The Sonoma County Recorder is responsible for recording such documents as transfer of title, liens and maps. Recorded documents are considered Official Public Records and are available to the public.
The Documentary Transfer Tax (DTT) imposes a tax on each deed, instrument, or writing by which any lands, tenements, or any other realty sold, shall be granted, transferred, or otherwise conveyed to another person.
The Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor has Official Public Records recorded from 1964 to the present. You can search our index online or in our office to locate documents that can be reviewed and purchased by visiting our office in Santa Rosa. We also have a cumulative map index in our office for subdivision maps, parcel maps, surveys and assessment districts.
Recorded and filed documents and maps are public records, and they are available for public viewing in our offices at no cost, but California law prohibits the display of recorded documents on the internet. We store records dating from 1835 to 1979 in our office on microfilm; we store records from 1980 to the present as digital images on computer.
Clerk-Recorder accepts payments by cash, checks, credit or debit cards.
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When searching for a record prior to 2010, remember to use abbreviations; after January 1, 2010, search under the exact name of the person or company.