Clerk-Recorder Services

Services

Appeal a Road Improvement Fee

Any person whose new development is subject to the road improvement fee described in Section 13.01.020 of the County Code may appeal to the Board of Supervisors for a reduction or adjustment to that fee, or a waiver of that fee, based on the absence of any reasonable relationship or nexus between the traffic-generating impacts of that new development and either the amount of the fee imposed or the type of road facilities or improvement to be financed by the fee. This service provides information on how to appeal a road improvement fee.

Assessment Appeals

An assessment appeal is the due process a taxpayer may initiate if their assessed property value cannot be agreed upon with the County Assessor. Assessment appeal applications are filed in the county where your property is located with the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board. This service provides information on how to appeal an assessment.

Assessment Appeals Board Meetings

This service allows you to watch or listen to live and past Assessment Appeals Board meetings, and to view agendas and minutes.

The Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board prepares and maintains all the minutes, documents, and recordings from each Assessment Appeals Board meeting. All documents received are maintained in the Clerk-Recorder office and are available for public inspection.

For your convenience, you can find the meeting agendas and information below.

August 22, 2017 Special Election: City of San Luis Obispo

This service provides information regarding the August 22, 2017 City of San Luis Obispo Special Election.

Ballot Initiative Qualification

This service provides information for qualifying an initiative to go to election and placing a measure on the ballot. 

Birth Certificates

This service provides information on how to search the birth record indices and obtain copies of birth certificates. The Clerk-Recorder office retains birth records that occurred in San Luis Obispo County. Birth records are public records, but not searchable on the Internet. Certified copies are available upon request. Anyone wishing to search the indices and view birth records must visit our San Luis Obispo or Atascadero office and sign in with department staff.

Board of Supervisors Meetings

The Board of Supervisors holds public meetings almost every week (see the complete schedule) during which discuss County business, hold hearings, receive presentations, consider public comment, approve and renew contracts, and more. Anyone can attend a public Board meeting at any time.  

Watch or listen to live and past Board of Supervisors meetings, and view agendas, agenda item documents, and minutes on this page.

For your convenience, you can find the meeting agendas and information below. Alternatively, you may visit the Board of Supervisor Agenda and Minutes website to directly access the agenda, minutes and documents.

Live broadcasts of our Board of Supervisors meetings can also be viewed on SLO Span’s online streaming.

Audio streaming for Android users will need an application called "Serve Stream" in order to listen to the any live meetings via audio only. Click here to download the application in Google Play.

Select the Archived tab to view past meetings below.

Can’t see the meeting information or agendas? Please update your internet browser. Otherwise, use this temporary Live and Archived Public Meetings tool to help you find what you’re looking for.

Campaign Finance Disclosures Filing

This service provides access to the online portal used to file campaign finance disclosures. County Ordinance No. 3261 requires electronic filing of campaign disclosure documents for all candidates and committees. Treasurers must use the NetFile Filer login link to file campaign finance disclosures (Fair Political Practices Commission Forms 410, 460, 496, 497, 461, and 465). These documents are public and may be audited by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and California Franchise Tax Board to ensure that voters are fully informed and improper practices prohibited. It is the responsibility of candidates and committees to understand the rules regulating their campaigns in California.

Campaign Finance Disclosures Search

This service allows the general public to view or print campaign disclosure filings online. The California Political Reform Act requires candidates and committees to file campaign statements by specified deadlines disclosing contributions received and expenditures made. These documents are public and may be viewed using the Campaign Finance Disclosure Public Portal. The filings available online are redacted. Please contact the Clerk-Recorder office for unredacted versions.

City Selection Committee Meetings

This service allows you to watch or listen to live and past City Selection Committee meetings, and to view agendas, agenda item documents, and minutes.

The Clerk of the City Selection Committee prepares and maintains all the minutes, documents, and recordings of each City Selection Committee meeting. All documents received are maintained in the Clerk-Recorder office and are available for public inspection. See About the City Selection Committee for more information.

For your convenience, you can find the meeting agendas and information below.

Claims Against the County

This service allows you to file a claim against the County of San Luis Obispo with the Clerk-Recorder office.

Clerk-Recorder's Office Public Records Request

The Clerk-Recorder office provides access to public records in accordance with the California Public Records Act (CPRA) (Government Code Section §6250 et seq.). This service provides information regarding submitting a CPRA request to the Clerk-Recorder office.

County Code and Ordinances

This service allows you to view the published County Code and ordinances which have been adopted but not yet codified.

Current Elections

This service provides information on current election(s) being conducted by the County of San Luis Obispo.

Current Officeholders Information

This service provides a list of current Countywide officeholders, term lengths, and term expiration dates.

Death Certificates

This service provides information on how to search the death record indices and obtain copies of death certificates. The Clerk-Recorder office retains death records that occurred in San Luis Obispo County. Death records are public records, but not searchable on the Internet. Certified copies are available upon request. Anyone wishing to search the indices and view death records must visit our San Luis Obispo or Atascadero office and sign in with department staff.

Deputy Marriage Commissioner for the Day

This service allows you to apply to be a Deputy Marriage Commissioner for the Day. California Family Code Section 401(b) allows the Clerk-Recorder, as Commissioner of Civil Marriages, to deputize individuals as a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages for a day to solemnize marriages in California.

NOTE: This is an optional service not provided by all counties. Additionally, if the marriage license was purchased outside of the County of San Luis Obispo, please verify with that County that they will accept a Deputy Commissioner for a Day deputized by the County of San Luis Obispo.

Designated Local Authority & Oversight Board

This service allows you to view meeting agendas and minutes for designated local authority and oversight boards.

Election Observer / Poll Watcher

This service provides information about poll watcher rules when observing procedures at polling places or the central counting location. See the Poll Watcher Guide for details.

Fictitious Business Name Abandonment

This service allows you to abandon the use of a Fictitious Business Name (FBN). Upon ceasing to transact business in this state under an FBN that was filed in the previous five (5) years, a person(s) who has filed a Fictitious Business Name Statement shall file a Statement of Abandonment of use of Fictitious Business Name. The statement shall be executed in the same manner as a Statement of Fictitious Business Name and shall be filed with the County Clerk of the county in which the person(s) filed their fictitious business name statement. Business and Professions Code Section 17922.

Fictitious Business Name Copies

This service provides information on how to search the Fictitious Business Name record indices and obtain copies of Fictitious Business Name Statements. Fictitious Business Name Statements are filed and maintained in the County of San Luis Obispo Clerk-Recorder's Office. Copies of existing Fictitious Business Name Statements are a public record and available upon request. 

Fictitious Business Name Data File

This service allows you to purchase Fictitious Business Name Statement Filings Data.  

Fictitious Business Name New Filing

This service allows you to file a Fictitious Business Name Statement. Under Business and Professions Code 17900 et seq., the purpose of a Fictitious Business Name Statement is to protect those dealing with individuals or partnerships doing business under fictitious names, and it is not intended to confer any right or advantage on individuals or firms that fail to comply with the law. The filing of a fictitious business name certificate is designed to make available to the public the identity of person(s) who are legal owners of the business.

Fictitious Business Name Renewal

This service allows you to renew a Fictitious Business Name Statement.

Renewals must be filed within forty (40) days of the date of expiration if you intend to continue doing business under that name and there are no changes in the required information.

If there are any changes to your filed Fictitious Business Name Statement, it is considered a new filing and requires publication.

Fictitious Business Name Search

This service allows you to search the index of Fictitious Business Name Statements. Statements are a public record. You may search the index of Fictitious Business Name Statements that are filed and maintained in the Clerk-Recorder office online using the County of SLO Fictitious Business Name Self-Service Portal.

Fictitious Business Name Withdrawal from Partnership

This service allows you to file a Statement of Withdrawal from a Partnership operating under a Fictitious Business Name. Any registrant who is a general partner in a partnership that is or has been regularly transacting business under a fictitious business name may, upon withdrawing as a general partner, file a statement of withdrawal from the partnership operating under a fictitious business name.

Fish & Wildlife Filings

This service allows you to file or view California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents which may or may not have an environmental impact to the County of San Luis Obispo. The Clerk-Recorder's office is the local filing agency for any CEQA filings or postings.

Legal Document Assistant Registration

This service allows you to register as a Legal Document Assistant. A legal document assistant (LDA) is a non-lawyer authorized to prepare legal documents for people representing themselves in legal matters. Unlike paralegals or legal assistants, who perform substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney, only certain types of legal services can be performed by an LDA. They are prohibited from providing legal advice or opinion but may prepare legal documents in a ministerial manner; provide attorney-authored general information and published legal documents; and file and serve documents at the direction of the client.

Laws concerning Legal Document Assistants are set forth in the California Business and Professions Code (BPC 6400-6415).

Marriage Ceremonies

This service provides information about getting married in the Clerk-Recorder's office, scheduling a civil marriage ceremony, and arranging for a witness if needed.

Marriage Certificates

This service provides information on how to search the marriage record indices and obtain copies of marriage certificates. The Clerk-Recorder office retains marriage records where the license was purchased in San Luis Obispo County. Marriage records are public records if a public marriage license was purchased, but not searchable on the Internet. Certified copies are available upon request. Anyone wishing to search the indices and view public marriage records must visit our San Luis Obispo or Atascadero office and sign in with department staff. 

Marriage Licenses

This service provides information about marriage licenses and requirements and allows you to apply for a marriage license. A marriage license must be purchased prior to your ceremony and is valid for 90 days from the date of purchase.

Military Discharges (DD-214)

This service allows you to search, view, record or receive copies of Military Discharge documents (DD-214) which have been recorded in San Luis Obispo County.

Notary Public or Public Official Authentication

This service allows you to verify the authenticity of Notary Public or Public Official signatures. 

Notary Public Registration

This service allows individuals to register as a Notary Public. A notary public is an official, appointed by the Secretary of State, to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official acts related to the signing of important documents.

Laws concerning Notaries Public are set forth in the California Government Code Sections 8200-8230. For information on becoming a Notary Public, visit the California Secretary of State's website

October 17, 2017 Special Election: Estrella-El Pomar-Creston Water District

This service provides information regarding the October 17, 2017 Estrella-El Pomar-Creston Water District Special Election.

Passport Information

The Clerk-Recorder office no longer offers passport photographs or accepts passport applications. Passport information can be found by visiting the U.S. Department of State website.

Past Elections

This service provides election results, documents, and information related to past elections conducted by the County of San Luis Obispo. Summary reports of final official election results dating back to March 2000 are available online. Older results may be obtained from the Clerk-Recorder office.

Polling Place Lookup

This service allows you to look up the polling place (voting location) based on a voter's residence address in San Luis Obispo County. The polling place lookup provides the polling place name, address, sample ballot booklet, audio enabled sample ballot, accessibility details, and map location.

Precinct Maps

This service provides access to the precinct mapping information maintained by the Clerk-Recorder office for election purposes. Geographical information systems (GIS) technology has been used to maintain precinct boundaries and map printing. Use of data maintained by various county departments and agencies (Public Works, Assessor, Planning & Building, Cities, LAFCO, the Citizens Redistricting Commission, and the Census Bureau) and GIS technology when drawing precinct boundary lines results in more accurate and up-to-date maps.

Precinct Workers

This service provides information about becoming a precinct (poll) worker and allows you to view precinct worker training material. See precinct worker programs for more information.

Process Server Registration

This service provides information about how to register as a Process Server. Process servers deliver legal documents to individuals involved in a court proceeding. In California, a process server is defined as any person who makes more than ten (10) services of process within this state during one (1) calendar year, for specific compensation or in expectation of specific compensation; or any corporation or partnership that derives or expects to derive compensation from service of process within this state.

Laws concerning process servers are set forth in California Business and Professions Code (BPC 22350-22360).

Professional Photocopier Registration

This service provides information about how to register as a Professional Photocopier. A professional photocopier is defined as any person who for compensation obtains or reproduces documents authorized to be produced, and who, while engaged in performing that activity, has access to the information contained therein.

Laws concerning Professional Photocopiers are set forth in the California Business and Professions Code (BPC 22450-22463).

Recall an Elected Official

This service provides information on how to remove an elective officer (elected official) from office.

Recorded Document Copies

This service allows you to obtain copies of recorded documents. Documents recorded in the Clerk-Recorder office are known as "Official Records".

Recorded Documents Search

This service allows you to search for recorded documents. Documents recorded in the Clerk-Recorder office are officially known as Official Records. The grantor-grantee index identifies the instruments recorded in this county relating to real property. To view the index, use the recorded documents self-service portal. The index is available online, however to view images of the Official Records you will need appear in person, or purchase copies on-line or by mail.

Recording an Official Document

This service allows you to record an instrument related to real property as an Official Record.  

Redistricting Information

This service provides information regarding the most recent San Luis Obispo County redistricting process. Redistricting is the redrawing or adjusting of district lines to ensure that legislative representation is fair and balanced. It is done every ten (10) years, after the census data is compiled, to account for population shifts and growth over the last decade. The purpose is to bring districts back into compliance with the one-person one-vote mandate of the Federal and State constitutions.

Running for Public Office

This service provides information on how an individual may run for public office. A candidate information booklet is published specifically for each election. You may find the candidate information booklets for current elections and the most recent statewide election in the Reference section.

Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)

All Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) required to be filed by the Political Reform Act or by an agency are public documents and must be available for public inspection and reproduction during regular business hours no later than the second business day after they are received. This service provides information on how to obtain copies of these statements.

Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) Filing

This service provides access to the online portal used to file the Fair Political Practices Commission Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700. See the Reference section for additional information about Statement of Economic Interests filing and the NetFile Filer Login link.

If you are a Statement of Economic Interests Coordinator for your district, department, board or commission, use the SEI Coordinator Login link to monitor the filings for your organization. Contact the Clerk-Recorder office if you need a username and password.

Unlawful Detainer Assistant Registration

This service allows you to register as a Unlawful Detainer Assistant. An unlawful detainer assistant (UDA) is a person or entity who, for compensation, provides assistance or advice in unlawful detainer actions. An unlawful detainer action is a court process by which a landlord seeks to have a tenant evicted and/or pay rent that is owed.

Laws concerning unlawful detainer assistants are set forth in the California Business and Professions Code (BPC 6400-6415).

Vote-By-Mail

This service provides information about voting by mail, applying to vote by mail for a single election, and applying for permanent vote by mail status

Voter Information Data File

This service provides information on requesting and purchasing voter and election information data.

Voter Registration

This service allows you to look up your voter registration status, register to vote, update your voter registration, or view information regarding voter registration.

Voter Registration Certified Copies

This service provides information on requesting a certified copy of your voting registration record.

Voter Registration Reports

This service allows you to view current voter registration numbers by State reporting district (updated weekly), and the Official Report of Voter Registration as required by and reported to California Secretary of State.

Voter Status Lookup

This service allows you to look up your voter registration status using the online Voter Status Lookup. Information provided includes:

  • Registered city
  • Registered political party
  • Voter registration status (e.g. pending, active, inactive)
  • Vote-by-Mail status
  • Vote-by-Mail information for most recent election (if applicable)
  • List of districts in which your residence is located

Voting - Military and Overseas Citizens

This service provides information about voting as provided by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and allows eligible voters to register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot as provided by the act.