Recorded documents are available for public inspection and copying. Many documents recorded since July 1976 can be found online. The complete recorded document library features records back to the County's inception in 1860s. Detailed below are a number of options available for searching recorded documents. For other county records, please visit the County's records page.
Online records search
Snohomish County makes available online watermarked versions of most documents recorded since July 1976. Document types that may contain personal sensitive information such social security numbers may display indexed information only and not an image of the recorded document. Non-watermarked and/or certified copies of any recorded document can be obtain for a fee through the Recording Division (see the following In Person, By Phone and By Mail Record Search descriptions).
Online Records Search (Preferred browser is Internet Explorer)
In person records search
All records except those exempt from public inspection (i.e. military discharge papers) can be viewed in person in the Public Records area of the Snohomish County Customer Service Center, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett located on the first floor of the Robert J. Drewel Building. Records since July 6, 1984 are available on public computer terminals and records prior to July 6, 1984 are viewable on microfilm readers. Recording staff are available to assist customers with their searches and to take payment for copies.
By phone records search
If you want the recording staff to conduct a search of recorded documents for you, you can submit a request by phone. Staff will take your request, perform the records search and then contact you to pay for copies using a credit card. A search fee of $8/hour may be charged for requests pertaining to documents recorded prior to 1976 or when significant staff time is required.
By mail records search
You may submit a request for copies of recorded documents by mail. Complete a Records Search By Mail (PDF) form and submit it with exact payment to the Snohomish County Auditor's Office, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, M/S 204, Everett, WA 98201. A search fee of $8/hour may be charged for requests pertaining to documents recorded prior to 1976 or when significant staff time is required. If you are unsure of the exact amount, a check for a "not to exceed" amount may be submitted. The Recording Division is unable to provide change for by mail records searches.