The county recorder maintains and provides public access to a permanent archive of recorded documents. The recorder is responsible for examination and recording of all documents presented to this office that deal with establishing ownership of land in the county or as required by law.
Under California law, employees in the Recorder's Office are not allowed to give legal advice, cannot advise which forms are needed, nor advise how to fill them out.
Effective January 1, 2008, Section 1798.89 of the Civil Code was added to read: "Unless otherwise required to do so by state or federal law, no person, entity, or government agency shall present for recording or filing with a county recorder a document that is required by any provision of law to be open to the public if that record displays more than the last four digits of a Social Security number."
Senate Bill 1050
Notaries Public: Verification of Identity Notice
This bill amends Sections 1189 and 1195 of the Civil Code, and Section 8202 of the Government Code relating to notaries public. Effective January 1, 2015, all documents will require a legible notice to be included in in an enclosed box, specified, stating that the acknowledgment, proof of execution, or jurat verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which the acknowledgment, proof of execution, or jurat is attached, and not to the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of the document.
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Effective February 2012, recording fees have increased to $14 for the first page and $3 for each additional page of the same document. Copies of official records are a $1.00 per page.
- Basic Recording Requirements
- Real Property Recording Fees
- Recorder Forms
- Military Discharge Application
Real property records dating back to 1850 can be found alphabetically by names of parties identified on the documents. Records are open to the public during regular office hours.