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December 3, 2020

How do I register my protection order in Washington?

To register/file your protection order in Washington state, you must bring a certified copy of your protection order to a Washington court in the county in which you live or to a county court where you believe you may have to enforce the order.1  There is no fee to file an out-of-state protection order.2   The clerk will give you a form to fill out in which you need to include:

  1. The name of the person entitled to protection (you) and any other protected parties (such as your children);
  2. The name and address of the abuser;
  3. The date the protection order was entered;
  4. The date the protection order expires;
  5. The relief granted in the order (i.e., what the order gives to you and what it prevents the abuser from doing);
  6. The judicial district and contact information for court administration for the court in which the foreign protection order was entered;
  7. The Social Security number, date of birth, and description of the abuser;
  8. Whether or not the abuser is believed to be armed and dangerous;
  9. Whether or not the abuser was served with the order, and if so, the method used to serve the order; and
  10. The type and location of any other legal proceedings between the you and the abuser.3

Note: If you don’t have some of the information listed above, you can still register/file your order in court (and later enforce your order).3  Also, the information form should be kept confidential.4

If you need help registering your protection order, you can contact a local domestic violence organization in Washington for assistance. You can find contact information for organizations in your area on our WA Advocates and Shelters page.

1 R.C.W. § 26.52.030(1)
2 R.C.W. § 26.52.030(3)
3 R.C.W. § 26.52.030(5)
4 See the “Foreign Protection Order Information” form, which states: “Confidential” and “Do Not Show or Serve this form to the restrained person” and “Do not file in the court file”.