Property Document

EXCELLENT NEWS!!

Effective Wednesday, June 10, 2020, all Clerk-Recorder Department offices will reopen to the public. Over-the-counter service will resume for department services.

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If you have any questions, you can reach us at (714) 834-2500.
We are here to answer your questions from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Document Recording Services

NOTICE: Please click here to learn about new recording requirements regarding minor changes to recorded documents effective January 1, 2017

The department has been working hard to prepare the office for re-opening and has taken the following steps to ensure a safe experience for its staff and customers:

  • A Plexiglas barrier is in place at every public counter used to serve the public. 
  • Workstations have been spaced out six feet apart.
  • The department will provide staff with masks, gloves and hand sanitizer for their workstations.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to customers in the public areas of the offices.
  • The department will have masks on-hand should a customer request one during their visit.
  • Social distancing floor markers and signage are in place at all locations to remind customers to social distance.
  • All public kiosk/terminals have been spaced out six-feet apart.
  • Each location will have strategically placed stanchions to encourage one-way foot traffic to enter and exit.
  • Staff will constantly clean frequently used surfaces throughout the day.

Over-the-Counter Recording Service

The following restrictions will apply:

  • Documents must be recorded in the county where the property is located.
  • The document(s) shall be legible.
  • Please include the name of the party requesting the recording, and a name and address where the document should be returned.
  • A completed Preliminary Change of Ownership Report must be completed and submitted when recording documents affecting a change in the ownership of real property. These forms can be obtained from the Clerk-Recorder and Assessor Departments.
  • Only one customer may enter the office per transaction.
  • Each transaction is limited to a maximum of three documents.
  • Payment can be made by cash, credit/debit card, check, cashier's check, and/or money order. Make checks and money orders payable to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder.
  • The office will close for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mail-In Document Recording Service

  • Documents may be presented for recording by mail, FedEx or UPS. Please note the following:Documents must be recorded in the county where the property is located.
  • The document(s) shall be legible.
  • Please include the name of the party requesting the recording, and a name and address where the document should be returned.
  • Please 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.
  • Payment can be made by check, cashier's check, money order only. Make checks and money orders payable to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Mail your payment to the following address:  

Orange County Clerk-Recorder
County Administration South
Attn: Recorder Operations
601 N. Ross Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

 The office of the Orange County Recorder/Clerk cannot provide legal advice to the public and cannot assist the public in the preparation of legal documents. If you have any questions concerning which document form is appropriate to your transaction, or are in need of assistance in the preparation of that document, consult an attorney or obtain other professional advice

Questions? Call (714) 834-2887 to speak to a document examiner.
 

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