The County Auditor is the custodian of all recorded documents, including, but not limited to
- Marriage Licenses
The significance of recording a document is to give notice of the subject matter of the document to the public.
Once recorded, a document becomes part of the official records of Yakima County and is considered a permanent record. The Auditor's responsibility includes:
- Receipt of the document and related recording fees
- Indexing of the document and maintenance of the document in order to provide research
- Copying capabilities from the recording date forward
Currently, an optical imaging system is utilized to index, scan and store the image of each document that is recorded. The scanned image of each document is retrievable for viewing and copying of the full document. Documents recorded from mid-February 1997 to date are imaged. Documents recorded prior to February 1997 are retrievable on microfilm.
You can browse the archival records housed at the Central Regional Branch from Yakima County Government and from select Municipal Governments located in Yakima County.
Property Fraud Alert
According to the FBI, Property and Mortgage Fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime. It can be as simple as someone recording a fraudulent document in the County Land Records offices making it look like they now own your home or property.
To address these concerns, your Land Records office has teamed up to create a notification service that will help you combat the effect of Land fraud and other similar fraudulent activities.