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Through the Recorder’s Office, you can obtain copies of most documents recorded since August 1991. For copies of documents recorded prior to August 1991, contact King County Archives

 

Before you request a copy, we recommend you search our online records to confirm the document has been recorded in King County.  Our online records search will return unofficial copies of documents recorded since 1976 and has a feature allowing you to request and pay for an uncertified (no watermark or certification stamp) or a certified copy online if the document was recorded after August 1991.

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For birth or death records, visit King County Vital Statistics.

 

For court and divorce records, visit King County Superior Court.

Options during SR 99 closure

The Alaskan Way Viaduct will permanently close on January 11 to allow for the realignment of SR 99 into the new downtown Seattle tunnel.

Due to the expected traffic impacts, we encourage customers to visit one of our Community Service Centers, rather than our downtown location.

SR 99 is expected to reopen in early February.

How do I get a copy?


Online

  • Go to our online records search
  • In the upper right corner, click "Log On"
  • Enter your log on information, or if you don't have any, click the "Register New Account" button
  • Search for the document and when you have the document image open, click the "Add to Cart" button
  • You can add as many documents as you want to your cart
  • To checkout, click the "Shopping Cart" in the upper right corner to pay (see below for fees)
  • Your document(s) will be mailed within 7-10 business days

In Person

  • Downtown Seattle:  Use one of our lobby computers to search for the document(s) and add it to your cart.  Write down your transaction number and then get in line to pay for the copies.
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  • Community Service Centers:  Before you visit, use our online search to find the recording number.  Bring the number with you.

Mail

  • Download the Copy Request form below for your document type and mail it to us with a check or money order.  Please review our Payment Information and the fee table below to ensure you send the correct amount.
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  • We will mail your document(s) within 7-10 business days.

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Certification Stamps

The King County Recorder's Office uses two methods for certifying copies of recorded documents. 

We use an all-inclusive ink stamp with our seal and a signature line for the deputy to sign on for manual certifications. 

We also use an electronic certification stamp that is printed directly onto our copies from our recording system when processing copy requests.  This electronic certification stamp includes the same seal, information and signature line from the manual stamp, but also includes a date/time line that shows when the copy was produced.

Both of these methods are interchangeable and equally valid as certification methods in Washington State.

 

Fees

 Please review our Payment Information before you visit us and bring the following with you:

Documents Fees
Certified recorded documents, legal size or smaller

$3 for the first page

$1 for each additional page

Uncertified recorded documents, legal size or smaller $1 per page
Non-recorded, uncertified documents $0.15 per page
Map copies, 18x24 inches, bond, uncertified $3
Map copies, 18x24 inches, Mylar, uncertified

$5

$2 each for certification

Conformed Copy Label, per instrument $1
Searching records $8 per hour
UCC-11R searches $10

 

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9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
206-477-6620
kcrocust@kingcounty.gov
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Recording ends at 3:30 p.m.
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