Copies of Original Birth Certificate
The Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Certificates, maintains birth certificate information for the entire state. This office may be of assistance to persons searching for a birth parent or adopted child.
RCW 26.33.345 Search for Birth Parent or Adopted Child - Limited Release of Information - Non-certified Copies of Original Birth Certificate
- The department of social and health services, adoption agencies, and independent adoption facilitators shall release the name and location of the court where a relinquishment of parental rights or finalization of an adoption took place to an adult adoptee, a birth parent of an adult adoptee, an adoptive parent, a birth or adoptive grandparent of an adult adoptee, or an adult sibling of an adult adoptee, or the legal guardian of any of these.
- The department of health shall make available a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate of a child to the child's birth parents upon request.
- For adoptions finalized after October 1, 1993, the department of health shall make available a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to the adoptee after the adoptee's eighteenth birthday unless the birth parent has filed an affidavit of nondisclosure.
RCW 26.33.347 Consent or Refusal to Release Adoptee's Identifying Information - Desire to Be Contacted - Certified Statement
An adopted person over the age of eighteen may file with the department of health a certified statement declaring any one or more of the following:
- The adoptee refuses to consent to the release of any identifying information to a biological parent, biological sibling, or other biological relative and does not wish to be contacted by a confidential intermediary except in the case of a medical emergency as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction;
- The adoptee consents to the release of any identifying information to a confidential intermediary appointed under RCW 26.33.343, a biological parent, biological sibling, or other biological relative;
- The adoptee desires to be contacted by his or her biological parents, biological siblings, other biological relatives, or a confidential intermediary appointed under RCW 26.33.343;
- The current name, address, and telephone number of the adoptee who desires to be contacted.
- The certified statement shall be filed with the department of health and placed with the adoptee's original birth certificate if the adoptee was born in this state, or in a separate registry file for reference purposes if the adoptee was born in another state or outside of the United States. When the statement includes a request for confidentiality or a refusal to consent to the disclosure of identifying information, a prominent notice stating substantially the following shall also be placed at the front of the file: "At the request of the adoptee, all records and identifying information relating to this adoption shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed or released without a court order so directing."
- An adopted person who files a certified statement under subsection (1) of this section may subsequently file another certified statement requesting to rescind or amend the prior certified statement.