Vital Records

Important News: Starting January 1, 2021, A new vital records law and rules go into effect that change the ordering requirements for birth and death certificates!

  • For increased security of personal information, only individuals with a specific relationship to the person on the record being requested can receive a certificate.
  • Qualified applicants will be required to provide identification and proof of eligibility documentation.
  • The certificate fee will increase to $25 per copy. Additional processing fees may apply. The State Department of Health has published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to assist everyone in a better understanding of what the new requirements are for ordering birth and death certificates. The FAW webpage contains information about who can and how to order birth and death certificates.

Birth Certificates

Klickitat County is able to issue certificates for births taking place from July 1st 1907 to the present. Payment is expected before any issuance of a birth or death certificate.

If you need a certificate of birth that took place prior to July 1st 1907, then you need to do the following; 

Out of State Birth Certificates

Contact VitalChek for specific state information and ordering.

Death Certificates

Death certificate orders are issued through VitalChek only unless you are a Funeral Home.

Review the new 2021 requirements, found here. Klickitat County is able to issue death certificates only if the death was registered via the Washington State Electronic Death Registration system (EDRS). Please call or come in to see if we are able to issue the certificate.

Otherwise, contact the State Department of Health for more information. The Department of Health is able to issue death certificates from July 1st, 1907 to the present.

Marriage and Divorce Certificates

The Health Department does not issue marriage or divorce certificates. Contact the State Department of Health for more information.

Funeral Homes

Klickitat County Health is moving towards having death certificate orders from Funeral Homes to be placed through VitalChek. Funeral Homes will be contacted by VitalChek in late February 2021 to arrange training for the use of the VitalChek Funeral Home Portal and to set up user accounts. There are no order fees, but there is a credit card fee of 3% of the order or if you are paying by electronic check, the fee is a flat 1.25$.

Our office issues certificates Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding Holidays). The Health Department will ONLY accept CASH or MONEY ORDERS. Please do not send cash in the mail.

  1. Goldendale Office

    Physical Address
    228 W. Main St.
    Goldendale, WA 98620

    Phone: 509-773-4565
    Fax: 509-773-5991

  2. White Salmon Office

    Physical Address
    501 NE Washington
    White Salmon, WA 98672

    Phone: 509-493-1558
    Fax: 509-493-4025