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Washington OBCs

Washington Birth Certificates

How to Get Birth Certificate in Washington if You Were AdoptedHow to Get Birth Certificate in Washington if You Were Adopted

Washington OBC Access Status: OPEN! Beginning July 1, 2014, all adoptees 18 and older will have access to their original non certified birth certificates unless a birth parent files a contact preference form indicating that he or she does not want the information released.

On July 28, 2013, a new law (SHB1525) took effect changing the requirements for an adoptee to obtain his or her original (pre-adoption) birth certificate.
WA Care OBC access washington state Beginning July 1, 2014, all adoptees 18 and older will have access to their original noncertified birth certificates unless a birth parent files a contact preference form indicating that he or she does not want the information released.
WA-Care was the state group leading the fight for adult adoptee access to the OBC in Washington State.
Birth parents may now file Contact Preference Form (PDF) and Birth Parent Medical History Form (PDF) with the Center for Health Statistics.
Until July 1, 2014, original non-certified birth certificates are only available to adoptees age 18 and older if the adoption occurred after October 1, 1993 and the birth parent has not filed a contact preference form indicating he or she does not want the information released.
Washington State will update this page throughout the year. We encourage you to visit often or sign up for email updates.
Adoptees
Birth Parent(s)
Birthparents CAN get a copy of the OBC AFTER finalization

FAQs for Adoptees about Washington’s New Adoption Law

The questions listed below are for adoptees. Birth parent information is at FAQs for Birth Parents about the New Adoption Law.

When can I get a copy of my original birth certificate?

If you are, age 18 or older and adopted after October 1, 1993:
You may receive a noncertified copy of your original birth certificate at any time as long as your birth parent has not filed an affidavit of nondisclosure or a contact preference form indicating that he or she does not want the information released.
If you are, age 18 or older and adopted before October 1, 1993:
You may receive a noncertified copy of your original certificate after June 30, 2014 as long as your birth parent has not filed a contact preference form indicating that he or she does not want the information released.

Can I submit a request for a copy of my original birth certificate before the July 1, 2014 effective date if I was adopted before October 1, 1993?

No. We cannot take those requests until July 1, 2014.

How much does it cost to get a copy of my original birth certificate?

The fee is $20.

How do I get a copy of my original birth certificate?

You can find information about ordering a copy at Original Birth Certificate for an Adopted Person.

Do I get to refuse or consent to release of my identifying information to my birth parent?

RCW 26.33.347 allows an adoptee to file a refusal of consent to release any identifying information to a biological parent, sibling or relative.  This law remains in place and did not change as a result ofSHB1525.  An adoptee can file a refusal to consent to release identifying information by contacting our office.

What if I just want a copy of my original birth certificate and I do not want to contact my birth parent?

An adoptee is not obligated or required to contact a birth parent if the birth parent provides contact information.  RCW 26.33.343 also allows an adoptee to petition the court to assign a confidential intermediary to contact a birth parent if he or she does not want direct contact.

 If my birth parent has filed a contact preference form, does it expire?

A Contact Preference form expires upon the death of the birth parent.

Will you be able to tell me if my birth parent has died?

We are still in the process of determining how we will implement the search requirements from
SHB1525. We do know that a search will be limited to death records registered in Washington because we do not have access to other state’s death records.
Where the Information Can Be Located
State Adoption Department, Department of Social and Health Services, Adoption Archives

Searching for Birth Parents or an Adopted Person in Washington State

Washington State did / does also have a Confidential Intermediary Program.
An adopted person over the age of 21, or a birth-parent or member of the birth parent’s family, may petition the Superior Court in the county of adoption to appoint a Confidential Intermediary to search for the birth parent(s) or adopted person.
Non-identifying information may be disclosed to adoptee by the following agencies:
  • The Department of Social and Health Services: 360-902-7969
  • The adoption agency that handled the adoption or the court in which the adoption was granted.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact our office at 360-236-4300.

Non-Identifying Adoption Information in Washington State

To obtain non-identifying information for children who have been adopted through DSHS, a written request must be submitted to:
Adoption Archives
PO Box 45713
Olympia, WA 98504
Please include:
  • Date of birth and adoptive name
  • Name of adoptive parents
  • Return mailing address
For private adoptions, contact the agency that facilitated the adoption.

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