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Orange County, California

Recorder Offices

Hall of Records and Finance

12 Civic Center Plz, Rm 101 &106, Santa Ana , California 92701

Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Phone: (714) 834-2500

South County Branch Office

24031 El Toro Rd, Suite 150, Santa Ana, California 92653

Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm / Recording until 4:00pm

Phone: (714) 834-2500

North County Branch Office

201 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton , California 92832

Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Phone: (714) 834-2500

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California - Orange County Recorder Information

The Clerk-Recorder is responsible for maintaining records for real property located in Orange County.

Recording Fees

$6.00 - Standard first page* (one-sided, 8.5" x 11")
$3.00 - each additional page
$3.00 - added to each page of a document containing a non-standard page

$6.00 - Combined documents* (per title)
$1.00 - Multiple references (per reference)
$1.00 - Indexing more than 10 names (per group of 10 names)

* District Attorney Fraud Fee of $3.00 per title may apply as well

$10.00 - Notification of involuntary lien (per debtor - not applicable to Mechanic Liens)
$8.00 - Release of any state, county, city or municipality tax lien

$20.00 - Survey Monument Preservation Fund (for each Grant Deed recorded showing a legal description other than a complete lot and tract)

$20.00 - missing Preliminary Change of Ownership Report

Documentary Transfer Tax: $0.55 per $500.00

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

Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check, money order, Discover, American Express, MasterCard/Visa Credit and Debit.

Include the recording fees, making checks payable to "Orange County Clerk-Recorder."
Mail to: Orange County Clerk-Recorder
12 Civic Center Plaza, Room 101
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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

Real estate documents may be presented for recording in person, by mail, or by a representative. Please note the following:

Documents must be recorded in the county where the property is located.

The document should be legible.

Include the name of the party requesting the recording, and a name and address where the document can be returned.

Include a completed Preliminary Change of Ownership Report when recording documents affecting a change in the ownership of real property. These forms can be obtained from the Clerk-Recorder and Assessor departments. Real Estate Deeds

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