The Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk's Office is prohibited from giving legal advice. It may be advisable to consult an attorney because of the legal aspects involved in holding title to property or transferring title.
How to Transfer Title
The Recorder's Office has a limited amount of forms available online. Additional forms may be obtained from a legal advisor or stationary stores.
How to Remove a Deceased Joint Tenant
There are three documents you will need to submit to the Recorder’s office when requesting to have a deceased joint tenant removed from a deed.
How to Search for Liens
You can search for liens in our Public Access Retrieval Information System (PARIS), which indexes the public official records for San Bernardino County, starting with January 1, 1958. Click Document Search (Grantor/Grantee index) and choose Search/Obtain Public Official Records.
How to Clear a Property Record of a Loan
Deed of Trust is a three-party instrument drawn, executed, and recorded to secure repayment of a loan. The Borrower is named as "Trustor," the Lender is known as the "Beneficiary," and a third party is named "Trustee." The Trustor grants the property "in trust with power of sale" to the Trustee to secure payment to the Beneficiary.
The Trustee does not become involved in the transaction until he is notified by the Beneficiary that payment on the note is delinquent or that it has been paid. Although possession of property may have changed during the term of the note and trust deed, the Reconveyance must show the original Trustor. The Trustee reconveys to the property to the "party entitled thereto" who is the present owner of the property.
The original Note should be carefully guarded.
When final payment is made on the loan/note secured by a Deed of Trust, The borrower should contact party to whom payments were being made and request a Deed of Reconveyance.
The lender may issue a Substitute of Trustee and Full Reconveyance or the Trustee will issue a Deed of Reconveyance.
The Reconveyance should be brought or mailed to the Recorder-County Clerk’s office for recording. Refer to the Fee Schedule for current or additional fees. All fees are prescribed by law.