Recording an Official Document

Recording an Official Document Resources
Commonly Recorded Documents»

What is the process?

Present Your Document for Recording

You can present your document for recording in one of two ways: 

  • In person - If your document meets all recording requirements and the proper fees are paid, your document will be recorded while you wait.  

  • By mail - mail your document and payment to the address below.  After examination of your document, it will either be accepted for recordation or returned for correction. If the document is returned a letter will be mailed to you outlining the reasons for rejection along with your document and payment.  

County Clerk-Recorder
1055 Monterey Street, Suite D120
San Luis Obispo CA  93408-3237

Clerk Records the Document

Once your document is accepted for recording and applicable fees are paid, we will place the recording reference information in the upper right hand corner of the first page of your document. The recording reference information contains the Official Document recording reference, the date and time of recording, and the associated fees paid for recording.

Scanning and Indexing

The Clerk-Recorder will retain your document for scanning and indexing. The original document will be mailed back to the address listed under "When recorded mail to:" usually within fifteen (15) to twenty (20) working days.

Who can use this service?

Anyone can use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Clerk-Recorder's Fee Schedule. Additional explanation of fees are listed in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this page.

When and where is this service offered?

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


Location, directions and hours of operation

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Frequently Asked Questions