Vital Records

Vital Records is a division of the Washington County Health Department and maintains all penpapperlogobirth and death records for Washington County. The Washington County Health Department is a registration district for vital records, which include all births and deaths occurring in Washington County. Certified copies of both are issued to individuals for travel, school, marriage, insurance, and to settle estate matters. The staff is also certified to complete correction amendments to birth records and to prepare paternity affidavits. A fee is charged for these services.

Both birth and death records begin in 1882. Records prior 1882 are not available.

Appointments are required for all corrections, paternity affidavits, and home birth registrations.

Birth Certificate - standard size $10.00
Birth Certificate $15.00 (includes one wallet and one standard size)
Death Certificate $15.00 each
Amendment to Birth Record  $25.00
Paternity/Paternity upon Marriage $25.00 each
Genealogy Page $5.00 each
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Please remit payment to the Washington County Health Department when submitting form.

The office is located in the Washington County Government Building, Suite 100 at 806 Martinsburg Road, Salem, IN 47167. The phone number is (812) 883-5603.

Office hours for Vital Records are 8:00 AM - 12:00 (noon) & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Applications for Birth & Death Certificates are processed 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.
Eligibility to obtain a Birth Certificate
To obtain records by mail, you must complete the following:
Click Here to obtain a Birth Certificate (pdf-Get Acrobat Reader)

Click Here to obtain a Death Certificate(pdf-Get Acrobat Reader)application attached)

WE DO NOT accept Birth or Death Certificate requests via email, fax or phone.