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35 Ordering Birth and Death Records - Female Clerk

We suspended most in-person services. You can order birth and death certificates online or by mail.  

Need to pick up a certificate in person? Curbside pick-up available.

  • Order by 1 p.m. PST and you can pick-up the same day at 3:30 p.m.
  • Order after 1 p.m. PST and you can pick-up the next business day at 12:30 p.m.

4 easy steps

1. Apply online.

2. Select shipping method option for Curbside Pickup at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

3. Call (253) 798-6555 to set up an appointment.

4. We'll meet you at the D St. entrance double-doors on the south side of the building.

Are you an agency?

  • Need to pick up certificates in person? Fax or email your request in advance.
  • Have an AR billing portal account? Submit your request through the portal. Submit by 1 p.m. PST and we'll process your request the same day.
  • Need a wet signature? Burial transit permit, fetal DC, CD letter, etc. Call (253) 798-6555 to schedule an appointment.

Auditor services

  • Auditor services are no longer available at the Health Department.
  • Health Department services are no longer available at the Auditor's office.
  • Pierce County Auditor has suspended all passport services. If you have travel plans in the next 3 weeks and need a passport, visit travel.state.gov.

Order online.

Get a birth or death certificate filed electronically by any county in Washington.

  • Order by 1 p.m. PST and we'll process and ship the same day.
  • Order after 1 p.m. PST, we'll process and ship the next business day.

Online orders cost an additional $10 service fee, $2 coverage fee and any special shipping costs.

Overnight delivery is not available to PO boxes or APO addresses. Please verify physical/residential address. You may be subject to a re-direct/fuel charge fee due to an invalid address.

Requested record must already have been filed.

Order by mail.

Get a birth or death certificate filed electronically by any county in Washington. Complete an application:

Mail application and fee to:

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Vital Records
3629 S. D St.
Tacoma, WA 98418-6813

Once we receive your order, we'll process and ship within 2 business days.

Information you'll need

To order a birth certificate

  • Child’s full name.
  • Child’s date of birth.
  • Place of birth (Washington State only).
  • Father’s full name, if it appears on the record.
  • Mother’s full maiden name.
  • Name, address and phone number of person applying.

To order a death certificate

  • Name of deceased.
  • Date of death.
  • Place of death.
  • Name, address and phone number of person applying.

Correct an error on a birth or death certificate

Mail copies of documents of proof (if required) and a completed:

If you submit the correction within 1 year of the date on the certificate, you'll receive a corrected certificate for free. After 1 year, normal fees apply to order a corrected certificate.

If a third-party company charged you a fee

If you ordered a birth or death certificate through a third-party company who charged you a fee to “process” or “help apply,” file a consumer complaint. Visit Washington State Attorney General Consumer Protection Division or call:

Consumer Resource Center
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
(206) 464-6684
(800) 551-4636 (Washington only)

After-hours burial transit permit

Call (253) 798-6500 for help. Pierce County occurrences only. An additional $50 fee per event applies for after-hours burial transit permits.

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