What information do I need to apply for a Birth or Death Certificate?

For births (click here for application): For deaths (click here for application):
· Child’s full name · Deceased's name
· Child’s date of birth · Date of death
· Place of Birth (Washington State only) · Place of death
· Father’s full name, if it appears on the record · Name, address and phone number of person applying
· Mother’s full maiden name
· Name, address and phone number of person applying
NOTE: You have ONE YEAR from date on certificate to receive a free exchange due to a correction being made.

How much does it cost?

Click here for the Fee Schedule

How do I order a Birth or Death certificate?

Please complete the application and deliver it to the Office of Vital records in person, by mail, or by fax.

Click here for the Birth Certificate Application - English

Click here for the Death Certificate Application - English

Acta de nacimiento Orden de aplicación – Español

Ordering in person takes about five minutes and is on a first come, first serve basis. Completing the Application prior to your arrival will save time.

How do I make corrections to certificates?

Click here for Vital Records Correction Affidavit.

How do I order by mail?

Mail orders are mailed back to the requestor within two business days. Fill out the order form and mail with the appropriate fee to:

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Vital Records

3629 South D Street

Tacoma, WA 98418-6813

How do I order by phone or fax?

Phone: (253) 798-6418

Fax: (253) 798-6560

Please have the following information available when ordering a certificate by phone or fax:

1. Visa or MasterCard

2. Credit card number, expiration date and security code

3. Credit card billing address

4. Person’s name on the credit card

5. Address where the certificate is being sent. No PO Boxes or APO addresses for overnight delivery

NOTE: There is an additional $15 service fee (includes regular mail), plus the cost of shipping when ordering by phone, Internet or fax.

Can I order it online?

Yes! You can now order online at https://www.tpchd.org/certificates.php.

NOTE: There is an additional $15 service fee (includes regular mail), plus the cost of shipping when ordering online.