Snohomish County has recently updated its public records policy, procedures, and has adopted a new fee schedule. Please see the links below for updated documents.
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.
How to obtain Commonly Requested Records
Many commonly requested records can be obtained without submitting a public records request.
Examples of such records include:
- court records
- birth or death records (Health District)
- marriage certificates
- property records (permits, deeds, easements, liens, etc.)
- traffic collision reports
- name change records
For a more complete list, and to find information on how to obtain these records, please review our List of Commonly Requested Records.
How to file a Public Records Request
Snohomish County provides all other public records in compliance with all applicable laws. When making your request please be as specific as possible so we can conduct a thorough and accurate search. For more information on the records held by each department, please review the Department Descriptions.
To submit a public records request, please use the Public Request Portal.
If you have questions about how we process public records requests, please see our FAQs, policies and procedures below, or contact us via the information to the right.
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, 730P.2d 54 (1986) and City of Federal Way v. Koenig, 16 Wn. 2d 341, 217 P. 3d1172, 1174 (2009).