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Alameda County, California

Recorder Offices


Alameda County Clerk-Recorder

1106 Madison St, Oakland, California 94607

Mon-Fri 8:30 to 4:30 (avoid 12:00 to 2:00)

Phone: 510-272-6362 or 888-280-7708


Dublin Office

7600 Dublin Blvd, Suite 160 (enter through courtyard), Dublin, California 94568

Mon-Fri 8:30 to 4:30

Phone: as above


Register of Deeds

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California - Alameda County Recorder Information

The Clerk-Recorder is responsible for recording and maintaining real property records in Alameda County.

Recording Fees

Recording title, 1st page: $15.00
Each additional page: $3.00
Each additional title: $15.00
Each additional group of 10 names: $1.00 (after first ten)
Non-standard size document: $3.00 (per page of document, even if only one page exceeds standard size)

Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Fee*: $10.00
Survey Monument Fee: $10.00 (dependent upon type of transfer and legal description)
Missing Preliminary Change of Ownership Report (PCOR): $20.00

Documentary Transfer Tax: $0.55 per $500
City Real Property Transfer Tax (per $1,000):
Alameda & Emeryville - $12.00; Albany - $11.50; Berkeley & Oakland - $15.00; Hayward - $4.50; Piedmont - $13.00; San Leandro - $ 6.00.

Methods of Payment:
- Cash, Debit/ATM Card - In Person Only
- Credit cards are not accepted for in person and mail requests.
- Money Order, Cashier's or Traveler's Check
- Personal, Company or Bank Check (preprinted with account holder's name). Out of country payments must be in U.S. dollars.
All checks must be payable to Alameda County Clerk Recorder.
- Credit cards (Master Card or Visa) are ONLY accepted for online copy request of Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates, Fictitious Business Name Statements, and Official Public Records.

Call the recorder's office directly with questions.

*Documents subject to documentary transfer tax are exempt. The fee is due for the following document types: Abstract of Judgment, Affidavit, Amended Deed of Trust, Assignment Deed of Trust, Assignment of Lease, Assignment of Rents, Construction Trust Deed, Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, Declaration of Homestead, Deed of Trust, Easement, Lease, Lien, Lot Line Adjustment, Mechanic's Lien, Modification of Deed of Trust, Notice of Completion, Notice of Default, Notice of Rescission of Declaration of Default, Notice of Trustee's Sale, Quitclaim Deed, Reconveyance, Release, Request for Notice of Default, Subordination Agreement, Substitution of Trustee, Trustee's Deed Upon Sale, Uniform Commercial Code.

On January 1, 2018, California Senate Bill 2, a.k.a., the "Building Homes and Jobs Act," goes into effect and may increase recording fees for real estate instruments. The fee will address homelessness and housing shortages, and help to increase the rate of home ownership within the State by creating a Building Homes and Jobs Trust Fund to which the additional fee will be remitted.

Upon taking effect, the recorder's office will impose a fee of $75.00 to be paid when recording every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, per each single transaction per single parcel of real property, not to exceed $225.00.

Transfers subject to the documentary transfer tax as defined in Section 11911 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier are exempt from this fee.

If you have any questions about how the Building Homes and Jobs Act affects your recording fees, please speak with a clerk with the Recorder's Office or a licensed attorney within the state.


Document Formatting Requirements

The backside of a document page is considered an additional page. If any page of a document is not 8.5" x 11", then all pages of the document will be subject to a supplemental fee. Pages larger than 8.5" x 14" will not be accepted.

Each document submitted for recording shall have at least a 1/2" margin on each vertical side. In addition, the top 2.5" of the first page (from the left to the right edges), shall be reserved for document return and recording information. The left 3/5" of this space is used by the public to show the recording requestor's name and the name and address to which the document is to be returned following recording. The remaining portion of the space is for the Recorder's recording label.

In the event the first page or sheet of a document does not contain the above required space, a cover sheet must be attached to the front of the document. This page shall contain the requesting party information and shall reflect the title or titles of the document, and the cover sheet will be charged as an additional page.

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