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QuestionWhat is the population and size of Franklin County?

Franklin County consists of 1,242 square miles, equating to 795,000 acres. As of 2014, the population of Franklin County is 87,809.


QuestionHow do I contact the DSHS?

To contact the local Department of Social and Health Services, call (509) 545-1400. To report Welfare fraud, call 1-800-562-6906.


QuestionWhy is “County” Spelled with a “v” on the front of the Courthouse?

The Franklin County Courthouse was built in 1912 and dedicated April 13, 1913. The courthouse is a neo-classical building and many architects working in this style referenced the classical buildings of Rome and Greece. “V” is actually a “U” in Latin, which, of course, was the language of ancient Rome. Its application on a 20th century building is a bit on an affectation, but architects would apply this as a way to reference classical buildings from antiquity. In 1978, the Franklin County Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


QuestionDo you have property assessment/tax information online?

Yes we do! Visit: www.co.franklin.wa.us/assessor, or call (509) 545-3506 for assistance.


QuestionHow do I get a copy of a birth or death certificate?

For information on how to obtain a birth certificate, contact:

Benton-Franklin County Health District
7102 W. Okanogan Place
Kennewick WA 99336
Phone: (509) 460-4200
Email: info@bfhd.wa.gov
Web: www.bfhd.wa.gov/addsrv/vr.php

The Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics issues certified copies of Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce certificates, for events which occurred within the State of Washington. These certificates can be ordered online from VitalChek at www.vitalchek.com


QuestionWhere do I get a marriage license?

You can get a marriage license at the Franklin County Auditor's office, located at 1016 N. 4th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

The cost is $58.00, and the license must be purchased at least 3 days in advance of the wedding. The license is then good for 60 days.

To verify current Marriage License fee, call the "Recording" department in the Auditor's Office at (509) 545-3536.


QuestionHow do I get a copy of a marriage certificate?

To get a copy of a marriage certificate, send in both names and the year they were married. Cost is $3.00 for a certified copy. The address is:

Franklin County auditor
PO Box 1451
Pasco, WA 99301

The Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics issues certified copies of Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce certificates, for events which occurred within the State of Washington. These certificates can be ordered online from VitalChek at www.vitalchek.com


QuestionHow do I get a copy of a divorce decree?

Divorce Decrees are handled by the Franklin County Clerk's office.

Please contact the Clerk's office in advance by calling (509) 545-3525. They need to know how many pages the decree is, so they can charge you the correct amount. The cost for copies is $.50 per page. The cost for a certified copy is $5.00 for the first page and $1.00 per page thereafter.


QuestionHow do I get a passport?

Passports are issued by the Clerk's office. Applications may be picked up at the Clerk’s office or online at www.travel.state.gov


QuestionHow do I request copies of public documents?

Request forms, fee schedules, contacts and other relevant information can be found in the Public Records Requests section of the Franklin County website.


QuestionHow do I contact the Master Gardener?

To contact the Master Gardener, call (509) 736-2726. They are physically located in the Kennewick WSU Extension Office, 5600–E West Canal Place. For directions to the Kennewick Office, contact Franklin County WSU Extension at (509) 545-3511.