Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Yakima County

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

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

128 N 2nd Street
Room 117
Yakima, WA 98901

Phone: 509-574-1400
Fax: 509-574-1341
E-mail: AskYCAuditor@co.yakima.wa.us

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You can also submit your documents electronically.

The Yakima County Auditor’s Office accepts electronic documents from four commercial submitters. You can contact the following companies if you are interested in e-Recording:

eRecording Partners Network
Website
sales@erecordingpartners.net
Phone: 888-325-3365

CSC Erecording Solutions
https://www.erecording.com/
Phone: 866-652-0111

Simplifile
https://simplifile.com/
Phone: 800-460-5657

Indecomm Global Services
http://dmg.indecomm.net/
Phone: 651-415-9361

What is Yakima County's Recording Backlog?

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

Should I file my mechanics lien in Yakima County?

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

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

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

Formatting requirements for recorded documents as stated in RCW 36.18 and 65.04. All recorded documents are required to meet the document standardization requirements as follows and be original documents.

1. The first page of the document must include:
three-inch margin at the top and a one-inch margin on the sides and bottom
2. Return address
3. Title(s) of instrument(s)
4. Reference number of documents assigned or released
5. Names of grantors and grantees
6. Abbreviated legal description with lot, block, plat name or section, township, range and ¼, ¼
7. Assessor’s tax parcel number, if available

Additional pages require a one-inch margin on all sides:

1. All pages of the document must be on paper of a weight and color capable of producing a legible image. Grid paper or picture backgrounds are not acceptable.
2. Pages must not be larger than 8 ½ inches wide and 14 inches long.
3. The text of the documents must be printed in 8 point type (approximately 1/8 inch) or larger.
4. All documents must be prepared in an ink color capable of being imaged.
5. All seals must be legible and capable of being imaged. (showing name, expiration date and state of notary)
6. No attachment or notary acknowledgment may be taped, stapled or glued to the pages of a document.

An emergency recording is allowed if page 2 and any following pages do not meet the 1” formatting requirement as follows:

Subsection 1: Documents which must be recorded immediately and which do not meet margin and font size requirements may be recorded for an additional fee of fifty dollars. Documents, which do not meet legibility requirements, must NOT be recorded as a nonstandard recording.

Subsection 2: In addition to preparing a properly completed cover sheet as described in 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 documents.”

Documents that do not meet the requirements for the first page will need a cover sheet available from the County Auditor. Documents that do not meet all other requirements will be returned for reformatting before they can be recorded.

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

Pages must not be larger than 8 ½ inches wide and 14 inches long.

The text of the documents must be printed in 8 point type (approximately 1/8 inch) or larger.

The first page must have a three-inch margin at the top and a one-inch margin on the sides and bottom.

Additional pages require a one-inch margin on all sides.

How can I make payment to the Yakima County Recorder's Office?

The Yakima County Auditor’s Office accepts cash, check (made out to “Yakima County Auditor”), and debit/credit cards for payment. There
is a service fee of $1.50 or 2.35%, whichever is higher

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

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

Additional Recording Fees

Multiple Transaction documents: additional $103.50 per title
Emergency nonstandard recording fee: $50.00

Lien Fees

Lien or Release of Lien – prepared by State, County, City jurisdictions only: $39.00
Lien or Release of Lien – prepared by Federal jurisdictions only: $16.00

Copy Fees

Recorded documents: $1.00 per page
Certified copy: $3.00 for the first page
Each additional page: $1.00

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the Wakima County Auditor’s Office located at:

128 N 2nd Street
Room 117
Yakima, WA 98901

Phone: 509-574-1400
Fax: 509-574-1341
E-mail: AskYCAuditor@co.yakima.wa.us

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The office can provide photo copies and certified copies of recorded documents.

You can access photo copies online by paying a convenience search fee of $6.95 plus copy fees with your debit/credit card if you visit https://tapestry.fidlar.com/Tapestry2/

You can send a written request to:

Yakima County Auditor
Attn: Copy Request
PO Box 12570
Yakima WA 98909

Include the document’s Auditor File number if you have it, a return address and phone number where you can be reached if they have questions, and a check or money order made out to the “Yakima
County Auditor”.

Photo copies cost $1 per page.
Certified copies or each document cost $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.

You can come into the office Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm. There are public terminals in the Recording Department that you may access.

If you have more questions, please contact the office at (509) 574-1400

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