Documents you will find at the King County Recorder's Office include:
- Real estate documents (deeds, mortgage documents, real estate tax affidavits, etc.)
- Survey, condominium and plat maps
- Marriage applications and certificates
- Miscellaneous documents (powers of attorney, wills, community property agreements, military discharge papers, etc.)
For birth and death records, divorce records, property tax records, and property assessment records, please contact those agencies directly.
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. Over the years, the method of recording 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 records and provides access to over 350 types of documents. We do not interpret or check documents for accuracy (other than compliance with Washington State RCW's concerning formatting). We do answer basic questions about how to find documents and assist citizens in doing so.