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ADDRESS
1820 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 563
Port Townsend,
WA 98368

PHONE
Elections: 360.385.9117
Voter Reg: 360.385.9119
Recording: 360.385.9116
Accounting: 360.385.9121
Licensing:360.385.9115
Passports:360.385.9119
Fax:360.385.9228
 

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In the state of Washington, County Auditors are “Recording Officers” or “Custodians of Records”. 

The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) requires the recording of legal documents.  RCW 36 and RCW 65 define the minimum amount of information required for each instrument recorded and the fees to be charged for such recordings.  Check, cash or money orders are acceptable forms of payment.

The Recording Department records all documents that affect real property/real estate and maintains them for public record.  Documents need to be recorded in the County in which the land or any portion of the land is situated. 

Types of documents recorded are:

·         Deeds & Mortgages (Real Estate Documents)

·         Liens & Lien Releases

·         Surveys & Plats

·         Name Changes

·         Military Discharge (DD-214)

County Auditors, and their deputies, are not practicing attorneys, and in their roles as recording officers, are prohibited from providing legal advice.  The responsibility for properly preparing a document, a survey, etc., is that of the document preparer.  It is not the responsibility of the Auditor or deputy auditors to screen the document to ensure it is properly drafted. 

We do not supply blank forms or help complete forms. 

Documents recorded in 1982 though the present, all Marriage Certificates, all recorded Surveys, and all recorded Plats have an electronic index and are imaged.  You can search and view these documents at:
https://er-web.co.jefferson.wa.us/recorder/web

Document Requirements
Recording Cover Sheet
Vital Records
Fee Schedule
Grantor/Grantee

Title Companies

 

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