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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:

You can record a document by bringing it in person to the King County Recorder's Office, sending it by mail, or by e-recording. If you arrive at our office before 3:30, you may request immediate scanning of your document (maximum of three documents at a time) so that you may leave with the orginal.

Is your document formatted correctly?

Washington State sets our formatting standards and fees. All documents submitted to the Recorder's Office must be prepared according to these standards ahead of time. While we do not provide templates and cannot assist with the preparation, please do review our formatting tips. If you need help preparing your document, you may consult a title company, real estate attorney, or another professional.

How do I record a document?


Public recording services end at 3:30

The Recorder’s Office cannot offer legal advice or determine the legal correctness or function of the content of your document. It is highly advised that you consult a professional before recording.

In Person

Downtown Seattle:  Visit us between 8:30 and 3:30 at the address shown at the bottom of this page. Bring the document(s) to be recorded and be prepared to pay the recording fee. Review our Payment Information for details.


Send us your document(s) with a personal check, cashier's check, or money order to the address shown at the bottom of this page.  Your document will usually be available for viewing through our online records search within 7-10 days.


The King County Recorder's Office accepts electronic submission of documents through a process called e-recording. If you are a frequent submitter of documents you may find this process more convenient and efficient than submitting hard copies of your documents. You can submit your documents electronically through a third party submitter, or directly through a King County Agent Account. If you are interested in this process, please contact the Recorder's Office directly.

Fee increase coming July 26.

Starting July 26, 2021, the recording fee for most documents in Washington State will increase by $100 per document. This increase is at the direction of HB 1277, passed during the 2021 state legislative session. The surcharge will fund state and local programs that promote low-income housing, eviction prevention, and homelessness services.


Documents Fees
Fees as of July 26, 2021 
  • Assignment of Deed of Trust
  • Appointment of Successor Trustee
  • Resignation of Successor Trustee
  • $18 for the first page
  • $1 for each additional page
  • $18
  • $1 for each additional page


  • Death Certificate
  • Government Liens (State, County, Municipal)
  • $39
  • $1 for each additional page
  • $39
  • $1 for each additional page
  • Deed of Trust
  • $104.50 for the first page
  • $1 for each additional page
  • $204.50
  • $1 for each additional page
  • Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Form DD 214
  • No fee
  •  No fee
  • All other documents
  • $103.50 for the first page
  • $1 for each additional page
  • $203.50
  • $1 for each additional page

Note: When recording multiple documents in one transaction, additional page fees do not apply.

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