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:
- Order copies of documents
- Send documents to be recorded by mail
- Apply for a marriage license by mail
- Staff are also available by phone at 206-477-6620 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help customers.
- Due to reduced staffing in the pandemic and a large increase in documents submitted for recording:
- The Recorder's Office cannot offer expedited or same day service on any documents.
- The Recorder's Office is running several weeks behind on documents submitted by mail. Thank you for your patience.
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.