Contact

Address

7102 W Okanogan Pl Kennewick WA99336

Phone

509.460.4204

Hours of Operation

8:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Monday - Friday

Service Interruption Notice

Our office is currently closed to walk-in service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. we can still fulfill your vital records requests by USPS mail or Federal Express.  Applications can be submitted by mail, fax, or encrypted email.  Directions are provided below.   

Effective January 1, 2021 new laws went into effect that limit who can order birth and death certificates.  RCW 70.58A was put into place for increased security of personal information.  All applications received after January 1, 2021 must be on the new forms provided below and are subject to the new rules and fees.   


2021 Birth & Death Certificates

To Purchase a birth or death certificate, you must: 

  1. Meet the new requirements.  Select one of the following for more information:  
  2. Verify the eligibility documentation requirements
  3. Verify the proof of identity requirement
  4. Download and complete one of the following applications:
  5. Submit completed application along with payment and proof of identity and relationship if required. 

Applications can be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Fax to: (509)-460-4587
  • Encrypted Email:  To initiate an encrypted email link fill in the box above in blue that says “Request Online Form”. Our staff will contact you with further instructions.  
  • Mail:   Benton-Franklin Health District
                         7102 W. Okanogan Place
                         Kennewick, WA  99336

FeesBirth and death certificates are $25 each.  Additional service fees may be added depending on the options you select.  See the application for more details.  

Important Note:  No refunds will be given if a record could not be located or the documentation you provided did not prove you were eligible to receive a birth or death certificate


Informational Copies

Beginning in 2021 a new Informational copy is available.  Non-certified information copies of birth and death records are not issued on certified paper with security features and cannot be used for legal purposes.  It contains a watermark stating, “Cannot be used for legal purposes.  Informational only”.  These are typically used for genealogy and family history purposes. 

To request an informational copy of a birth or death record:

  1. Download and complete one of the applications below:
  2. Return completed application along with payment

Important Note:  No refunds will be given if a record could not be located.  Check with the agency or business to ensure they will accept non-certified informational copies prior to purchasing it. 

         
Historical Vital Records at State Archives

The Department of Health will transfer vital records to the State Archives at the following specified timeframes:

  • 100 years after the date of birth or fetal death
  • 25 years after the date of death
  • 25 years after the date of marriage or divorce

If you need a record that meets this criteria, you must request historical vital records from State Archives directly.  State Archives determines the fee for requesting these records, not the Department of Health.  Visit the State Archives website at www.sos.wa.gov/archives.

 



Online Inquiry Form

Allow 2-3 Weeks processing time.

To request a fillable form for online ordering please complete the boxes below.

Name:

Email: 

Phone: 

Language: English Spanish

Form Type: Birth Death

* Once the form has been submitted a BFHD representative will be in touch.

Cost:
$25 Dollars per Certificate