During the 2019 legislative session, the state legislature passed two bills – ESHB 2015 andE2SHB 1923 – that increased the fees charged for recording some documents by up to $5.
Revenue generated by the new fees will go to the construction and operation of the new Washington state library-archives building and preventing suburban sprawl.
The new fees will be rolled out in two stages, on July 1 and then on July 28, 2019. These fee increases 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.
July 28 effective fee schedule
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 late May at its office and by mail.
“Our recording clients and stakeholders depend on our high level of customer service,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “We wanted to make sure they were aware of these fee increases as soon as possible so they could plan well in advance.”
State law requires the Auditor’s Office to collect full fees. 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.