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In-person services closed - plan ahead and allow more time for processing

The King County Recorder's Office, located in the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle, is currently closed for walk-in service.

How to get service during the pandemic:

Notice for Drop Box Customers

The Recorder's Office drop box on the Fourth Avenue side of the King County Administration Building was tampered with sometime between September 10 and September 13. While there is no indication any items were lost or stolen, customers who submitted documents during that time should contact the Recorder's Office to verify that their documents were received and processed. Call 206-477-6620 or email for assistance.

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.

Our history 

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.

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Recording ends at 3:30 p.m.
Holidays and Site Closures