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Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder
555 Escobar St / PO Box 350 , Martinez, California 94553
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday
Phone: (925) 335-7910

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Contra Costa County California Register of Deeds

Contra Costa County Recorder Information

The County Clerk/Recorder is responsible for recording and maintaining real property records in Contra Costa County.

Recording Fees

First Page: $14; $3 for each additional page.

Add $3 if the document is one of the following:
assignment deed of trust, deed of trust, notice of default, reconveyance, request for notice of default, substitution of trustee, notice of trustee sale, or rescission of notice of default.

Combined documents: $14 per title.

Non-standard page: $3 per page.

Multiple reference: $1 for each.

Each group of 10 names or functional proportion thereof: $1 after first group of 10 names.

Release of state, city or county liens: $15

Survey Monument Preservation Fund: $10 (due only on grant deeds showing other than a complete lot and tract legal description)

Documentary transfer tax of $.55 per $500 may be due, as well as city real property transfer tax.

A missing preliminary change of ownership report triggers a $20 fee.

The Clerk Recorder accepts cash, check, credit, or debit cards as a form of payment. Credit and debit transactions are subject to a service fee of up to $6.

County recording fees are subject to change without notice. For the most current fees and further information, contact the local recorder directly.
Document Formatting Requirements
To allow space for the recording label and to avoid extra fees, the top 2.5” of the first page (from the left to the right edges) must be left blank and the documents must have at least a 1.5” margin on each vertical side.

The top left 3x5” must show the name of the person requesting the recording and a return name and address. The remaining portion of the space is for the recording label.

For documents that are not 8.5" x 11", each page will be subject to an additional fee of $3. Pages larger than 8.5" x 14" will not be accepted.

The Clerk Recorder offices will not provide document forms and will not assist in the preparation of forms.

In order to meet the legibility requirements, your documents will have to scan properly on the high speed digital scanners used by Contra Costa County.

Do not use highlighter pens or bold type; instead, underline important information.

Use only blue or black ink and a standard font (Times New Roman or Arial) size 9 or larger.

Documents that have been printed on a laser printer will scan better than documents printed on an ink jet printer.
Contra Costa County Forum Topics
Topic Title Started By Comments

Deed Bonnie 3

Reconveyance forms Kathleen McVey 2


deed for 2nd house jennifer 4

what form of transfer should we use? cindy waters 1

Splitting up the house during divorce Adam Atkinson 1

Legal Seperation & Quit Claims Ann Valencia 0

Quitclaim deed transfer LEL 2

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