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Washington Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Vermont, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

WASHINGTON STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(360) 753-5000

WASHINGTON STATE WEB SITE:
access.wa.gov

State Archives
Criminal Records
Washington State Patrol
Identification Section
PO Box 42633
Olympia WA 98504-2633
(360) 705-5100
(360) 570-5275 (fax)

Department of Corrections

Driving Records
Department of Licensing
Driver Services Division
PO Box 9030
Olympia WA 98507-9030
(360) 902-3913
(360) 586-9044 (fax)
www.wa.gov/dol

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Licensing
Licensing Records
1125 S. Washington
Olympia WA 98504
(360) 902-3780
(360) 902-3827 (fax)
www.wa.gov/dol

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, divorce, marriage)
Department of Health
Vital Records
PO Box 9709
Olympia WA 98507-9709
(360) 236-4300 [birth, death, marriage]
(360) 360-753-4313 [divorce]
(360) 352-2586 (fax)
www.doh.wa.gov

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of State
Taxpayer Account Administration
PO Box 47476
Olympia WA 98504
(360) 753-7115
(360) 664-8781 (fax)

Business Records

Corporations

Workers Compensation Information
Labor and Industries
Workers Compensation Division
PO Box 44285
Olympia WA 98504-4285
(360) 902-5532
(360) 902-5529 (fax)

UCCs and Federal Tax Liens
[state tax liens available only at county level]
Department of Licensing
UCC Records
PO Box 9660
Olympia WA 98507-9660
(360) 664-1530
(360) 586-1414 (fax)
www.dol.wa.gov/unfc/uccfront.htm

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Adams County
210 W. Broadway
Ritzville, WA 99169
(509) 659-3257

Asotin County
P.O. Box 129
Asotin, WA 99402
(509) 243-2081

Benton County
P.O. Box 470
Prosser, WA 99350-0470
(509) 735-8388

Chelan County
P.O. Box 400
Wenatchee, WA 98807-0400
(509) 667-6380

Clallam County
P.O. Box 863
Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 417-2508

Clark County
P.O. Box 5000
Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
(360) 397-2049

Columbia County
341 E. Main St.
Dayton, WA 99328
(509) 382-4321

Cowlitz County
207 4th Ave. North
Kelso, WA 98626
(360) 577-3016

Douglas County
P.O. Box 456
Waterville, WA 98858-0456
(509) 745-8529

Ferry County
350 E. Delaware
Republic, WA 99166-0498
(509) 775-5245

Franklin County
P.O. Box 1451
Pasco, WA 99301-1451
(509) 545-3525

Garfield County
P.O. Box 278
Pomeroy, WA 99347-0278
(509) 843-3731

Grant County
P.O. Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823-0037
(509) 754-2011

Grays Harbor County
100 W. Broadway
Montesano, WA 98563-0751
(360) 249-3842

Island County
P.O. Box 5000
Coupville, WA 98239-5000
(360) 679-7359

Jefferson County
P.O. Box 563
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385-9125

King County
516 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-9300 (Seattle)
(206) 205-3650 (Issaquah Division)
(206) 205-3650 (West Division)

Kitsap County
614 Division St.
Mail Stop 34
Port Orchard, WA 98366-4692
(360) 337-7164

Kittitas County
Auditor's Office
205 W. 5th Ave.
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 962-7531

Klickitat County
205 S. Columbus Ave.
Goldendale, WA 98620
(509) 773-5744

Lewis County
P.O. Box 29
Chehalis, WA 98532-1900
(360) 740-2704

Lincoln County
P.O. Box 68
Davenport, WA 99122
(509) 725-1401

Mason County
P.O. Box 400
Shelton, WA 98584-0400
(360) 427-9670

Okanogan County
P.O. Box 1010
Okanogan, WA 98840-1010
(509) 422-7275

Pacific County
P.O. Box 97
South Bend, WA 98586-0097
(360) 875-9230

Pend Oreille County
P.O. Box 5015
Newport, WA 99156-5015
(509) 447-2435

Pierce County
2401 S. 35th St., Room 200
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 798-7455

San Juan County
P.O. Box 638
Friday Harbor, WA 98250-0638
(360) 378-2163

Skagit County
P.O. Box 1306
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 336-9440

Skamania County
P.O. Box 790
Stevenson, WA 98648-0790
(509) 427-9431

Snohomish County
3000 Rockefeller Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 388-3466

Spokane County
1116 W. Broadway
Spokane, WA 99260
(509) 477-2211

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Stevens County
215 S. Oak
Colville, WA 99114-0189
(509) 684-7575

Thurston County
2001 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 786-5430

Wahkiakum County
P.O. Box 116
Cathlamet, WA 98612-0543
(360) 795-3558

Walla Walla County
P.O. Box 1856
Walla Walla, WA 99362-1856
(509) 527-3221

Whatcom County
311 Grand Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 676-6777

Whitman County
P.O. Box 350
Colfax, WA 99111-0350
(509) 397-6240

Yakima County
128 N. 2nd St.
Yakima, WA 98901
(509) 574-1430