Recorder's Office

Recent Release

The County has temporarily closed the Administration building to the public due to the Omicron variant. In-person visits now require an appointment. Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Alpine County is requiring that everyone must wear a mask while in county buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Please wear a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose during your visit.

Our office will continue to be available to serve you during this closure. Please feel free to contact our office, we are here to assist you anyway we can.

Recording hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - excluding holidays

General office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - excluding holidays

Before you submit a document for recording

We recommend emailing our Recording Tech, Jeanette Millar a copy of all the pages in the document, including the PCOR, prior to sending the original. She will review the document, make sure it's recordable and will also provide you with the exact recording fee. This will save time and frustration by minimizing issues and avoids unrecordable documents.

Recording Requirements

Documents may be presented for recording to the Recorder's Office. Documents may be mailed or brought to the office for recording. All applicable fees must be paid at the time of recording. Each document presented for recording must include or comply with the following general requirements:

  • The property must be located in Alpine County
  • The document must be authorized or required by law to be recorded (GC 29201)
  • The document must be submitted with the proper fees and taxes (GC 6103, 27201, 27261)
  • The document must be in compliance with state and local laws
  • The document should name the person requesting the recording (GC 27361.6)
  • The document should state the name and address of whom the document should be returned. Fill in "recording requested by and mail to" (GC 27361.6)
  • The entire document, including the notary seal, must be legible enough to produce a readable photographic record (GC 27201, 27361.6, 27361.7, and 8207)
  • Signatures must be original unless the document is a certified copy issued by the appropriate custodian of the public record (GC 27201b)
  • The document must be properly acknowledged, unless exempt (California requires an all-purpose acknowledgment) (GC 27201, 27289, 27285, 27287, 27288)
  • The Assessor's parcel number is required on all conveyances by local ordinance (R&T code 11911.1)
  • The document meets the criteria in Government Code 27361.6
  • As of January 1, 2015, must meet AB 1050, an act to amend Sections 1189 and 1195 of the Civil Code, and to amend Section 8202 of the Government Code, relating to notaries public.

Forms may be obtained from attorneys, real estate professionals, stationery or office supply stores or from other legal forms web sites such as Sacramento Law Library. Our office is precluded from providing legal advice per Business and Professions Code 9125 and Government Code 24004 and they cannot assist the public in the preparation of legal documents. This prohibition includes offering any guidance as to what processes must be undertaken, how to complete the forms, or determining what forms are required in order to make any changes in the title to real property.

If you have questions concerning which document form is appropriate for your transaction, or if you are in need of assistance in the preparation of that document, you should consult an attorney or obtain other professional advice.

Senate Bill (SB) 2 - Affordable Housing and Jobs Act Fee

Effective January 1, 2018, pursuant to SB2, documents accepted for recording at the Alpine County Recorder's Office may be charged an additional $75 fee as follows:

A fee of seventy-five dollars ($75) shall be paid at the time of recording of every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, except those expressly exempted from payment of recording fees, per each single transaction per parcel of real property. The fee imposed by this section shall not exceed two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225).

  • This fee will be calculated per document, with a maximum of $225 based on the number of documents and titles.

The fee shall not be imposed on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer subject to the imposition of a documentary transfer tax as defined in Section 11911 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier.

  • A declaration of valid exemption may be placed on the face of each document, or on a document cover page, which shall become part of the document, prior to depositing with the Recorder. If no valid exemption is declared, the fee will be assessed.

This requirement is being made in accordance with the legislative amendment of Government Code § 27388.1

Click here Version OptionsRecorder's OfficeHeadline for a memo regarding the SB2 exemption options.

Click here Version OptionsRecorder's OfficeHeadline for a sample cover sheet with the SB2 exemptions on it.

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Recorder's Kiosk

We maintain a public Kiosk computer on our counter where you can view all recorded documents in digital format, this is available during normal business hours.

Documentary Transfer Tax

Documentary transfer tax is due on all taxable conveyances in excess of $100 at a rate of $1.10 per $1,000, or fractional portion of real property value, excluding any liens or encumbrances already of record (R&T code 11911). Transfer tax is collected at the time of recording.

A documentary transfer tax declaration must be completed for all conveyances. If no documentary transfer tax is due, please indicate by entering "0" on the tax line and the appropriate Government Code supporting the reason no documentary transfer tax is due.

Miscellaneous Recording information

If a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report is required, but not completed, signed and submitted at the time of recording, an additional $20 will be due.

We will stamp and return a conformed copy for free if a self addressed stamped envelope and photo copy of the original document is included with the original for recording.

You may mail in your documents for recording with a check, cashiers check, or money order made payable to the Alpine County Recorder.

Our US Postal Service mailing address is P.O. Box 155 Markleeville, CA 96120

Or for overnight courier service, send to 99 Water Street Markleeville, CA 96120

Your request is processed upon receipt. 

Please allow up to 45 working days to receive your original recorded document back in the mail.

The Office of the Recorder is prohibited from giving any legal advice or assisting in document preparation. We are also unable to provide notary services.

Recording hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - excluding holidays

General office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - excluding holidays