King County Increases Recording Fee

As of July 26, 2021, the recording fee for most documents in Washington State has increased by $100 per document type.

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.

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.

Washington State sets formatting standards and fees. All documents submitted to the Recorder’s Office must be prepared according to these standards ahead of time.

King County does not provide templates and cannot assist with the preparation, you review the formatting tips here.

If you need help preparing your document, you may consult a title company, real estate attorney, or another professional.

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