Fresno County Recorder Information
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 (GC27201).
Documents may be presented for recording at the Recorder's office which is located at the Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Room 302, Fresno, CA 93721. The office hours are Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Documents may be mailed for recording to Fresno County Recorder's Office, P. O. Box 766, Fresno, CA 93712. The recording fee must accompany the documents.
Among other requirements, each document presented for recording MUST include or comply with the following general requirements:
- The property must be located in Fresno County (CC1169).
- The document must be authorized or required by law to be recorded (GC27201).
- The document must be submitted with the proper fees and taxes (GC 6301, 27201, 27261).
- The document must be in compliance with state and local laws.
- The document should name the person requesting the recording (GC27361.6).
- The document should state the name and address of the person or agency to whom the document should be returned after recording, by filling in "Recording requested by and mail to" (GC27361.6).
- The document must be legible enough to produce a readable photographic record (GC27201,27261.6, 27361.7).
- Signatures must be originals unless the document is a certified copy issued by the appropriate custodian of the public record (GC27201b, GC28288, Evid Code 1530).
- The document must be properly acknowledged, unless exempt. California requires an all-purpose acknowledgment (GC27201, 27289, 27285, 27287, 27288, CC1189).
- The Recorder's Parcel Number is required on all documents that transfer an interest in real property (R&T11911.1).
- The notary seal must be legible and photographically reproducible (GC8207).
DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR RECORDING
PAPER SIZE: Effective July 1, 1994 documents executed on or after July 1, 1994 must comply with the standard 8½" by 11" sheet and paper size to avoid penalty, and may never exceed 8½" by 14". Any document including any sheet not 8½" by 11" will cost the regular recording fee PLUS an ADDITIONAL $3.00 PER PAGE OF THE DOCUMENT to record per Government Code 27361.1.
Attached EXHIBITS should be on a separate page and properly marked.
RETURN ADDRESS AND RECORDING INFORMATION SPACE: The first page must have a return address space on the top left 2½" down from the top edge of the page, and 3½" wide, measured from the left edge of the page. On the top right, allow a blank space 2½" down from the top edge of the page and 5" wide for the recording information. If there is not enough space for the Recorder's Stamp (label) on the first page, an additional $3.00 will be charged for a COVER PAGE which will be placed on top of the document to provide the necessary space to accommodate the Recording Stamp. The title of the document shall appear on the first page immediately below the spaces reserved for the return address and the blank space for the Recorder's information. Click here for a sample cover page.
"Photographically Reproducible" is better assured if the original document is done on white paper that is 16 lb. or heavier, BLACK ink only, and clear and legible printing. A few examples of reasons for rejecting a document as being not photographically reproducible are: documents printed on dot matrix printers, documents with colored or shaded areas, FAX copies, dark backgrounds, variations in colored paper/ink, print/letters that run together, and illegible Notary Seals.
A Notary Public must use acknowledgment forms that are prescribed by the California Civil Code. The acknowledgment forms must be properly and completely filled out before the document will be recorded.
Documents that are not in compliance with the above requirements will be rejected.
Documentary Transfer Tax is due on all taxable conveyances in excess of $100 at a rate of $1.10 per $1,000.00 or fractional portion of real property value conveyed (excluding any liens or encumbrances already of record) per Revenue and Taxation Code 11911. In Fresno County, the only transfer tax imposed is the $1.10 per $1,000.00 on conveyances. Anything charged by incorporated cities is contained within the $1.10 rate. There are no State transfer fees. There are no taxes imposed on mortgages.
The transfer tax is collected at the time of recording on each deed, or instrument that conveys an interest in real property. A Documentary Transfer Tax Declaration must be completed and signed for all deeds and instruments that convey an interest in real property. If no Documentary Transfer Tax is due, it must be indicated in the statement by entering "0" on the tax line and the declaration must be signed. The reason why no tax is due needs to be explained on the document or on a separate statement (R&T11932).
Preliminary Change of Ownership Report. When transferring an interest in real property, a "Preliminary Change of Ownership Report" (PCOR) IS REQUIRED per Revenue and Taxation Code 480.2. If a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report is required, but not submitted at the time of recording, there will be an additional charge of $20.00 for the Ownership change. This fee must accompany the recording fee.
Click here for a blank PCOR form, or you may obtain PCOR forms from the Fresno County Recorder's Office located in Room 201 of the Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Fresno CA.