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:
- The name of the person entitled to protection (you) and any other protected parties (such as your children);
- The name and address of the abuser;
- The date the protection order was entered;
- The date the protection order expires;
- The relief granted in the order (i.e., what the order gives to you and what it prevents the abuser from doing);
- The judicial district and contact information for court administration for the court in which the foreign protection order was entered;
- The Social Security number, date of birth, and description of the abuser;
- Whether or not the abuser is believed to be armed and dangerous;
- Whether or not the abuser was served with the order, and if so, the method used to serve the order; and
- 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”.