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Records and Licensing Services is moving!

King County Records and Licensing Services is moving to a new location in Pioneer Square, King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson St., in preparation for the opening of a new Customer Service Center in early 2023.

All services continue to be provided online, by phone, or by U.S. mail for now. If you have documents to record (marriage licenses, real estate deeds, mortgages, etc.), need to apply for a marriage license, or need to pay real estate excise taxes, plan ahead. There may be service delays as our Recorder's Office staff work out of temporary space during the transition to the new permanent location. Licensing Services (vehicle and vessel licensing, taxi/for-hire/TNC licensing, and process server licensing) may also see minor service delays.

Tips to manage during this time are available here.

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

The King County Recorder's Office is currently closed to in-person service.

How to get service during this time:

You can record a document by dropping it off at the King County Recorder's Office drop box, sending it by mail, or by e-recording.

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

Direct in-person service is currently unavailable. However, documents to be recorded can be deposited in the Recorder's Office drop box, located at King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson St. in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. Be sure to include a check or money order for payment of the recording fee(s). Review our Payment Information for details. Most documents will be available for viewing through our online records search within seven to ten business days after being deposited.

Continue to watch this page for details on the opening of a new Customer Service Center in early 2023 and the resumption of in-person service.


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


Frequent submitters may find electronic recording more convenient and efficient than submitting hard copies of documents. Customers can submit documents through a third party submitter, or directly through a King County Agent Account. If you are interested in e-recording, please contact the Recorder's Office directly.


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


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

Customer Service:

Marriage Licensing:
Monday - Friday
Recording ends at 3:30 p.m.
Holidays and Site Closures