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Fresno County, California

Recorder Offices


Fresno County Recorder

2281 Tulare St, Rm 302 / PO Box 766, Fresno, California 93721-2137

8:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F

Phone: (559) 600-3471


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California - Fresno County Recorder Information

The recorder is responsible for recording and maintaining real property records in Fresno County.

Recording Fees

$19.00 - first page of each document
$11.00 - first page of each Deed that contains Transfer Tax
$3.00 - each additional page
$1.00 - each page containing penalty print
$19.00 - each additional title on multiple titled document
$1.00 - each reference to a previously recorded document|
$1.00 - indexing of more than 10 names. Each group of 10 names or fraction thereof.
$17.00 - release of lien by a government agency
$6.00 - lien notice fee for each name and address of debtors against whom an involuntary lien is recorded

NON-STANDARD DOCUMENT
$3.00 - each page of a document that contains one or more sheets which do not measure 8.5" x 11" added to the standard document recording fees above.

PRELIMINARY CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP REPORT
$20.00 - applies to any document evidencing a change of ownership when presented for recording, if not accompanied by a preliminary change of ownership report

County recording fees are subject to change without notice. For the most current fees and further information, contact the local recorder directly.

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

To record a real property deed in Fresno County, California for property located in that county, make sure your document is printed on paper that is no smaller than 8.5x11 and no larger than 8.5 x 14. If a document does not meet the size requirements, it will cost the regular recording fee, plus an additional $3 per page to record according to Government Code 27361.1. If your document includes any exhibits, those should be on a separate page and properly marked.

The Recorder's Parcel Number is required on all documents that transfer an interest in real property.

On the first page of the deed, there must be a return address space in the top left corner. This space should be down 2.5 inches from the top of the page, and 3.5 inches wide. In the top right corner, leave a blank space 2.5 inches down from the top edge of the page, 5 inches wide. This space is reserved for recording information. If there is not enough space for the Recorder's Stamp on the first page, the document will require a cover page, which will increase the recording fees by one page, but will provide the necessary space for the Recording Stamp. Immediately below the spaces reserved for the return address and the blank space for the Recorder's information on the first page, the title of the document should appear.

The document will be easier to reproduce photographically if the original document is completed on white paper, in black ink, and with legible printing or typing. Documents will be rejected if they cannot be photographically reproduced. If a document was printed on a dot matrix printer, or if the document has colored or shaded areas, is a faxed copy, has dark backgrounds, or has colored ink or letters that run together, it will be rejected. Additionally, if the document has an illegible Notary Seal, it will be rejected.