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Understanding Your Tax Bill

Tax Bill Definitions and Descriptions

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Locating Your Property Identification Number (PIN)

How do I find the PIN?

  • Refer to your property deed; or
  • Refer to your closing documents from the purchase of your home; or
  • Review correspondence from the Clark County Assessor's Office or Treasurer's Office

If none of these are available for reference, you may go to the property tax information page and search for the PIN. Follow the steps listed below:

Go to and use the property identification number or the property address box, or if there is no address, use the maps online.

About Your Property Identification Number (PIN)

  1. What is a PIN?
  2. Why is the PIN Important?
  3. How can I be sure to pay on the right PIN?
  4. Can a PIN ever change?
  5. If my taxes are paid from my escrow, do I need to be aware of my PIN?
  6. Do I need my PIN for any other reason?

Knowing your PIN is important to protecting your money and the real estate that you own.  Property taxes may be paid by current or past owners, a title company, a mortgage company, a leaseholder, a cooperative, a tax buyer, or a combination of parties.  Unlike an account that is assigned to an individual or business, a PIN is assigned to the property.  The important information intended to help you understand the importance of your PIN.

1. What is a PIN?

A PIN stands for Property Identification Number. This unique 9-digit sequence number is assigned by the Clark County Assessor's Office to the legal description for each piece of real estate including vacant lots, parking spaces, and condominium common areas. The PIN is used for assessments, tax rate calculations, and tax collections.

2. Why is the PIN Important?

A PIN is to a property what a social security number is to a person. If you have your name placed on a tax bill for the wrong PIN and pay that wrong PIN, the taxes on the PIN you actually own are still delinquent. For that reason, the PIN is the key to making correct payments.

3. How can I be sure to pay on the right PIN?

A. Match the PIN on the tax bill to the PIN on your deed. This is very important when you: (1) pay off a mortgage and take over tax payments; or (2) refinance with a new company; or (3) have an attorney who handles your real-estate matters; or (4) have a tax accountant who is handling your taxes. If your deed contains only a legal description, the County Assessor's Office, which assigns PINS, can find the PIN.

4. Can a PIN ever change?

A. Yes. When a property is divided, each new parcel gains a new legal description resulting in a new PIN. Taxpayers should take care to make sure they have proper PIN's when paying taxes on new houses, townhouses, lofts, condo units, and, in some cases, parking spaces.

5. If my taxes are paid from my escrow, do I need to be aware of my PIN?

A. Absolutely. You need your PIN to verify that your mortgage company is making payment on time, in full, and on the right real estate.

6. Do I need my PIN for any other reason?

A. Yes. You need the PIN to request a duplicate tax bill from the Treasurer's Office or to call with any questions you may have about payments, assessments, appeals, exemptions, and tax rates.

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Clark County Treasurer's Office:
Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2252 | Fax: (360) 397-6042
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
Office Hours: 8-5 except Wednesday 9-5 | Phone Hours: 9-5
Responsible Elected Official: Doug Lasher

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