503.988.3326 option 4
dartcs@multco.us

What records can I access?

What records are not available through this office?

Standard Reports

Public Record Requests


Accessing Documents and Purchasing Copies of Recorded Documents

Available Documents can be researched:

  1. By Mail
  2. In Person

1.  Requesting documents by Mail

Fill out a  Recorded Document Request Form (128.88 KB) and mail it to:

Multnomah County Recorder
PO Box 5007
Portland, OR 97208-5007

You will need to provide:
  • document type
  • document number (or book and page) - if not known, additional information may be required
  • year of recording.
  • full name on document

Fees for mailing in a request are:

  • Standard Copies: $4 for the first page, 25 cents for each extra page (per document).
  • Certified Copies: $7.75 for the first page, 25 cents for each extra page (per document).

For mailed orders, we accept checks and certified funds (money order or cashier's check).

  • Make checks payable to Multnomah County Recorder
  • All funds must be in US dollars.

2.  Researching records in person?

click button to schedule appointmentYou can make an appointment for your visit or just walk in.

  1. Research time is limited to one hour per person per day.
  2. When planning your visit, please contact our office and confirm that the records you need are available.
  3. Parking is very limited at the Multnomah Building.  Please review our parking and transportation suggestions.
  4. If you arrive late for your appointment, you may need to reschedule for another date.

The Multnomah County Assessment, Recording, and Taxation Customer Service office is located at:

501 SE Hawthorne Blvd #175
Portland OR 97214

Office hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. 

Terminals in our Public Research area have the following documents:

  • Recorded Documents (1955 - Current)
  • Deed Index (1855 - Current)
  • Marriage Index (1924-1979)
Fees for printing from the public terminals are:
  • Standard Copies: 25 cents per page.
  • Certified Copies: $4 for the first page, 25 cents for each extra page (per document).

We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards (fees apply) and certified funds (money order or cashier’s check).

  • A convenience charge of 2.35% applies for credit card orders.  Debit card orders incur a flat fee of $3.50.
  • Make checks payable to Multnomah County Recorder

What if the document I want isn’t available online?

If the document you want is not online, bring your  Recorded Document Request Form (128.88 KB) to our counter.  

You will need to provide:

  • document type
  • document number (or book and page) - if not known, additional information may be required
  • year of recording
  • full name on document

Requests are usually completed and mailed within 5 business days.

Fees for requesting documents at the counter are:
  • Standard Copies: $4 for the first page, 25 cents for each extra page (per document).
  • Certified Copies: $7.75 for the first page, 25 cents for each extra page (per document).

We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards (fees apply) and certified funds (money order or cashier’s check).

  • A convenience charge of 2.35% applies for credit card orders.  Debit card orders incur a flat fee of $3.50.
  • Make checks payable to Multnomah County Recorder

How do I get a copy of my military discharge (DD-214)?

If you recorded your military discharge form (DD-214) with Multnomah County, mail us a completed, notarized request form.

All DD-214's can be requested through the National Archives.


Can I get lien information over the phone?

No. Liens can be researched for free at the terminals in our Customer Service Lobby.  Subscribers can search the lien index online through our Digital Research Room.

What tax records are available for my property?

Tax Bills (Copies of actual tax statements) 1988 - Current
  • Tax Rolls (Certified tax, value and appraisal information) 1942 - 2010
  • Characteristic Cards (Full appraisal information and values) 1991 - Current
  • Block Books (Name of Owner and Value of property) 1907 - 1942

Are these tax records online?

Some. You can find recent property information by visiting Multnomah County’s property tax website. The website contains recent property values, property characteristics and copies of current fall tax bills. Click on the Guest Login button and enter a property tax account number or the property address.

How do I get older information?

Either mail or email a Recorded Document Request Form:

Multnomah County Assessor Records Request
PO BOX 2716
Portland, OR 97208

dartcs@multco.us  

After we receive your request, we will determine how long it will take to complete the work and any fees that are associated.  We charge $60 per hour for any requests taking more than 15 minutes. We charge the research fee in 15 minute increments, so a request taking a half hour would cost $30.

You must mail in a payment before we can complete your request. We are unable to take any payments online or over the phone.

If you have any questions about what records you need, you can live chat, email or call our office so we can help you with your request.  

We complete most requests within 5 business days. Some requests, depending on size and staffing levels, may take longer to complete.

Marriage records

We maintain all marriage licenses issued by Multnomah County, going to back to 1855.

How do I get a copy of a marriage license?

  • Mail in the Certified Copy Request Form. Once received, we process requests within 1-2 business days. Payments must be in US dollars.click button to schedule appointment
  • Pick up in our office.  You can make an appointment for your visit or just walk-in.
    • When planning your visit, please call and verify that your license has been received.
    • Parking is very limited at the Multnomah Building.  Please review our parking and transportation suggestions.
    • If you arrive late for your appointment, you may need to reschedule for another date.
    • The first copy costs $7.75.  Additional copies, ordered at the same time, cost $4.00 each.
    • We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards, and certified funds (money orders and cashier's checks).
      • Make checks payable to Multnomah County Recorder
      • A convenience charge of 2.35% applies for credit card orders.  Debit card orders incur a flat fee of $3.50.

The Multnomah County Assessment, Recording, and Taxation Customer Service office is located at:

501 SE Hawthorne Blvd #175
Portland OR 97214

Office hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. 


What if I want to research marriage records?

Our marriage index from 1924 to 1979 is available on terminals in our Public Research Area.

For records before 1924, please see our counter staff for assistance.

You can make an appointment or just walk in.

click button to schedule appointment

  • Parking is very limited at the Multnomah Building.  Please review our parking and transportation suggestions.
  • If you arrive late for your appointment, you may need to reschedule for another date.

Need more help?

You can find more information about records with these sites:

Multnomah County Archives

Locating Other Records

Oregon State Archives


DART Standard Reports

Review our  Standard Report Descriptions (369.48 KB) and  Data Request Memo (65.93 KB) for more information and instructions.


Requesting A Public Record

Under Oregon’s Public Records law (ORS 192), individuals, organizations, agencies, and businesses may request that Multnomah County provide copies or access to written documents and materials.  The request must:

  • Be in writing.
  • Include contact information.
  • Clearly state what records are sought.

Please be advised there may be a fee to cover staff time researching and retrieving the documents. You will be notified of any estimated fee and cost in advance.  Payment is required before the County will produce the records. The fee may be reduced or waived if it is determined it is in the interest of the public.

Contact:  Larry Steele, Larry.A.Steele@multco.us, 503.988.7886

Mail:
Multnomah County DART Public Records Request
Attn Larry Steele
PO Box 2716
Portland OR 97208-2716