Recording Requirements

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Clerk's Office is Moving!As of July 1, 2017, the County Clerk Office will be moving to 585 Fiscal Dr., Room 103, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 

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To ensure same day recording of your documents, please be sure we have them by 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and by 3:00 p.m. Wednesdays.

About Recording Requirements

  • Certain requirements apply to almost any document(s) you want to record.
  • Please make sure to take these requirements into consideration as you prepare your document(s) for recording in order to facilitate timely recording of your document(s) and to avoid unnecessary penalties at recording time.
  • The Recorder's Office does not have forms and cannot provide advice on how a document should be completed. The Sacramento Law Library is a free resource for many forms.

Please visit the Recorder Fee Schedule page for information about Recording Fees, Notification Fees, Copy Fees, Taxes and other important details.

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General Recording Requirements

Documents Transferring Title
Documents transferring title must contain the Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) and must be accompanied by a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report.(PDF: 262 kB)
Documents must be clearly readable and capable of producing a legible microfilm record.
Names Under Signatures
Names must be printed or typed under all signatures and business names.
Notary Acknowledgement
Documents affecting title to real property must be properly acknowledged.
Documents shall be identified as to type.
Names of parties to be indexed must be contained in the document.
Return Address
Only enter the address to which the document is being returned in this area leaving a 2 inch margin from top of page. Address for mailing tax statements should be at the bottom of the first page of the document.

Address for Delivery

Your document accompanied by the proper fees can be delivered to:

Sonoma County Recorder
585 Fiscal Drive, Suite 103F
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Our mailing address is:

Sonoma County Recorder
P.O. Box 1709
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Please Note

Depending on the type of document, additional requirements may apply.

Non-Recordable Documents

Negotiable Instruments such as

  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Money

Vital Records

  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Passports
  • Citizenship Papers
  • Copyrights
  • Wills
  • Trademarks

Contact Information

William F. Rousseau

County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters

Business Hours
Monday – Tuesday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

To ensure same day recording of your documents, please be sure we have them by 4:00 PM Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and by 3:00 PM on Wednesdays.

Recorder's Office
585 Fiscal Drive

Suite 103

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.4657196, -122.7277883
Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1709

Santa Rosa, CA 95402

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Payment Information

Payment Options
Clerk-Recorder accepts payments by cash, checks, credit or debit cards.

Re-recording Corrective Affidavit

Corrective Affidavit for Minor Correction
Corrective Affidavit for re-recording due to minor correction pursuant to

Government Code Section 27201

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