OLYMPIA, WA - During the 2018 legislative session, the state legislature passed two bills—HB1570 and HB2578—increasing the fees charged to customers for recording most documents by up to $25. Revenue generated through the new fees will go to fund homelessness and housing services and programs.
The new fees begin June 7, 2018 and only apply to the first page of recorded documents. Fees for additional pages will stay the same. A complete list of our new fee schedule is available online.
The Thurston County Auditor's Office developed a memo for 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 late April at its office and by mail.
"We work with Thurston County residents and stakeholders on a daily basis to meet their document recording needs," said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. "While document recording fees are set by the legislature, we want to make our customers in Thurston County aware of the change so they can plan accordingly."
State law requires the Auditor's Office to collect full fees. Any document submitted without full payment to the Auditor's Office will be 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.