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Spokane County, Washington

Recorder Offices

Spokane County Auditor: Recording

Courthouse - 1116 W Broadway / PO Box 2353, Spokane, Washington 99260

Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; Friday 8:30 am to 1:00pm.

Phone: (509) 477-2270

Washington - Spokane County Recorder Information

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

Register of Deeds

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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

* Paper should measure 8.5x11 inches or 8.5x14 inches.

* All information should be typewritten or printed in a color of ink capable of producing a clear image that can be archived. The best color for this is black. A font size of at least 8 point should be used. The Recording Department suggests using Arial font rather than Times New Roman.

* Taped or stapled attachments are not accepted.

* Paper must be of a weight and color that is capable of producing a clear image. Generally, white paper of 20 pound weight will work best for this.

* The top margin of the first page must be at least 3 inches, with nothing appearing in the margin except for the return address, which should be on the left side of this margin. Side and bottom margins on this page must be at least 1 inch. Top margins on subsequent pages must also be at least 1 inch.

* Immediately after the 3-inch top margin, a document title should be given that indicates the type of document contained therein. The recording officer is required to index only the title or titles captioned on the document.

* The first page must contain the names of all grantors and grantees, unless there are more names than can fit onto the first page. In this case, provide the names of the first grantor and grantee, followed by "see additional information on page ___."

* The first page must also contain reference numbers of documents assigned or released with reference to the document page number where additional references can be found, if applicable. Documents recorded prior to June 3, 1996 have a ten digit recording number along with a volume and page number, which must be included together when referenced. Documents recorded after June 3, 1996 are seven digits and do not have a volume and page number.

* If a document requires a legal description and parcel number, make sure this is provided on the first page. If the legal description is longer than the allocated space, an abbreviated legal description can be given, along with the complete parcel number. The full legal description can then be attached as an exhibit by stating "See full legal on exhibit or page____."

* Deeds of real estate described by lot and block and addition or plat shall not be filed or recorded until the plat of such addition has been filed and made a matter of record.

* Documents may not contain a social security number, a date of birth associated with a particular person, or the maiden name of a person's parent so as to be identified with a particular person.

* If any portion of a document is illegible it cannot be recorded. Stamps or seals over text will make it illegible.

If offering a document to the county auditor that results in any division, alteration, or adjustment of real property boundary lines except as provided in RCW 58.04.007(1) and 84.40.042(1)(c), the customer shall present a certificate of payment from the proper officer who is in charge of the collection of taxes and assessments for the affected property or properties. All taxes and assessments, both current and delinquent, must be paid.

If the document alters, adjusts, or results in a division of boundary lines or the Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit indicates that any of the parcels listed are being segregated from a larger parcel, an "Alteration of Property Line Certificate of Payment" form must be completed and signed off by the Treasurer. The certificate will be presented to the County Auditor with the deed to be recorded. This certificate is available on the County Auditor's webpage.

To avoid reformatting a non-standard document for margin errors, customers have the option of submitting a cover sheet with a signed affidavit. This will require a $50 payment for nonstandard documents, in addition to the regular recording fees. If paying the $50 fee, the following statement should be included in the cover page, followed by the preparer's signature: "I am requesting an emergency non-standard recording for an additional fee as provided in RCW 36.18.010. I understand that the recording processing requirements may cover up or otherwise obscure some parts of the text of the original document." A cover page example is available on the County Auditor's webpage. Real Estate Deeds

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