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Pierce County, Washington

Recorder Offices


Pierce County Auditor

2401 S 35th St, Rm 200, Tacoma, Washington 98409

8:30 to 4:30 Mon through Fri

Phone: 253.798.7440


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Washington - Pierce County Recorder Information

The Recording Department of the County Auditor is responsible for recording and maintaining real property records in Pierce County.

Recording Fees

Standard Fee:
First Page $203.50
Each Additional Page $1.00

Exceptions: Assignment of Deed of Trust, Resignation & Appointment of Successor Trustee, Appointment of Trustee and Substitution of Trustee.
1st Page $18.00
Each Additional Page $1.00

Deed of Trust:
1st Page $204.50
Each Additional Page $ 1.00

Multiple Title Documents -- First page fee for each Transaction Title

Non Standard Documents carry a $50.00 fee in addition to normal recording fees.

Birth/Death Certificates $39.00
Each Additional Page $1.00

Substitution of Trustee with Deed of Reconveyance
First page $121.50
Each Additional Page $1.00

Plats - Surveys - Short Plats - Condo - BSP
First Page $287.50
Each Additional Page $5.00

Boundary Line Adjustment
First Page $267.50
Each Additional Page $1.00

County Issued Licenses
Marriage License $60.00
Process Server $10.00

Copy Requests and Miscellaneous Fees:
Certified Copy 1st Page $3.00
Regular Copy 1st Page $1.00
Each Additional Page $1.00
Search of Records (Per Hour - 1 Hour Minimum $8.00

Fees are subject to change without notice.

Document Formatting Requirements

First page must have a 3 inch top margin and 1 inch margins on the sides and bottom.
Additional pages must have 1 inch margins on all sides.

First Page Requirements
- Return address in upper left corner, within the top 3" margin
- Document title
- Name of grantor and grantee, with reference to page where additional names are located
- Abbreviated legal description, with reference to page where complete legal is located
- Reference number(s) if referencing a previously recorded document
- Assessor's tax parcel number, if the document contains a legal description

If required information does not appear on the first page of the document, a cover sheet must be completed listing all of the necessary information.

General Requirements
- Page size may not exceed 8 1/2 by 14 inches
- Font size must be 8 point or larger
- Information on all pages must be legible and reproducible, including map pages
- Paper and ink must be of weight and color capable of producing a legible image
- No attachments are permitted (i.e. stapled/taped notary acknowledgement, legals, etc)

Documents that do not meet the Standard Recording Requirements may be recorded for an additional $50.00 fee

Attach a cover sheet that is provided by our office. The non-standard recording request must be completed and signed by the document preparer.

Documents that must be recorded immediately and which do not meet margin and font size requirements may be recorded for an additional fee of $50.00 per RCW 65.04. This cover sheet must be attached to each non-compliant document. Regular fees apply, PLUS the $50.00 additional fee, and will be due on each non-compliant document.

Non-standard documents are NOT EXEMPT from the requirement that they be fully legible. Find more information about requirements in RCWs 65.04.045 and 65.04.48

Documents exempt from format requirements, that will be recorded using a cover sheet:
- Documents signed prior to January 1, 1997
- Military separation documents
- Documents executed outside the U.S. and must be translated
- Certified copies of documents
- Any death certificate
- Documents formatted to meet court requirements
- Documents where the original signer is deceased or otherwise incapacitated

You may not record documents that contain:
- A social security number
- A date of birth identified with a particular person
- The maiden name of a person's parent so as to be identified with a particular person.
(government agencies are exempt)

If you don't meet these requirements, your document(s) will be returned without being recorded.