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"Always working for a safer and healthier Skagit County"
Director: Keith Higman



The Skagit County Public Health Department can issue certified death certificates that were filed within Skagit County from January 1, 2011 to present and from other counties that were filed electronically from March 1, 2011 to present.

As of January 1, 2021, a new vital records law goes into effect that changes the ordering requirements for death certificates. For increased security of personal information, only individuals with specific relationships to the person on the death record being requested can receive a death certificate. Identity and proof documentation will be required.

To purchase a death certificate, you must be a qualified applicant and prove your relationship by:

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Application for Certified Death Certificate

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To acquire certified copies of death certificates prior to January 1, 2011 you will need to request them from Washington State Center for Health Statistics.

Copies of death certificates for deaths that occurred in Skagit County from 1891 to 1910 may be requested from the Skagit County Auditors Office, Recording Division.

Once a completed application and the $25.00 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 death certificates are MONDAY through FRIDAY from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Application for Certified Death Certificate

The State of Washington implemented an Electronic Death Record System (EDRS) in some Washington State counties, including Skagit. This system expedites the way death certificates are processed and allows for us to print any death certificate that has been filed in those counties. The State of Washington will gradually continue to add other counties to the system until all 39 Washington counties have been added.

Noncertified informational copies of death records are not issued on the certified paper with security features and cannot be used for legal purposes. It will contain a watermark stating “Cannot be used for legal purposes. Informational only.”

Check with the agency or business about whether or not they will accept informational copies prior to purchasing a noncertified informational copy.

Informational copies of death records contain the same information as a certified death copy.

Informational copies of death records contain the same information as the certified short form death copy. It does not contain cause and manner of death information or social security number of the decedent.

Noncertified informational copy of long form death, fetal death, marriage, or divorce records are not available.

Application for NON-Certified (Informational) Death Certificate

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