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Most documents recorded on or after August 1, 1991 are available online. Documents that were recorded prior to August 1, 1991 are on microfilm and are only available from the King County Archives. Birth and death records, divorce records, property tax records, and property assessment records are not available at the King County Recorder's Office. Click on the quick links below to redirect you to the appropriate agency.

How to search for recorded documents

Please note the Records Search application performs searches by name, parcel, and recording number, also known as instrument number. It does not search by property address.

  1. Click the green "Begin Search" button. You must accept the disclaimer on the following page to proceed to the index.

  2. Click the appropriate database of your choice.

  3. To search by Party Name: When searching for a document, make sure to enter full name of the buyer, seller, giver, debtor, or lender in the "Party Name" field, ignoring all other fields at this point. After you click "Search," a list of documents containing that name will appear. Most people have a limited number of documents under their name, so bringing up a list of all the documents under the name will enable you to locate the one you are searching for.

  4. If you have a common name or you have found too many documents listed under the Party Name, you can refine your search by narrowing the date in which the document was filed. Enter the full name (last name, first name, and middle initial) in the Party Name search criteria, then go to Date Filed From and add in the oldest date you want to search, followed by using today's date (MM/DD/YYYY) in the "To" box.

  5. To search by Tax Parcel: If you know the King County Assessor's Tax Account Number (parcel number) for a property, you can enter the first ten digits in the "Parcel No. From" field, leaving the "To" field blank. All documents associated with this tax parcel will be listed. Note: searching by a tax parcel number will only pull up recorded documents form 1997 to current. Since the online records database cannot search by address, you can visit the King County Geographical Information Systems (KCGIS) Parcel Viewer to obtain the parcel number.

  6. To search by Instrument Number: It is helpful to know that the terms recording number and auditor's file number are interchangeable. In addition, the first eight numbers reflect the year, month and date a document was submitted for recording, followed by the day's processing number. For example, on Recording Number 19980125000355, the document was recorded January 25, 1998 and it was the 355th document that was received by the office on that day.

  7. To view an image of the document from your query results, the document image icon must appear in the far right column. Click the icon, choose if you prefer to download document as a PDF or TIFF, then click "View Image." To view the PDF/TIFF image, you will need compatible readers installed. If there is no option to download, it will read "Not scanned or not available online."
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