Public records are governed by the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) and pertains to all records prepared, owned, used, or retained by any department or office of Snohomish County government, excluding the Snohomish County Courts.
Many records citizens are looking for such as birth or death records, marriage certificates, property records (deeds, easements, liens, etc), and name change records. These are available without submitting a public records request. Please review our list of commonly requested records for more information on how to obtain these records.
Note: under Washington law, the County Clerk’s Office, as part of the judiciary, is not subject to the Public Records Act (the “PRA”), Chapter 42.56 of the Revised Code of Washington (“RCW”). Please see Nast v. Michels (107 Wn.2d 300, 308, 730 P.2d 54 (1986) and City of Federal Way v. Koenig, 16 Wn. 2d 341, 217 P. 3d 1172, 1174 (2009).