Recording Overview

Recording Fee Increase

Effective 1/1/2024, the basic recording fee for documents will increase from $203.50 to $303.50. Any document received on or after 1/1/2024 will be subject to the new fees, regardless if it was previously submitted for recording and rejected in 2023.

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Would you like to be notified if a document is recorded on your name or property?

We now provide a free notification service for legal recordings. 

Enroll with your name,  property identification number, business name, or property legal description. 

Property information can be found here.

Recently paid off your home loan?

Congratulations on paying off your loan!

While the Recording Office does receive paperwork showing a specific loan has paid off, copies of those documents are not automatically sent out.

If you want to order a copy of the deed for your property or a copy of the reconveyance showing you paid off a specific loan, please click the button to the right and search by your name to get started.

The Joint Lobby is open Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 4 PM 

A secure processing drop box is located on the first floor of the Public Service Center.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact us by phone at 564-397-2208.

For the Recording Fee Schedule and Cover Sheets please click here.

The Clark County Recording Department is responsible for maintaining the public records of the county, including real estate documents, liens, plats, military discharges, and marriage records. The recording department also issues marriage licenses and process server licenses.

Free public access to recorded documents is available online or in office at the public computers. Copies of documents can be obtained through our office for a fee.

Responsibilities of Auditors

Washington defines county auditors and their deputies as the “Custodians of Records”. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) outlines the requirements of legal documents that must be recorded. RCW 65 and RCW 36 define the minimum amount of information that must be present on recorded documents and the fees associated with such recordings.

The county auditor and their deputy auditors are not practicing attorneys in their roles as recording officers. They are prohibited from giving or offering legal advice, including the completion of forms.

The responsibility for preparing a document for recording is that of the preparer. It is not the responsibility of the county auditor or deputy auditors to verify that the document has been properly drafted. The auditor’s office only verifies the following information:

  • Correct fees are collected
  • Indexing information is complete
  • Document is legible
  • Document is formatted correctly

Click here for additional information on recording requirements.

Documents NOT recorded with the county auditor:

Birth Records

  • 1908-1926: Vital Records at 360-236-4300
  • 1927-Present: Health Department 564-397-8000

Death Records

  • 1908-10 years prior to today’s date: Vital Records at 360-236-4300
  • The past 10 years: Health Department 564-397-8000

Court Records, including divorce decrees

  • Clark County Clerk’s Office 564-397-2292