Changes to Real estate excise tax (REET) effective January 1, 2020
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.
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.