Recorder Offices in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County
70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, California 95110-1768
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Phone: (408) 299-2481
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Santa Clara County Recorder of Deeds
Santa Clara County Recorder Information
The recorder in Santa Clara County is responsible for recording and maintaining records related to real property situated in the County.
Recording Fees
$15.00-First page - standard size 8.5" x 11" (Govt. Code 27361 et seq.)
$ 3.00-Each additional page (Each printed side of a sheet is counted as one page.)
$ 3.00Non-standard size document penalty (for every page of a document containing a page which is NOT 8.5" x 11") Maximum sheet size is 8.5" x 14" (Govt. Code 27361 & 27361.5)
$10.00-Real estate fraud fee per instrument (Govt. Code 27388)
$ 1.00-Penalty print (More than 9 lines per vertical inch or 22 characters per horizontal inch), per page

$ 1.00-Documents referring to previously recorded documents (Govt. Code 27361.2). Each reference to a previously recorded document other than the first reference
$ 1.00-Documents requiring additional indexing: Each group of 10 names or fractional portion thereof after the initial group of 10 names
$15.00-Combined documents

$20.00-Recording of a document evidencing a change of ownership without concurrent filing of a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report (Revenue & Taxation Code 480.3)

$10.00-Survey Monument Preservation Fund (Santa Clara County Ord. A-14) A fee of $10.00 is charged if the property description on a Grant Deed refers to
* A portion of a lot created by a recorded Tract Map
* A lot or parcel created by recording of a Survey Map or Parcel Map
* U. S. Government Survey (Township and Range)
* Metes and Bounds
* Street Address

County Transfer Tax:
Property transfers anywhere in the county $0.55 per $500.00 (computed on equity or full value of transfer)
Conveyance Tax:
Property transfers within the cities of San Jose, Mountain View, and Palo Alto $1.65 per $500.00
(computed on full value)
Document Formatting Requirements
By recording a real estate deed document, the document becomes part of the public records of the Santa Clara County Recorder. Many types of documents are recorded to provide the public with notice of chain of title or other interest in real property. You may only record documents that are authorized or required by law to be recorded.

In order for a real estate deed document to be recorded, the document must:

Be a document that is authorized or required by law to be recorded.

Meet statutory requirements for that document.

Have original signatures or be a certified copy from the court or other government agency.

Have a 2 1/2" top margin on the first page.

Contain the name and return address in the upper left corner of the first page (or cover page).

List the title (or titles) of your document on the first page.

Not have any page with dimensions larger than 8 1/2" by 14".

Note that the standard size for a recorded page is 8 1/2" by 11". Any page that is not standard size (and still does not exceed the 8 1/2" by 14" maximum) triggers a page size penalty, which is applied to ALL pages of the document. Any page that is larger than 8 1/2" by 14" is NOT accepted at all.
We may be able to e-record your deed documents in Santa Clara County, Click Here for more information.
Santa Clara 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
Notification of Death Of Real Property Owner “DEATH STATEMENT”
Transfer Tax
Transfer Tax Rates
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