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Island County Recording Office

Recording Department​

 
Official public records of all real estate documents, deeds and titles transacted in Island County are maintained and indexed in the Auditor's Recording Department.  This department is also the repository for the official minutes of all Board of County Commissioners' meetings and other official county records, maintaining historical documents dating to 1853 when Island County was formed.

Why record a document?

Recording a document makes the document or transaction part of the public record.  In the case of real estate transactions, this information may be used by title companies in their reports to potential buyers of property.

 
Other legal relationships become public record:  marriages, mortgages, liens, oaths of office and appointments to commissions.

 

What happens to a recorded document?

​A document brought to the Auditor's Office to record is assigned an Auditor's file number. The date and time of recording are stamped onto the document.

 
If the recording is related to real estate, there is a review to see if any excise taxes are due.  The recording is checked for correct formatting and then scanned.

 
After scanning, the document is indexed in order to facilitate retrieval.  A record of the names of the grantor and trantee and the date of recording are used for indexing.

 
When the scanning is complete and checked for quality, the document recorded is returned to the person who brought it in, or the person specified by them.​​

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