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Updated Jan. 10, 2014.

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Public records document transactions between citizens and their government. Washington's public records law (Chapter 40.14, Revised Code of Washington) defines "public records" and provides for their preservation.

Many state agencies make available searchable databases of public records on the Internet. The following list identifies public records databases of potential interest to legal researchers. The list is organized by topic. Entries include the agency responsible for the records and a brief description.

For other links to public records, visit Search Systems Public Records and BRB Public Records Search.


Businesses & Corporations

Department of Licensing: Business and professional license query system
Covers dozens of professions regulated by the Licensing Department, including architects, bail bondsmen, cemeteries, collection agencies, court reporters, engineers, firearms, funeral directors, geologists, martial arts, notaries, private investigators, security guards, travel agents, and others.

Department of Revenue: Business records database
Covers business registered in the state. Provides tax registration or UBI number, legal entity name, "doing business as" name, mailing address, business location, and type of entity.

Department of Financial Institutions: Financial services licensee database
Covers check cashers and sellers, consumer loan companies, currency exchangers, escrow agents and companies, franchises, money transmitters, mortgage brokers, mutual funds, payday lenders, and securities filings.

Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises: Minority and women-owned businesses
A searchable directory.

Secretary of State: Registered corporations
Covers corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, other partnerships, etc.

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Campaign Contributions

Public Disclosure Commission: Campaign contributions and expenditure reports
Covers spending by candidates and political committees; also independent spending.

Charities

Secretary of State: Registered charities and commercial fundraisers

Corrections

Corrections Department: Find an Offender

Courts

Washington Courts: Search for Cases
Indexes cases filed in the district, municipal, superior, and appellate courts. Contact the specific court that handled a case to order a copy or get information on how to inspect the record.

Criminal Records

State Patrol: Criminal history records
Includes convictions and arrests. Searchable. Fee-based ($10 per search).

Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs: Sex offender search
Covers Level II and III registered sex offenders.  Search by street address and zip code; offender's name; or offense. Provides offender information, including photographs, descriptions, and offense(s).

Environmental Records

 

Ecology Department: Facility/Site Database
Includes a variety of sites, including

  • State Cleanup sites
  • Federal Superfund sites
  • Hazardous Waste Generators
  • Solid Waste Facilities
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Dairies
  • Enforcement

More databases are also available from the Department.

Financial Services

Financial Institutions Department: Verify a License
For banks, check cashers and sellers, consumer loan companies, credit unions, escrow agents and offices, franchise brokers, investment companies, money transmitters, mortgage brokers, trust companies,

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Multiple Subjects

Data.Seattle
An assortment of public record datasets, including building, electrical, and land use permits; crime statistics; traffic cameras; etc.

Data.KC
An assortment of King County public record datasets, including budgets, election results, food inspection reports, jail bookings, pet licensing sites, etc.


Occupations & Professions

Occupation / Profession

Agency & Description

Multiple occupations & professions

Department of Licensing

  • Covers dozens occupations and professions, including appraisers, architects, auto dealers, barber and beauty shops, collection agencies, court reporters, engineers, firearm dealers, funeral directors and homes, investigators, notaries, surveyors, telephone solicitors, and travel agents.
  • Search by license type, business or individual name, license or UBI number, and/or address.
  • Provides name, license and entity type, UBI number, status, business and mailing addresses, and registered trade names.

Acupuncturists

See Healthcare providers

Architects

See Multiple occupations & professions

Attorneys

Washington State Bar Association, Lawyer Directory

  • Covers attorneys licensed to practice in Washington.
  • Search by bar number, name, city, phone number, service on a WSBA committee, status, and/or area of practice.
  • Provides individual and firm name, mail and email addresses, phone and fax numbers, bar number, date admitted to practice, and status.
  • See also the searchable database of lawyer discipline notices.

Chiropractors

See Healthcare providers

Contractors

Department of Labor and Industries

  • Covers contractors, electricians, elevator technicians, and plumbers.
  • Search by business or individual name, business owner name, city/county, license number, or UBI number.
  • Provides licensee name and type, address, phone number, status, specialties, parent company, business owner, bonds, insurance, and summons/complaints.

Court reporters

See Multiple occupations & professions



Dentists & dental assistants

See Healthcare providers

Electricians

See Contractors

Elevator technicians

See Contractors

Engineers

See Multiple occupations & professions

Funeral directors

See Multiple occupations & professions

Healthcare providers & facilities

Health Professions Quality Assurance

  • Covers healthcare professionals and providers, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, counselors, dental assistants and hygienists, dentists, dieticians, massage therapists, midwives, nurses, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physicians and surgeons, psychologists, social workers, and veterinarians.
  • Provides birth year, license status and disciplinary actions.
Insurance agents & companies Insurance Commissioner: Look up an agent, agency, or company

Massage therapists

See Healthcare providers

Midwives

See Healthcare providers

Notaries

See Multiple occupations & professions

Nurses

See Healthcare providers

Pharmacists

See Healthcare providers

Physicians

See Healthcare providers

Plumbers

See Contractors

Psychologists

See Healthcare providers

Social workers

See Healthcare providers

Travel agents

See Multiple occupations & professions

Veterinarians

See Healthcare providers

For other certified, licensed, and/or registered occupations and professions, see the Licensing Department's List of Licenses.

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Unclaimed Property

Department of Revenue: Unclaimed property
Search by first and last name OR business name.

Uniform Commercial Code

Department of Licensing: Uniform Commercial Code filings
Fee-based.

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