Document Recording, Copying & Fees

​The Auditor’s Office provides a range of document recording services, including customer service for document recording, access to maps, land records and other recorded documents. Learn more about our document recording services and how to get copies of recorded documents below.

How Do I Record Documents With Your Office?
​The Auditor’s Office is the last step in the recording process...

Once prepared, we will record your document, making it a public record available to our customers and preserved in perpetuity.

Once you prepare your document or have it prepared by an attorney or title company, you can:

  • Mail it to us for recording along with the appropriate fees;
  • Bring it in to our office; or
  • Submit it through one of our Electronic Recording vendors (see below).

Please note: You cannot use eRecording vendors for documents requiring review by the Treasurer.

Recording Fees
​The link below shows the fees for different types of documents.
Payment
Which forms of payment do we accept?

We accept cash, check (made out to "Thurston County Auditor"), and credit cards for payment. All credit cards will be charged a service fee of $2.00 or 2.35%, whichever is highest.

Formatting Requirements for Recorded Documents
​When preparing a document for recording, please follow Washington State formatting requirements.

Use these instructions as a guide to format your document correctly:

Document layout instructions (PDF)

Document layout instructions (Word)

Below you can find copies of blank cover sheets for recording documents, if needed. Please note: Some computers and printers may change the margins of the forms. After you print the form, please check to make sure it has correct margins.

 

Copy Instructions & Fees
​Our office can provide you with photo copies and certified copies of recorded documents.

If you would like to order copies, we accept credit cards over the phone at 360.786.5405 (all credit cards will be charged a service fee of $2.00 or 2.35%, whichever is highest). You can also come to our office or you can send a written request to:

Thurston County Auditor
Attn: Copy Request
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Please include the document's Auditor's File Number, a return address and a check or money order made payable to the “Thurston County Auditor.”

Photo copies cost $1.00 per page.

Certified copies of each document cost $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.

Blank Forms
​Below you will find blank forms available for download.

Cover sheets:

Marriage License Forms:

Plat Name Reservation Application Forms:

Veteran Forms (regarding recorded discharge documents – DD214)

Electronic Document Recording (eRecording)
​The Auditor's Office offers electronic document recording (e-Recording). Learn more about e-recording.

E-Recording allows you to record your documents more quickly than mailing documents to the Auditor’s Office. You must submit documents through one of four contracted third-party vendors (see below).

Below we’ve included some answers to common questions about eRecording:

What types of documents can be electronically recorded?

You can use eRecording to record almost all types of documents. The only exceptions are documents requiring excise tax or review by the Treasurer's Office and maps.

Do documents submitted for e-recording need to meet regular formating requirements?

Yes, all regular formatting requirements apply to e-recording documents.

How do I pay for e-recorded documents?

Contracted vendors handle payments for e-recorded documents.

Which vendors have eRecording contracts with the Auditor’s Office?

Our four contracted eRecording vendors are CSC, EPN, Indecomm and Simplifile.

Do vendors have any additional requirements or restrictions?

Contact vendors directly to find out if they have additional requirements or restrictions.