KCMEO resource guide
This resource guide is also available in PDF in a 3-column brochure format for double-sided printing.
Driving directions heading northbound on I-5:
- Take Exit 164A towards James St/Madison St.
- Keep Left to continue to James St.
- Turn Right onto James St
- Turn Right onto Terry Ave. for P2 garage
Driving directions heading southbound on I-5:
- Take exit 165A James Street and stay in left lane
- Continue on 6th Ave. towards James St.
- Turn Left onto James St.
- Turn Right onto Terry Ave. for P2 garage
Parking for KCMEO clients is validated
- P1 – 8th Ave & Alder Street
- P2 – Jefferson Street Parking Garage
Closest Metro bus routes (links point to bus schedules):
- Routes 3 and 4
Seattle Pacific University to Downtown Seattle to Madrona
- Routes 13 and 2
Seattle Pacific to Downtown Seattle to Madrona Park
- Route 60
Westwood Village to Georgetown to Beacon Hill to Broadway
- Route 193
Federal Way Park & Ride to First Hill
- Route 303
Shoreline Park & Ride to First Hill
- Tissue/Cornea donor? Call 206-414-7127
- Begin notifying other family members.
- Choose a funeral home or crematory and notify the medical examiner
- BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children - Tacoma
Support for children ages 4-18 who have experienced the serious illness or death of a loved one
- Compassionate Friends, Seattle-King County Chapter
Support group meetings, a library, and sibling support to families who have experienced the death of a child
- Providence Loss & Grief Resources
Offers individual and support groups to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one within the last 15 months
- Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program
Support to families affected by unexpected death of a child (over age 1 year)
- The Healing Center
Counseling and support groups for those dealing with grief; specializes in spousal loss
- Virginia Mason Separation & Loss Services
Support for those loved ones who died as a result of a sudden, violent death by homicide, suicide or other traumatic death.
- Victim Support Services - Everett
Advocacy agency providing support for families of crime victims
The Medical Examiner is responsible for determining cause and manner of death and completing this portion of the death certificate. This is typically completed the same day as the examination.
The funeral home, along with the legal next of kin or representative, is responsible for completing the demographic section. Death certificates are electronically filed by the funeral home with Vital Statistics prior to disposition.
A certified death certificate is generally available within 3-4 days after death. If a death certificate is certified with a Pending cause of death, the final determination can take up to 6 months. Please contact KCMEO directly with questions on a pending death certificate.
King County Vital Statistics
908 Jefferson St, 2nd, Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Free 30 minute parking available at P2 garage (see first menu item above for details)
Phone: 206-897-5100 or 1-800-325-6165 ext. 6-4768
Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics:
Phone: 360-236-4300 or 1-800-525-0127
An autopsy report is the medical finding (cause and manner of death)
An investigator report is the field report (investigator's finding at the scene)
Decedent personal effects are often brought into the office and may be released during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please call the KCMEO administration staff at 206-731-3232, ext. 4 with questions on how to obtain your loved one's personal effects.
Social Security will be notified of a death via the electronic filing of the death certificate by the funeral home.
Deceased veterans may be entitled to burial benefits. Funeral homes are knowledgeable and can assist with arrangements. A copy of the deceased's DD Form 214 is required.
- US Dept. of Veteran Affairs: https://www.va.gov
Locate important documents such as:
- Deeds, titles, and promissory notes/loans
- Insurance policies
- Financial accounts
- Safety deposit box
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Marriage license
- Military Discharge Paper (DD-214)
- Legal paperwork such as a Will or Trust, which can be recorded with the County Clerk’s Office at 206-477-6620
- Contact the decedent's employer. Inquire about any 401K, pension, or company benefits that the decedent may be entitled to.
Department of Licensing
- Contact the State Dept. of Licensing to cancel the license and transfer titles of all registered vehicles. Vehicle transfers can be done through the King County Auditor's Office at 206-296-3454.
Credit reporting agencies
- Equifax, 1-800-685-1111
- TransUnion, 1-800-888-4213
- Experian, 1-888-397-3742