CARE Features


San Mateo County officials warn of homeowner scam, December 24, 2009


San Mateo County officials warn of homeowner scam

The San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder's Office, Assessor's Division says scammers are trying to cheat property owners out of money for a service the assessor provides for free.


Assessor Maps now available online
July 2, 2009


This online feature allows you to download a free copy of an official Assessor's map page showing a specific parcel(s). You can search for parcel maps database either by the Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) or by street address.


Assessor Parcel Map Search


County Recorders can unwitting accept fraudulent property documents

June 2009


County Recorders can unwitting accept fraudulent property documents

One of the growing concerns for county recorders throughout the United States is the increase in property fraud. To prove the point about how easy it is to perpetrate this kind of property fraud, the Daily News in New York stole the Empire State Building as a prank last December. They did return it.


Supreme Court Ruling on Proposition 8 Stands

May 2009


No Same-Sex Marriage in California – For Now

On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, the California Supreme Court in a 6-1 ruling upheld the November initiative, Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.


Landmark Decision on Same Sex Marriage

May 2008same sex marriage


The San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder's Office, Clerk's Division opened its doors on June 17, 2008 for gay and lesbian couples to secure marriage licenses and exchange vows on the first full day same-sex nuptials were legal throughout California. For more information, visit our web feature on same sex marriage by clicking here.


Informational Resources


County officials to back gay marriage, oppose Prop. 8

San Mateo Daily Journal, September 16


Marriage Information


PDF California State Supreme Court decision

PDF California Supreme Court Denies Rehearing and Stay in Marriage Cases

PDF Frequently Asked Questions about Same Sex Marriage


ForeclosureForeclosure Information & Referral Resources


Foreclosure Information & Referral Resources

If you are facing the possibility of foreclosure and would like information on your options, the web sites listed here may provide some answers.


TravelCalling All Travelers! New Passport Rules


There is good news for those with international travel plans!  Effective February 1, 2008 there are four noteworthy changes to the process for obtaining passport applications. Take a look!


hispanic heritageSan Mateo County Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson obtained authorization from Congress to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, the observance was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to a month-long commemoration, beginning September 15 and ending October 15, making 2007 the 19th annual celebration. During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and Spanish-speaking nations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.


next generationKeeping the Promise for the Next Generation


Making the Connection Between Changing Property Values and School Finance

As a service to our County’s school districts, Terry Flinn, Deputy Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, will be making presentations to any San Mateo County School District Board of Trustees, Superintendents, Business Managers and other district leaders on the impact of property tax roll fluctuations on school finance, upon invitation.


Government WeekSan Mateo County Celebrates National County Government Week


National County Government Week

A walk among wildflowers and tours of the new energy-efficient Youth Services Center highlight San Mateo County’s celebration of National County Government Week, April 22-28.


Black History MonthSan Mateo County Celebrates Black History Month


Black History Month

Black History Month was designed to educate people on the pain and suffering throughout history that Blacks encountered to receive equal rights and freedom. Americans have recognized Black History annually ever since 1926 which was first known as "Negro History Week" and then converted to "Black History Month." Although Blacks have been part of our country's history since the colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they received a respectable honor in the history books.


There to teach: Domini Hoskins Black History Museum on display in Burlingame, February 19, 2011


LGBT JuneLesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)


June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month

Each year in June, gay and lesbian individuals celebrate Gay Pride Month with ornate festivals and parades.  Gay Pride Month commemorates the progress that the gay and lesbian rights movement has made, while acknowledging the challenges that lie ahead in gaining full acceptance of LGBT individuals in American society.


OpenStarting a Business in San Mateo County


Starting a Business in San Mateo County?

We’re proud to introduce a new guide to help people contact appropriate government agencies, file statements, pay taxes and find out what regulations may apply to their business.  Since no two businesses are exactly alike, requirements vary widely.


This publication has agency names, phone numbers, addresses and website to help you officially open the doors to your business, and the online links are active!


Parcel MapSplitting or Combining Parcels.


Splitting or Combining Parcels. Forms Now Available online.

Any San Mateo County property owner can request that their parcel be split or combined with other parcels that they own if an APN can be described/delineated by existing parcel and/or lot lines and the parcels of land in the opinion of the assessor can be redefined without compromising ownership, tax rate areas, general use and assessment of the land.