Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Kitsap County

Where is the Kitsap County Recorder's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office located at:

614 Division St, MS-31
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Phone: 360.337.4935
Fax: 360-337-4645
Office Hours:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

You can also submit your documents electronically.

The Kitsap County Auditor is currently collaborating with the following companies to make it even easier for you to record your documents:

​Corporation Service Company
eRecording@cscglobal.com
1-866-652-0111

​eRecording Partners Network
Ben Sherman
1-888-325-3365

​Indecomm Global Services
efile@indecomm.net
1-877-272-5250

​Simplifile (currently the only company that can e-record documents that require a treasurer excise tax stamp)
Josh Holmes
800-460-5657 x1034

If you have further questions about e-Recording your documents you can send an email at AuditorRecLic@co.kitsap.wa.us

What is Kitsap County's Recording Backlog?

The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should I file my mechanics lien in Kitsap County?

If your construction project is located in Kitsap County, then yes, you should file your lien here.

What are Kitsap County's requirements for recording a mechanics lien?

The Kitsap County Auditor’s recording requirements are as follows:

Page Format

Paper size: no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″, no larger than 8.5″ x 14″.
Font size: 8-point Courier or larger.
First page: 3″ top margin and 1″ margin on all other sides.
Subsequent pages: 1″ margin on all sides

Documents that do not meet margin and font size requirements must have a signed “nonstandard” recording cover sheet. Include an additional fee of $50 per RCW 65.04.48.

Legibility
All document text, seals drawings, signatures, etc. must be legible and capable of producing a readable image.

Document First Page – Information Required

A cover sheet may be used as a first page to list the required information.

Return address: Top left corner within the 3-inch margin.
Document title: Just below the 3-inch margin
Name of grantor(s): First, middle, and last name.
Name of grantee(s): First, middle, and last name.
Reference Auditor’s file number(s) (if applicable):
Documents assigned or released
Previously recorded document(s)

Abbreviated legal description of real property (if applicable):
Quarter, quarter, section, township, range; or
Plat name, lot and/or block number; or
Short plat or large lot name or number, lot number and Auditor’s file number

Example 1: SP 5423 Lt 4 AFN 200305210153
Example 2: LL 4224 Lt 253 AFN 20030630165

Assessor tax parcel number of real property (if applicable):

Example 1: 4113-004-002-0006
Example 2: 262301-2-039-2009

Listed separately from other text or the legal description

Documents May Not Contain:

Staples or tape
Social Security Numbers
Date of birth identified with a particular person
The maiden name of a person’s parent that could identify a particular person

*Documents that do not meet these requirements will be returned without being recorded, according to state law under the Revised Code of Washington, RCW 65.04.

What are the margin & page size requirements to file a lien in Kitsap County?

Paper size must be no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″, no larger than 8.5″ x 14″.

Font size must be 8-point Courier or larger.

The first page must have a 3″ top margin and 1″ margin on all other sides.

Subsequent pages must have a 1″ margin on all sides.

The Return address must be on top left corner within the 3-inch margin.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in Kitsap County?

The Kitsap County Auditor’s recording fee is $103.50 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

​Emergency Recording on a Nonstandard Form: $50.00
Each additional Transaction Title: $103.50

Lien Fees

Federal Tax Lien: $18.00
​Release of Federal Tax Lien: $18.00
​Lien or Lien Release from State, County or City (governing agency): $39.00

Copy Fees

​Non-Certified Copies: $1.00
Certified Copies: $3.00
Each additional Page: $1.00

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from the Kitsap County Recorder's Office?

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person, online or by mail.

In Person

You can visit the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office located at:

614 Division St, MS-31
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Phone: 360.337.4935
Fax: 360-337-4645
Office Hours:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Online

You can search Kitsap County Auditor’s index of recorded documents from January, 1987 to the present online at:
http://kcwaimg.co.kitsap.wa.us/recorder/web/

Note that the images that are contained on this web site have not been certified as being true and correct copies of the instruments filed and recorded with the Kitsap County Auditor.

You can also search and order documents online at:
https://www.clerkepass.com/cpsSelectState.aspx

ClerkePass allows you to electronically send and receive certified or non-certified documents with digital certificate encryption.

By mail

Mail a Copy Request (Mail-in Form) with the correct copy fee to:

Kitsap County Auditor

Recording Division
614 Division St MS-31
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Copy fees are as follows:

Non-Certified Copies: $1.00
Certified Copies: $3.00
Each additional Page: $1.00

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