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Recorder Offices in Stanislaus County

Clerk - Recorder
1021 I Street, Suite 101 / P.O. Box 1008, Modesto, California 95354-0847
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Phone: (209) 525-5260
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Stanislaus County California Register of Deeds
Stanislaus County Recorder Information
The recorder in Stanislaus County is responsible for recording and maintaining records related to real property situated in the County.
Recording Fees
First page or title - $14.00
For each additional title per document - $14.00
For each additional page - $3.00

Fraud Fee - $3.00 (charged on most documents except no-fee documents, documents subject to transfer tax, such as a grant deed)

Documents that are not 8 1/2”x 11 page - $3.00
Indexing more than ten names - $1.00
Documents requiring additional indexing - $1.00
Penalty print - $1.00

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.

Documentary Transfer Tax - $0.55 per $500 Value

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.
Document Formatting Requirements
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. Printing should be single-sided.

• Documents should be on 8.5x11 inch white paper.

• 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.
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