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The Recorder preserves the official archive of documents relating to legally recordable transactions of events.  The Recorder collects documentary transfer tax and conveyance taxes on property sales. Documents are recorded, indexed, digitally archived, and made available to the public. The Recorder Division is responsible for the recording of various documents, such as:


  • Deeds
  • Mortgages
  • Court Decrees
  • Liens & Releases
  • Other documents that affect title to real property

By recording a document, the document becomes part of the public records of the County Recorder.  The Recorder's Division will assist the public with accessing this information.  Copying and certification costs may apply.


Note:  Please note that the Recorder's Division is unable to give legal advice, such as, what type of document you need or how to complete a document.  We recommend that you seek advice from an attorney or real estate professional before you record documents that affect title to property...


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PDF Transfer Tax Information and Exemptions

Effective September 1, 2013 a new transfer tax explanation and exemption list will be used. Please refer to it for understanding transfer tax issues. [More]


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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.


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2008 Calendar Year Recording Activity


Top 5 Types of Recorded Documents


Reconveyance: 30,257

Deed of Trust: 28,855

Deed: 21,805

Substitution of Trustee Documents: 18,626

Official Recording Copy: 12,651

TOTAL Number of Documents Recorded: 139,944


The Recorder's Division is located at 555 County Center, 1st Floor, Redwood City.


Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m



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