The County Recorder, upon payment of proper fees and taxes, will accept any document which is authorized or required by California law to be recorded, if the document contains required information and if it is photographically reproducible.
Documents may be presented for recording in person or by mail at the County Recorders Office located at: 701 Ocean St, Room 230, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Your request is processed upon receipt. Please allow 6-8 weeks to receive your original recorded document back in the mail. All applicable fees must be paid at the time of recording, for more details click recording fees.
Each document presented for recording must include or comply with the following general requirements.
ĚThe property must be located in Santa Cruz County. (CC1169)
ĚThe document must be authorized or required by law to be recorded. (GC 29201)
ĚThe document must be submitted with the proper fees and taxes. (GC 6301, 27201, 27261)
ĚThe document must be in compliance with state and local laws.
ĚThe document should Name the person requesting recording. (GC 27361.6)
ĚThe document should state the Name and address to whom the document should be returned, fill in "Recording Requested By and Mail To". (GC 27361.6) ĚThe document must be legible enough to produce a readable photographic record. (GC 27201, 27361.6, 27361.7) See legibility requirements below.
ĚSignatures must be original unless the document is a certified copy issued by the appropriate custodian of the public record. (GC 27201b, GC 28288, Evid Code 1530)
ĚThe document must be properly acknowledged, unless exempt. California requires an all-purpose acknowledgement. (GC 27201, 27289, 27285, 27287, 27288, CC 1189)
ĚThe Assessors Parcel Number is required on deeds by local Ordinance. (R&T 11911.1)
ĚThe notary seal must be legible for a microfilm reproduction . (GC 8207)
For more information, please call us during office hours, at (831) 454-2800, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm. Fax 831-454-3169. Click to E-Mail We are located at 701 Ocean ST., RM. 230, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. Se Habla Espa˝ol.