Vital Statistics

"Always working for a safer and healthier Skagit County"
Director: Jennifer Johnson

BIRTH CERTIFICATES

HOW TO OBTAIN BIRTH CERTIFICATES

The Skagit County Public Health Department can issue certified birth certificates for persons born in Washington State from July 1, 1907 to the present. We can also issue certified copies of birth certificates for persons born outside the United States who were adopted in Washington.

Once a completed application and the $20.00 fee per certified copy are received, issuance may occur immediately. We accept cash, check, MasterCard or Visa credit cards. If paying by credit card, you may also choose to mail this application to us, or fax it to the confidential fax number listed on the application. Requests are processed and mailed the same day we receive them.

Our office hours for issuing birth certificates are MONDAY through FRIDAY from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Applications can be obtained at the Health Department, or you may download one using the link below.

Application for Certified Birth Certificate  (Pdf)

Aplicacion Para Acta De Nacimiento (Pdf)

If you have any questions regarding the issuance of certified copies of birth certificates, please call the Skagit County Public Health Department at (360) 416-1500.

Copies of birth certificates for births that occurred in Skagit County from 1891 to 1907 may be requested from the Skagit County Auditors Office, Recording Division.

Copies of birth certificates for births that occurred in Skagit County from 1908 to 1918 may be requested from Washington State Department of Vital Statistics. A link to their website is provided below:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/EHSPHL/CHS/cert.htm

WHAT IS A BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

By law every person, physician or otherwise, who delivers an infant must prepare a standardized birth certificate which verifies the fact of the birth. The form of document is prescribed by State law. All original birth certificates are on file with the Washington State Center for Health Statistics office in Olympia, Washington.

Some hospitals or physicians may issue to parents of a newborn a card or document attesting to the fact of birth. This is not a valid birth certificate. The only valid certificate is the original certificate on file with the Center for Health Statistics in Olympia, Washington. Either the Skagit County Public Health Department or the State Office is authorized to issue "certified copies". These are photostatic copies certified by the appropriate government official as being true copies of the original document and fulfill all legal requirements.

WHY ARE BIRTH CERTIFICATES NEEDED?

Certified copies of birth certificates are of great value or absolutely essential for various purposes. These include verification of age for school entry, drivers´┐Ż licenses, establishment of citizenship, proof of eligibility for Medicare, provision of information necessary for life insurance policies, acquisition of passports, and similar identity or age verifications.

Some families keep two birth certificates for each family member. One copy is kept in a safe place outside the home, for example, in a safe deposit box to protect against loss by fire. The second copy is kept on file at home and is the copy for routine use.

Government needs birth certificates for determination of population trends and for development of a wide variety of health related statistics.