It is a crime to issue or use a false academic credential in Washington state. Specifically, anyone granting or offering to grant a false academic credential may be subject to a Class C felony, carrying a fine of up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.
Anyone knowingly using a false academic credential may be subject to a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to $5,000 and up to one year in prison. The law defines a false academic credential as one issued by an entity that:
The law, RCW 9A.60.070 also establishes a gross misdemeanor penalty for those who falsely claim academic degrees from legitimate institutions.
Degree Authorization Staff
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
917 Lakeridge Way SW
P.O. Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430