County Auditors are “Recording Officers”
or “Custodians of Records.” The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) statutes
define document requirements and
fees to be charged for recording
instruments in the state of Washington.
Check, Cash or Money Order are
acceptable forms of payment.
Credit Cards are not accepted.
The County Auditor and
deputy auditors are not practicing
attorneys, and in their roles as recording
officers, are prohibited
from providing legal advice.
The responsibility for properly
preparing an instrument, survey, etc for
recording is that of the document
preparer. It is not the responsibility
of the Auditor or deputy auditors to
screen the document to make sure it is
properly drafted. The County Auditor’s
responsibility is limited to verifying
the following information:
Proper fees are tendered
Instrument contains the document title(s)
Instrument is acknowledged
signatures are included on the instrument
Indexing information is complete
requirements are met, as required by law
legible for reproduction