King County Recorder's Office
Recently, some homeowners have reported receiving a notice in the mail from a company offering to obtain copies of real estate deeds. This service is NOT endorsed by the King County Recorder's Office. Homeowners needing a copy of their deed can click here to learn how to obtain a copy directly from King County.
The Recorder's Office records and provides access to over 350 types of documents. We do not interpret documents or check the documents for accuracy (other than compliance with Washington State RCWs concerning formatting). We do answer basic questions about how to find documents and assist people in doing so.
Between 1854 and 1969, the King County Auditor maintained all documents submitted for public record. In 1969, the recording functions of the County Auditor were taken over by the newly formed Recorder's Office. Recorded documents include real estate transactions, marriage records and many others. Over the years, the method of recording these documents has evolved from a system of manual transcription in ledger books to digitally scanning and indexing the documents presented for recording.
The Recorder's Office is a section within the Records and Licensing Services Division.
The Recorder's Office oversees Marriage Licensing.
Important Notice Pertaining to Recorded Documents
Effective January 3, 2011, all documents that have not been imaged (which includes most documents recorded prior to August 1, 1991) can only be acquired at the King County Archives. The King County Archives provides access to all recorded documents including digitally imaged documents and older, microfilmed documents.
Images of some recorded documents can still be accessed online at the Recorder's Office website, and will remain available through public service terminals at the Recorder's Office.