Recording Department

The County Auditor is the custodian of all recorded documents including, but not limited to, deeds, mortgages, judgments, liens, plats, surveys, etc. The delightful task of issuing marriage licenses also falls to the Recording Department.

Recording a document serves to give public notice of the document's subject matter. Once recorded, a document becomes part of the official records of Chelan County and is considered permanent record that cannot be unrecorded.

The Recording Department's task is to provide a means for the public to view recorded documents. Toward this end we record only those documents that meet state recording guidelines, work to facilitate document retrieval by maintaining an accurate index to the documents, and provide the equipment and assistance necessary to aid the public in viewing and copying document images.


County Users of OnCore Recorded Document Search

We are pleased to announce that on December 3rd, we will be upgrading our Recording system software to Acclaim by Harris Recording. Those of you who use the online search for Auditor recorded documents will notice a different look and feel. The basic searches are just the same, though. In fact, the upgrade to Acclaim will give us better tools for doing a text search.

You can preview the look by viewing the Douglas County Auditor Search. It’s not exactly like ours, but it should give you an idea of what your search options will look like.

Note about shortcuts and favorites: If you currently use a shortcut or ‘favorites’ to access OnCore Web, you will need to create a new shortcut/favorite for Acclaim Web. On or after December 3rd, access Acclaim search via the county website (Online Services menu à Recording – Document Search), then save a new shortcut/favorite once you get arrive at the Acclaim search page.

There are no training sessions planned, as most of our customer base is already familiar with the Douglas County search.  We apologize in advance for inflicting ‘learning opportunity’ upon you, and we are here to support you in your efforts to adapt to Acclaim.

See full press release.