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There is no charge for conducting research in the Archives research room or self-service microfilm area. Fees apply for copies, certifications, and other services.


Payment is required prior to providing copies and services.

For oversize or other special format copies, the King County Archives will provide you with an estimate of costs at the time an order is placed.

Archivists will determine how original records may be copied due to age and fragility. For more information on accessing archival records, please see Researching Archival Records.

Method of payment

The Archives accepts credit cards (card processing company adds $2.00 fee), cash (in person only), and check or money order.

Payment may be made by personal check, cashiers check, money order, cash (in person only), or credit/debit card (card processing company adds $2.00 fee). Checks should be made payable to the King County Treasury. Please include a return address on all correspondence.

Ordering copies


The Archives can take requests for copies or scans of documents by email, by phone, or in person. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Fee Schedule

    Marriage certificates
    Certified $3.00 per copy
    Non-certified $1.00 per copy
    Copies of recorded documents (including deeds, mortgages, short plats, easements, liens, power of attorneys, lis pendens)
    Certified copy $3.00 for first page, $1.00 for each additional page
    Non-certified copy $1.00 per page

    Standard copies (up to 11"x17") of non-recorded documents
    Color or black and white $0.25 per page
    Certification of non-recorded document $5.00

    Postage/delivery fees
    Recorded documents No charge, included in the price of copies.
    Non-recorded documents Minimum $3.00 fee is charged for supplying copies via US Postal Service, fax or as scanned images via electronic mail - ($3.00 fee includes the first 3 copies and postage)
    Other copies

    Oversize (larger than 11x17) copies and photograph reproductions


    Digital images
    Using personal digital or flashless camera No charge
    Using KCA equipment and taken by KCA staff (includes electronic image or paper print) $3.00 per image



    KCC 2.12.280
    RCW 42.56.120

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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 am-4 pm

Please note the Archives is closed Wednesdays.