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Some homeowners have reported receiving a notice in the mail from a company offering to obtain copies of real estate deeds or other documents.
This service is NOT endorsed by King County.
Homeowners who need a copy of their deed or other documents can click here to learn how to obtain copies directly from the Recorder's Office.

About the Recorder's Office

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 services provided by the downtown Seattle Recorder’s Office includes the following:

  • Public access for searching recorded documents from 1976-current
  • Copies of recorded documents from 1991-current (also available at our Community Service Centers)
  • Marriage licensing (also available at our Community Service Centers)
  • Recording documents**
  • Real Estate Excise Tax**
  • Registered Land (Torrens)**
  • Surveys, Plats, and Condos**

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to serving you.

**Recording services end 3:30pm

Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Holidays and Site Closures