National Archives at Seattle

Order Copies of Records

For a fee, our staff will make copies of documents, including certified copies for legal use, unless the physical condition of the documents does not allow reproduction. 

If you are researching at our facility, you can order copies at the time of your visit. 

If you cannot visit us in person, our staff can perform basic searches, then provide to you page counts and costs to obtain copies. Please contact us for more information on this service. 

It is important to note that while our reference staff will answer your questions and give direction for your own research, we are not able to do your research for you.  The agency maintains a listing of Independent Researchers Available for Hire if you would like to hire a researcher.

Self-Service Copying in the Research Rooms

When you are using records in the textual research room at the National Archives at Seattle, you have a few options for reproducing records. 

We allow researchers to use personal cameras and scanning equipment with prior approval. There is no cost for the researcher to copy records this way. See Plan Your Research Visit for more information.

You can also use our self-service copy machine at a cost of $0.25 per page (up to 11 x 17 inches). You can use the copy machine to make paper copies or scan to a researcher provided USB.  Bound volumes and documents larger than 11 x 17 inches in size must be copied by staff.

Copies of microfilm can be made at self-service copiers in our Public Access Research Room or by other arrangement with staff for a fee.

Common Reproduction Fees

Mail Order Service (Staff Made Copies)  
Minimum reproductions order (25 pages or less at the $.80 rate, paper or digital copy) $20.00
Paper to paper (up to and including 11” x 17”) $0.80 per page
Digital scans (300 dpi, up to and including 11" x 17") $0.80 per page

Record certification (record certification is an add-on service, the cost of which

is not used to determine minimum reproduction order fees)

$15.00 per


Naturalization record (minimum reproductions order does not apply) $10.00
Oversized paper to paper (applies to pages greater than 11" x 17") $3.50 per linear foot
Oversized digital scans (300 dpi, pages greater than 11" x 17") $3.50 per linear foot
Self-Service Using NARA Equipment  
Paper to paper (B & W only) $0.25 per page
Paper to scan (B & W or color, must have USB drive) $0.25 per page
Microform to paper $0.40 per page