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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:
  1. Take Exit 164A towards James St/Madison St.
  2. Keep Left to continue to James St.
  3. Turn Right onto James St
  4. Turn Right onto Terry Ave. for P2 garage
Driving directions heading southbound on I-5:
  1. Take exit 165A James Street and stay in left lane
  2. Continue on 6th Ave. towards James St.
  3. Turn Left onto James St.
  4. Turn Right onto Terry Ave. for P2 garage
Parking for KCMEO clients is validated
  • P1 – 8th Ave & Alder Street
  • P2 – Jefferson Street Parking Garage
See Google Map of parking garage locations

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
  1. Tissue/Cornea donor? Call 206-414-7127
  2. Begin notifying other family members.
  3. Choose a funeral home or crematory and notify the medical examiner

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.

Local office:

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

State office:

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)

See full details and instructions on how to order these reports.

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.

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
Credit reporting agencies
  • Equifax, 1-800-685-1111
  • TransUnion, 1-800-888-4213
  • Experian, 1-888-397-3742