Documents recorded by the auditor include, but are not limited to, deeds, real estate
contracts, liens and other written instruments which are required by law to be filed
in the county. The records become public upon filing and are indexed accordingly.
The recorded document is given a unique filing number for ease of retrieval. Many
requests are handled by the auditor for copies of various instruments. These requests
are handled expeditiously with the use of optical imaging and digital scanning equipment.
You may request copies of recorded documents: $1.00 per page for regular copies,
additional $2.00 to certify any copies of documents. We will only certify a document
in its entirety.When certified by the auditor, these documents are admissible in
courts of law.
Records Search: Legal descriptions can be lengthy. Due to this, and to minimize
the possibility of error, we do not provide legal descriptions over the phone. To
obtain a copy of a legal description or any document recorded in the Auditor's Office,
you can either come into our office, or make a request in writing. If you would like us
to do a search, there is an $8.00 per hour/per name search fee, with a minimum one
hour. We will not do any Tax Lien searches over the phone.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Requirements for recording documents as of 1/1/97
1st page requires a three inch margin at the top and a one inch margin at left,
right, and bottom. Subsequent pages require a one inch margin on all sides. The
purpose of the margins is to allow application of recording information and to assure
proper scanning of all portions of a document.
- EACH page of the document shall be no larger than 14 inches long and 8 1/2 inches
- TEXT shall be typed, printed or written in 8 point type or larger.
- SEALS must be capable of being scanned or microfilmed by being stamped or darkened
and they may NOT be in the 1 inch margin. Seals that bleed-through and obscure the
document will be rejected.
- ATTACHMENTS affixed to pages will not be allowed. This includes any page or portions
of a page that are taped or stapled to another page.
- ALL pages which contain printing will be considered a page of the document and recorded
as such. If a printed page should not be recorded with the document, it should not
be included with the document.
- All text, seals, drawings, signatures or other content within the document must
be legible and capable of producing a readable image, regardless of what process
is used for recording.
1st Page or Cover Page
Recorder's Indexing Form 428
- COVER PAGES may be used if the 1st page of a document does not conform to state
standards but an additional page fee will be collected. The cover sheet must be
completed by the person or firm recording the document.
- RETURN ADDRESS Person or firm and address to which the document is to be returned.
- DOCUMENT TITLE Indicate the document title. This includes any titles for multiple
transaction documents. Indexing criteria will rely on information provided by the
person or firm recording the document as indicated on the 1st or cover page.
- REFERENCE NUMBERS TO OTHER DOCUMENTS Indicate document numbers to which the document
- GRANTORS AND GRANTEES Names of grantors and grantees for each type of document.
Indexing criteria will rely on information provided by the person or firm recording
the document as indicated on the 1st or cover page.
- LEGAL DESCRIPTION Abbreviated legal description. Section/township/range and quarter/quarter
section or Lot, block and subdivision.
- COUNTY ASSESSOR'S TAX PARCEL NUMBER
IF ANY PAGE OF A DOCUMENT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE STATE STANDARDS, THE DOCUMENT
WILL BE REJECTED FOR NON-COMPLIANCE AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNTIL ALL PAGES COMPLY
WITH STATE STANDARDS OR IF THE DOCUMENT MUST BE RECORDED IMMEDIATELY AND
DOES NOT MEET STATE REQUIREMENTS, IT MAY BE RECORDED FOR AN ADDITIONAL $50.00.
DOCUMENTS WHICH DO NOT MEET LEGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MUST NOT BE RECORDED AS A NONSTANDARD
RECORDING. IN ADDITION TO PREPARING A PROPERLY COMPLETED COVER SHEET, (RCW 65.04.047),
THE PERSON PREPARING THE DOCUMENT FOR RECORDING MUST SIGN A STATEMENT WHICH MUST
BE ATTACHED TO THE DOCUMENT AND WHICH MUST READ SUBSTANTIALLY AS FOLLOWS: "I AM
REQUESTING AN EMERGENCY NONSTANDARD 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 PART OF THE TEXT OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT." (RCW 65.04.048)
Birth and Death Records
The Kittitas County Auditor has birth and death records for Kittitas County only
from 1891 to 1907.
You may obtain records for different years as follows:
Marriage License General Information
Marriages may be solemnized anywhere within the State of Washington by justices
of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, superior court judges, district
court judges (judges of courts of limited jurisdiction), any regularly licensed
or ordained minister or priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any church or religious
- No witnesses or blood test is required to obtain a marriage license.
- Marriage license is not valid for three (3) days from date of issue. For example,
if the application is made on Monday, the first day it can be used is Thursday.
The three (3)day waiting period cannot be waived under any circumstance including
- Marriage license is void if not solemnized within 60 days of valid date.
- Both parties must sign the application before a notary public
or deputy auditor. The marriage license will be given to the parties upon application.
Obtaining a Marriage License in Kittitas County
You may obtain a marriage license from the Kittitas County Auditor, Monday through
Friday, 9am to 5pm. Licenses will not be issued on Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays.
Kittitas County Auditor
205 W 5th Suite 105
Ellensburg WA 98926
(509) 962- 7504
- includes 1 Certified Copy
Applying by Mail
If you wish to apply by mail, please contact our office early enough to be able
to submit the application at least 30 days prior to the ceremony to ensure sufficient
processing and return mail time. Please include a contact name, address and phone
number where you may be reached if necessary. Use black ink to complete forms.
- Legal age for both applicants is 18 years old.
- If either applicant is 17 Years Old
One parent or legal guardian must accompany the underage applicant and sign the
marriage application form granting consent. Parent must have authority to consent
to marriage. Legal guardians must provide original or a certified copy of the legal
- 16 Years Old or Younger
Applicants must have a Waiver for Underage Marriage signed by a Superior Court Judge
and must have parental consent.
Obtaining an Existing Marriage License
The Auditor’s office has marriage records starting from 1884 to the present.
To obtain copies, you may come into the office or you may request, in writing, office
personnel search the records for you. Please include an $8.00 search fee if you
submit a search request. Copies may be purchased: $1.00 for a regular copy, $3.00
for a certified copy.