The County Clerk is responsible for determining the acceptability, not the legal sufficiency of documents presented for filing. Questions regarding the legal sufficiency of any document should be referred to an attorney.
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Legal Document Assistant and Unlawful Detainer Assistant
A Legal Document Assistant, and an Unlawful Detainer Assistant, must be registered in the county in which the principal place of business is located (deemed primary registration), and in any other county in which the person performs acts for which registration is required (deemed secondary registration).
The Recorder-County Clerk's office processes these registrations by appointment only, call 1-855-732-2575.
Legal Document Assistant and Unlawful Detainer Assistant Requirements
The applicant shall possess at least one of the following and provide all supporting documentation:
A bond in favor or the County of San Bernardino or cash deposit (cash deposit to be retained for three years following expiration of registration) is required in order to register as a legal document assistant or unlawful detainer assistant.
Registrant must contact an insurance or surety company in order to obtain a bond in favor of San Bernardino County, State of California.
The bond must be valid for the two-year term of the registration and show a starting and ending date (do not confuse a surety bond with an errors and omissions policy).
A separate bond is required for each type of registration (Legal Document Assistant or Unlawful Detainer Assistant).
Photographs (1 ¼” x 1 ¼”)
One (1) passport size or smaller photograph for each I.D. card (corporation and partnership registrations are exempt from the photo requirement).
Duration of Certificate of Registration
A certificate of registration shall be effective for a period of two years or until the date the bond expires, whichever occurs first. A certificate of registration may be renewed up to 60 days prior to its expiration date and the effective date of the renewal shall be the date the current registration expires. The renewal shall be effective for a period of two years from the effective date or until the expiration date of the bond, whichever occurs first.
Place of Filing
The filing is in the county in which the principle place of business is and where he or she maintains a branch office.
An applicant will be denied registration or renewal of registration if the applicant has been any of the following:
An applicant shall be denied registration if the applicant has had a disqualifying event. Those applicants who have been denied registration may appeal to the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs after obtaining the denial notice from the County Clerk's Office.
To be eligible to renew registration, registrant shall complete 15 hours of continuing legal education courses during the two-year period preceding renewal.