– During the 2021 legislative session, the state legislature passed HB 1277 that added a $100 surcharge on certain recorded documents to fund various housing services.
Revenue generated by the new fees will fund affordable housing and homeless services. Exceptions to the surcharge include documents recording a birth, marriage, divorce, death, liens by certain local governments, and wage liens, among others. A complete list of our new fee schedule is available online at ThurstonAuditor.org
The Thurston County Auditor's Office distributed a memo
to document recording customers and stakeholders outlining the fee changes and which documents the fee increase impacts. The Auditor's Licensing and Recording division began sharing the memo with customers in early June at its office and by mail.
State law requires the Auditor's Office to collect full fees at the time of recording. Any document submitted without full payment to the Auditor's Office are sent back with a request for the customer to resend the documents with correct fees.
Customers should contact the Thurston County Auditor's Office Licensing and Recording Division with questions or concerns at 360.786.5405, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Thurston County Auditor's Office provides document recording services to the general public. Our recording services include customer service for document recording, access to recorded documents, and map and land record research. For more information, visit the Auditor's Recording webpage.