Washington residents have the right to search for, obtain, and examine public records per the Washington Public Records Act. This law states that government records and information are presumed public. The Washington State Records website’s mission is aid Washington state citizens in the obtaining of that information.
The goal of this website is provide access to these public records in an expedient and concise manner, and without requiring personal information unless the requested record is ruled confidential by law or court decision.
The records presented on this site contain information on criminal records, court records, and vital records; including over 65 million transparent public records.
Washington began collecting and creating public records in the year 1907, and from all 39 counties in the state of Washington. Digitization of public records has become the standard over the last 30 years. This allows websites both governmental and third party to offer these records online with increased reliability, thus ensuring Washington abides by the commitment of the United States of America to remain a fair and just society for all.