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Skagit County Clerk: Melissa Beaton

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Announcements
Our lobby is open to the public

The Skagit County Clerk’s Office is firmly committed to helping protect the health and safety of the public we serve and our employees.  We are closely monitoring the changing situation, and complying with Public Health guidance.

Effective May 4, 2020, all members of the public and employees must wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while in the Clerk’s Office.

In short, we believe this is the right thing to do under the current circumstances.  Although some may disagree with this policy or question its effectiveness, we’re choosing to err on the side of safety.  The Clerk’s Office continues to operate during this crisis as an essential business, and our employees are on the front lines.  As part of a community, we believe this simple act of safety and courtesy is one we can undertake together.

If you are filing documents, you can mail them to us at the address above or, for more immediate filings, utilize email filing. Information about those services can be found here.

Information about Protection orders and forms may be found here.

Information about obtaining a passport can be found here.

If you have further questions, please email either Melissa Beaton or Kris Desmarais


Clerk's Office Mission:
To provide, preserve and protect an accurate, timely and complete public court record for all constituents - the public, courts, legal community and law enforcement.

The Skagit County Clerk and Ex Officio Clerk of the Superior Court is one of several independent elected officials provided by the Washington State Constitution with specific and special duties assigned by statute, as well as local and state court rules. The three branches of county government are Executive, Judicial and Legislative. The County Clerk is an Executive Branch position and is the administrative and financial officer of Superior Court.

Specific Functions of the County Clerk Include:

Administrator of Court Records and Exhibits: The Clerk receives, processes and permanently preserves all documents presented in a Superior Court cause of action. These records include filings and documents within the following case types: Adult Felony, Civil, Domestic, Probate, Guardianship, Paternity, Adoption, Involuntary Commitment, Truancy, Children at Risk, Children in Need of Services, Dependency and Juvenile Offender.

Financial Officer of the Court: The Clerk collects statutory fees, fines, victim restitution and trust funds. The trust account for monies received is maintained by the Clerk and disbursed upon court order.

Quasi-judicial Officer: The Clerk exercises quasi judicial functions (to exercise discretion of a judicial nature) for the issuance of writs, subpoenas, warrants of arrest, letters testamentary and other court related orders.

Ex Officio Clerk of the Court: Under the Constitution of the State of Washington the Clerk has the title of "ex officio clerk of the court". This requires the Clerk's presence at all court sessions for the purpose of establishing an independent record of each hearing called "Minutes" which are available to the public. The Clerk must also be present at every court hearing or trial to receive and keep a record of all exhibits (evidence) entered by the parties.


Skagit County Clerk

205 W Kincaid, Room 103
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Phone: (360) 416-1800

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Passport Acceptance Hours:   8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Email: supcrtclerk@co.skagit.wa.us

The Clerk's Office does not have a FAX number and does not accept FAX filings.