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Between 1854 and 1969, the King County Auditor recorded and maintained documents submitted for public record in King County. In 1969, when King County adopted its home-rule charter, the office of the County Auditor was abolished and the recording functions were assigned to the newly-formed King County Recorder's Office. Recorded documents include marriage records (certificates and applications), property records (deeds, easements, mortgages, leases, liens, plats, surveys, and condominium records) as well as a variety of other records including veteran discharge papers (DD-214s), power of attorney records, and chattel mortgages. The King County Archives provides access to all documents recorded in King County.

To record a document with King County, please go to the King County Recorder's Office. The Recorder's Office can also provide access to copies of recordings that have been imaged, including all marriage certificates, plats and surveys, and most documents recorded after July 31, 1991.

Research and Access

Request marriage records, deeds, and other King County recorded documents online

Request certified or non-certified copies of recorded documents using our online form!

  • Marriage certificates and applications
  • Property records like deeds, mortgages, surveys, and easements
  • DD-214 forms that were recorded at the King County Recorder's Office
  • Name change orders that were recorded at the King County Recorder's Office

We'll research your request and scan available documents from microfilm, then contact you with payment information and/or additional resources. You can pay online, by mail, or in person.

***NOTE: When contacting the Archives, please do not include your Social Security Number in your communication. We do NOT need or use your Social Security Number for proof of identification or to conduct research.

What if I need to do more detailed research in the microfilmed indexes?

An online index to all recorded documents from 1976 to present is available on the Recorder's Office website. On that site you can also view and download images of all recorded documents (except for certain restricted document types) from August 1, 1991 to present. Additionally, images of all recorded plats (1853-present) and surveys (1973-present) are available online.

In order to research recorded documents that are not online, please visit our microfilm research room, where we provide access to microfilm copies of all indexes to, and images of, recorded documents. Please note that microfilm indexes of recorded documents are arranged by year and by last name of the grantor or grantee or by recording or auditor's file number, not by address or parcel number (except in a few rare cases).

Can't do your own research?

Research projects involving recorded documents can be quite complicated and time consuming. Staff of the King County Archives can provide a maximum of 30 minutes of research per request. If you are interested in hiring someone to do research for you, there are a variety of options that are available. The King County Archives endorses no particular researcher or company. Below are some links that you can use to help locate a records retrieval specialist:

Copy and Certification Fees for Recorded Documents

The cost for copies of recorded documents is $1.00 per page. Certified documents are available at an extra $2.00 per document. See Copy and Service Fees for more information about fees and available payment methods. Payment is required in advance of receiving copies and service from the Archives.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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The King County Archives building is currently closed, but our remote customer service hours are 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday.