Public Records Act Request Form (Clerk-Recorder)

Who can use this service?

Any person has the right under the state Public Records Act and the California Constitution to access public information maintained by local and state government agencies.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Clerk-Recorder's Fee Schedule. All payments are due at the time record reproduction is provided.

What is the process?

Step 1: Submit a Public Records Request

Submit your request in writing to the Clerk-Recorder office one of (3) three ways below:

Via US Mail:       Mail completed form to 1055 Monterey St, Suite D120, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Via Fax:              Fax completed form to (805) 781-1111
In Person:          Submit completed form to front counter staff

You may use the public records request form. The form assists Clerk-Recorder staff in identifying records or data you are requesting. If the Clerk-Recorder office does not maintain your requested records, the form will be forwarded to the correct department, to the extent known.

Step 2: Receive Response to your Public Records Act Request

A response will be sent to you within (10) ten business days of receipt of your request by the Clerk-Recorder office. In some instances, the Clerk-Recorder office may require up to an additional (14) fourteen days to respond as authorized by the Public Records Act.

The response letter will include information on how to receive the records, including any associated costs incurred with the request. 

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available anytime throughout the year at the Clerk-Recorder office in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero during regular business hours except during County-observed holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Public Records Act?

The California Public Records Act (Statutes of 1968, Chapter 1473; currently codified as California Government Code §§ 6250 through 6276.48) was a law passed by the California State Legislature and signed by the Governor in 1968 requiring inspection and/or disclosure of governmental records to the public upon request, unless exempted by law.

How long does it take for a response to my request?

A response will be provided within 10 business days of the receipt of your request. In some instances, the department may require up to an additional 14 days to respond, as authorized by the Act.

When can I inspect documents maintained in the Clerk-Recorder's Office?

Public records are open to inspection at all times during normal business hours.