Public Records

All Public records are governed by the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). 

The Public Records Act pertains to all records prepared, owned, used, or retained by any department or office of Yakima County government, excluding the Yakima County Courts.

Yakima County Court records are governed by Washington State Court General Rules (GR31 and GR31.1).

Yakima County Jail records are governed by Washington State RCW 70.48.100



If you would like to make a records request, please use our online Public Records Request Portal.
 

When making your request, please be as specific as possible so that we can conduct a thorough and accurate search. 



If you have any questions about the process, please see our FAQs, public records policy, or contact us directly at (509)574-1200 or recordsrequest@co.yakima.wa.us

If you are unable to use the online portal, there is a printable form available that can be submitted directly to the county. 



Commonly Requested Records

Commonly requested records do not require a public records request.
Record or Information
Department or Agency
Phone
Birth Certificates
Yakima Health District
(509) 574-4040
Death Certificates
Yakima Health District (509) 574-4040
Death Certificates (Outside of Yakima County)
Washington State Department of Health (360) 236-4300
Jail Roster (Inmate Lookup)
Department of Corrections
(509) 574-1700
Job Openings
Human Resources
(509) 574-2210
Marriage Information
Auditor (509) 574-1400
Marriage Certificate
Auditor (509) 574-1400
Passport Services
Auditor (509) 574-1400
Veterans' Services
Auditor (509) 574-1400
Licensing Auditor (509) 574-1400
Superior Court Daily Docket
Superior Court
(509) 574-2710
Superior Court Records (Paper Copies)
Superior Court Clerk
(509) 574-1430
Superior Court Hearings
Superior Court Clerk
(509) 574-1430
Criminal History Records (Background Check)
Washington State Patrol
(360) 534-2000
Building and Manufactured Home Permits
Public Services - Building Division
(509) 574-2300
Yakima County Land Information Portal
Assessor & GIS Services
(509) 574-1100
Yakima County Claim Form
Commissioners (509) 574-1500