Property Document

The Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department will close all of its office locations to the public, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

All over-the-counter document recording services are suspended until further notice. Recordings can be submitted via mail using the U.S. Postal Service, UPS or FedEx.

All authorized SECURE electronic recording submitters can continue to submit documents electronically.
Attorney service document recording drop-offs and pick-ups are suspended until further notice.

If you have any questions, call us at (714) 834-2500, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Thank you!

Document Recording Services

NOTICE: Please click here to learn about new recording requirements regarding minor changes to recorded documents effective January 1, 2017

Documents may be presented for recording by mail, FedEx or UPS. Please note the following:

  • Documents must be recorded in the county where the property is located.
  • The document should be legible.
  • Please include the name of the party requesting the recording, and a name and address where the document should be returned.
  • Please include a completed Preliminary Change of Ownership Report when recording documents affecting a change in the ownership of real property. These forms can be obtained from the Clerk-Recorder and Assessor Departments.
  • Payment can be made by check, cashier's check, money order only. Make checks and money orders payable to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Mail your payment to the following address:  

Orange County Clerk-Recorder
County Administration South
Attn: Recorder Operations
601 N. Ross Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

The office of the Orange County Recorder/Clerk cannot provide legal advice to the public and cannot assist the public in the preparation of legal documents. If you have any questions concerning which document form is appropriate to your transaction, or are in need of assistance in the preparation of that document, consult an attorney or obtain other professional advice

Questions? Call (714) 834-2887 to speak to a document examiner.

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