The most popular services of the King County Recorder's Office are our online records search and marriage licensing. We are committed to the prompt and accurate recording of documents, such as real estate deeds, mortgages, plats, surveys, and registered land (Torrens), as well as their preservation and reproductions (copies). We are also responsible for collecting real estate excise taxes. Some of our services are available online and we have several office locations offering a variety of in-person services.
Options during SR 99 closure
The Alaskan Way Viaduct will permanently close on January 11 to allow for the realignment of SR 99 into the new downtown Seattle tunnel.
Due to the expected traffic impacts, we encourage frequent recording customers to use our electronic recording option instead of visiting our downtown location. Contact the Recorder's Office for more information.
SR 99 is expected to reopen in early February.
New hours at Kent and Renton centers
As of January 2, schedules at our Kent and Renton (Black River) Community Service Centers have changed.
Kent is now open Mondays and Tuesdays only, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Passport processing is not available at this location.
Renton is now open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Passport processing ends at 4 p.m.
Restrictive covenant modification
State law now allows property owners to strike racially restrictive covenants from their property title documents at no cost.
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.