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New parents complete a Washington State Birth Filing Form at the hospital or birth center after delivery, not an application to order a birth certificate.

The first birth certificate issued for a birth isn’t free and hospitals and birth centers can’t order a birth certificate on your behalf. The hospital may have provided you with your local county health department birth certificate order form, which requires a fee. If you did not request for a birth certificate with an order online, mail, or in-person and submitted identification and proof of eligibility documentation, you will not receive a birth certificate.