and publications.

Washington State School Districts - Links to all Washington state school districts.

Washington State Public Health and Safety - Information related to fire protection and firefighters, health alerts, emergency information and resources, and search the sex offender registry.

Washington State Employment Security - Online unemployment application.

Washington State Department of Licensing - Renew license and identification cards online.

Washington State Department of Licensing - Renew vehicle registration online.

Washington WILD Internet Service - Purchase hunting and fishing licenses online.

Access Washington - Renew professional licenses online.

Washington State Department of Personnel- Apply for state jobs online.


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Washington Vital Records
Information on where to write for vital records, including birth, death, marriage certificates, and divorce decrees.
  Washington Criminal Records
Learn where to find criminal records. Browse records for access to every county.
Washington Court Records
With court records you may find information on land ownership, taxes, adoption, naturalization, and more.
  Washington Adoption Records
Find out where to write and who to contact when in search of adoption records.
Washington Land Records - This link will take you to the Washington Land Records section of a separate site, the Land Records Research Directory.

Washington Public Record Search

 Other Resources:
Land Records Research Directory