Recorder Offices in Imperial County

County Administration Center
940 West Main Street, Suite 202, El Centro, California 92243
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 760-482-4272. Recorder: 442-265-1077
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Imperial County Recorder of Deeds
Imperial County Recorder Information
The recorder in Imperial County is responsible for recording and maintaining records related to real property situated in the County.
Recording Fees
$14.00-FIRST DOCUMENT PAGE exactly 8 ½” x 11”
$10.00-Real Estate Fraud Fee
$ 3.00-Additional pages exactly 8 ½” x 11”
$ 3.00-Penalty fee per page; applies to all pages of document if any one page is not exactly 8 ½” x 11”; any page larger than 8 ½” x 14” is not accepted
$ 1.00-Penalty print (per page with small print)
$ 1.00-Conformed Copies

$14.00-Each document (fee per title)
$ 1.00-Each recording reference requiring additional indexing
$ 1.00-For every group of 10 names or fraction thereof

$20.00-Penalty fee for missing Preliminary Change of Ownership Report

Documentary Transfer Tax: 55 cents for each $500.00 or fraction thereof for value or consideration

Call the recorder's office at (442) 265-1077 with questions.
Document Formatting Requirements
The Recorder’s Office is responsible for the recording of deeds, mortgages, leases, and other instruments affecting title to real property located in Imperial County.

The recording act in California is a race-notice act. A later buyer who pays fair value, does not have notice that there were any earlier conflicting interests, and records first, wins and will have priority over any later recordings.

• Submit an original document that has been signed and acknowledged in front of a notary public. A California all-purpose acknowledgment is needed for real property documents.

• The entire document must be sufficiently legible to produce a readable photographic copy. Black ink with a font size of at least 10 point should be used to ensure legibility and to avoid penalty print charges.

• Documents should be on 8.5x11 inch white paper. Printing should be single-sided.

• On the first page, a 2.5 inch top margin should be provided. The left 3.5 inches of this space should include the name of the party requesting the recording, as well as a return address where the document should be returned after recording.

• Side margins should be at least ½ an inch. Top and bottom margins should be a minimum of 1 inch.

• Directly below the 2.5 inch top margin on the first page, the title of the document should be given. The recorder is required to index only the title (or titles) listed in this space. Additional titles may be identified and indexed at the discretion of the recorder.

• Corresponding names should be typed or written beneath signatures in the document.

• Across the bottom of the first page, include the name and return address of the person or entity to where future tax statements should be mailed.

• A document that modifies, cancels, or releases the provisions of a previous document of record requires a recording reference.

• If an entire instrument or part of an instrument is in a language other than English, it will not be accepted unless it is accompanied by an English translation. The translation must be performed by a certified or registered court interpreter or by an accredited translator registered with the American Translators Association. The translation must be accompanied by a notarized declaration.

• If the document effects or evidences a transfer or encumbrance of an interest in real property, the name or names in which the interest appears of record, shall show the name(s) of the assessed owners as they appear on the latest secured assessment roll.

• If the document releases or terminates any interest, right, or encumbrance, it shall contain the names of the persons and entities owning the title or interest being relieved by the document, or the names of the owners of that title or interest as they appeared at the time and in the document creating the right, interest, or encumbrance.

A Preliminary Change of Ownership Report is required to be submitted with each document that changes title to real property. Questions regarding this form should be directed to the assessor’s office.

Documents that transfer title are subject to payment of the documentary transfer tax on the value of the property transferred or on the amount paid for the property being purchased.

If the document is exempt from transfer taxes, a statement and/or appropriate Revenue and Taxation code should be stated on the face of the exempt document. For a list of exemptions, visit the Imperial County Recorder’s webpage.
We may be able to e-record your deed documents in Imperial County, Click Here for more information.
Imperial County Real Estate Deed Forms

Quit Claim Deed Form
Warranty Deed Form
Special Warranty Deed Form
Grant Deed Form
Interspousal Transfer Grant Deed Form
Grant Deed for Life Estate Form
Easement Deed Form
Affidavit Death of Joint Tenant Form
Short Form Deed of Trust Form
Long Form Deed of Trust Form
Short Form Deed of Trust with Assignments of Rents Form
Substitution of Trustee and Full Reconveyance Form
Deed of Full Reconveyance Form
Disclaimer of Interest Form
Correction Deed Form
Supplemental Documents

Preliminary Change of Ownership
Parent to Child Exclusion
Grandparent to Grandchild Exclusion
Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner
Affidavit of Cotenant Residency
Transfer Tax
Homeowners Exemption
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