Updated: Jan 19
When you need to apostille a Washington marriage certificate, you will need to make sure to have a certified copy of the vital record beforehand. If you need to order one, your best bet is to go through the Washington State Department of Health. Here's what their website says about obtaining one:
Important notice: The Department of Health has received increased number of calls about third party vendors selling birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. These companies charge customers high fees to “process” or “help apply” for certificates issued from the Department of Health. If you have ordered through one of these third party companies and would like to file a consumer complaint, visit the Washington State Attorney General Consumer Protection Division.
Due to staffing levels, mail-in certificate orders currently take 12-14 weeks to issue from the date DOH processed the payment. For faster service, which may include additional fees, we encourage customers to order certified copies:
Through your local Washington state county health department.
Online through our contracted vendor VitalChek.
Additional fees for faster service may apply.
Official Washington State Certificates
The Department of Health issues certified copies of vital records (or “certificates”) for births, deaths, marriages and divorces that took place in the state of Washington.
We can help you with:
Ordering vital records (certificates)
Ordering a birth record
Ordering a death record
Ordering a marriage or divorce record
Correcting birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificates
Correcting birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates
Court ordered legal name change
Updating sex designation on a birth certificate
Information regarding all adoptions.
Adding or removing a parent from a birth certificate
Information regarding all parentage.
Guidance to hospitals, birthing facilities, and midwives on how to register births resulting from a Surrogacy agreement.
Phone: (360) 236-4300, option 8 for Spanish
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Center for Health Statistics Department of Health PO Box 9709 Olympia, WA 98507
Washington State Department of Health Center for Health Statistics Town Center 1 101 Israel Road SE Tumwater, WA 98501
Washington Marriage Certificate Apostille
When you are in the United States and you need to conduct this sort of business internationally, an apostille most likely will be required. There is no margin for error with the authentication or apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this service to someone with experience, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.