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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.

Recorder's Kiosk

We maintain a public Kiosk at our counter where you can
view all recorded documents in digital format for free.  The Kiosk 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, so indicate by entering "0" on the tax line and the appropriate Government Code supporting the reason no documentary transfer tax is due.

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 a 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 also mail in your documents for recording with a check, cashiers check, or money order made payable to:

Alpine County Recorder 
PO Box 155
Markleeville, CA 96120

Your request is processed upon receipt. Please allow up to 30 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.