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.
Each document presented for recording must include or comply with California state
law general recording requirements.
State law requires the transferee (buyer) of real property to file a completed Preliminary Change of Ownership Report
concurrently with the recordation of any document effecting a change in ownership.
If the form is not filed, the recorder will charge an additional fee of $20. For
questions on proper completion of the form, please contact the Assessor’s Change
of Ownership Department at (909) 387-8307 or toll free at (877) 885-7654.
All applicable fees must be paid at the time of recording, click
here for the 2015 Fee Schedule.
Payment may be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check or money order. Please
make checks payable to: San Bernardino County Recorder.
The Recorder's Office is prohibited from giving any legal advice and cannot assist
the public in the preparation of legal documents. If you have any questions concerning
which document form is appropriate to your transaction, or are in need of assistance
in the preparation of that document, consult an attorney or obtain other professional
advice. If you have any questions regarding the recording process, you may call
(855) REC-CLRK or (855) 732-2575 and speak to an agent that will assist you.
Documents may be presented for recording by mail, courier service
or in person Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. excluding holidays at:
Hall of Records, 1st Floor
222 W. Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0022
Click any of the links below for more information:
General Recording Requirements
How to Transfer Title
How to Remove a Deceased Joint
How to File a Declaration of Homestead
Real Estate Fraud
If the service you require is not listed above, click here
to see an expanded list of services offered by the Recorder-Clerk's office.
for general information and assistance
with recording documents.