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:
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...
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]
June 1, 2011
Peninsula real estate data turns digital
sfexaminer.com, December 1, 2010
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.
2008 Calendar Year Recording Activity
Top 5 Types of Recorded Documents
Deed of Trust: 28,855
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