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The Statistical Worksheet and Cremation Authorization by next-of-kin can also be filled out and submitted to us directly on-line.

Cremation Authorization

The Cremation Authorization gives the funeral service and crematory the permission to perform the cremation. It may be signed by any competent person on his or her own behalf or it may be signed by the legal authorizing agent after the death has occurred. Under the Washington Administrative Code (WAC 308-47-010) “Authorizing agent” means the person(s) legally entitled to control the disposition of the human remains. The authorizing agent is the competent adult highest on the following list:

(a) The person designated by the decedent as authorized to direct disposition as listed on the decedent’s United States department of defense record of emergency data, DD form 93, or its successor form, if the decedent died while serving in military service as described in 10 U.S.C. Sec. 1481(a) (1)-(8) in any branch of the United States armed forces, United States reserve forces, or national guard;

(b) The designated agent of the decedent as directed through a written document signed and dated by the decedent in the presence of a witness. The direction of the designated agent is sufficient to direct the type, place, and method of disposition;

(c) The surviving spouse or state registered domestic partner;

(d) The majority of the surviving adult children of the decedent;

(e) The surviving parents of the decedent;

(f) The majority of the surviving siblings of the decedent;

(g) A court-appointed guardian for the person at the time of the person’s death.

RCW* 68.50.160 states, “A person has the right to control the disposition of his or her own remains without the predeath or post death consent of another person. A valid written document expressing the decedent’s wishes regarding the place or method of disposition of his or her remains, signed by the decedent in the presence of a witness, is sufficient legal authorization for the procedures to be accomplished. Prearrangements that are prepaid, or filed with a licensed funeral establishment or cemetery authority………are not subject to cancellation or substantial revision by survivors.”

RCW 68.50.160 further states that if a funeral establishment or cemetery has made a good faith effort to locate the responsible next of kin, and they cannot be found, ” the cemetery authority or funeral establishment shall have the right to rely on an authority to cremate executed by the most responsible party available, and the cemetery authority or funeral establishment shall not be criminally or civilly liable for cremating the remains.”

Read RCW 68.50.160 here  (Opens in New Window)

An individual may sign his or her own authorization, or a surviving spouse may sign for the decedent, When there are multiple surviving members of any of the above classes (3-7),
it is generally required that all surviving members of that class sign the cremation
authorization, Fax copies are acceptable.

The following forms can be filled out online (Left Buttons)   OR…. They may be downloaded and filled out by hand.

Online Forms are on the left

Cremation Authorization by Individual prior to Death (Self):

 

Cremation Authorization (Self)

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Cremation Authorization (Self)

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Cremation Authorization by Legal Next-of-Kin:

 

The following Cremation Authorization Form is used when the decedent did not authorize the cremation pursuant to RWC 68.50.160.

There are three places on the form that require a signature:

  1. Authorization to Cremate
  2. Acknowledgement that the remains of the decedent do or do not contain implants such as pacemakers, radioactive devices, or mechanical devices, and permission to remove
    dangerous devices prior to cremation.
  3. Acknowledgement that the authorizing agent(s) understand how cremation is performed.

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Cremation Authorization (Agent)

Online

Cremation Authorization (Agent)

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Vital Statistics Worksheet:

 

The Vital Statistics Worksheet is used to gather the information needed to complete the death certificate which is filed with the county health department. It is advisable to gather this information well in advance of an impending death. Often surviving adult children cannot immediately or easily find important information such as a social security number, the maiden name of a grandparent, or where the decedent’s military papers are located.

This form can be filled out and submitted online   OR…  It may be printed and filled out by hand, and mailed or scanned/photographed and sent by email. The printed forms may also be faxed.

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Statistics Worksheet

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Statistics Worksheet

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*The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force.

 

ADDITIONAL FORMS

Death Certificate Approval Form

Do not submit this form until AFTER you have seen and approved the “Unofficial Death Record Abstract”
See a partially completed example of the Abstract  HERE  
(Opens in PDF File)

Based on the information you provide to us on the statistics worksheet above, we will prepare the death certificate.  Before the death certificate is filed, it is called the “Unofficial Death Record Abstract.”   We will send you a copy of the abstract by email or other method such as U.S. mail. If everything on the abstract is correct, submit the Death Certificate Approval form so we can proceed with filing it.

It is difficult to amend a death certificate that contains errors after it has been filed so please review the information carefully.

If changes are required, call us at (425)823-1900. We will make the corrections and send you a corrected copy of the “Unofficial Death Record Abstract.”

After you have carefully reviewed it to make sure there are no mistakes, go here to fill out the approval form:

Death Certificate Approval Form

Online

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way both we and the County Vital Statistics Office help you get the Death Certificates you need.

Unfortunately we can no longer pick them up at the county office on your behalf.  The fastest way to obtain them is to order them by mail using the order form below.

Death Certificates

Download this form to order death certificates from King County Vital Records.  For more information about ordering death certificates, please CLICK HERE

Death Certificate Order Form

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