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Recorder Information

 IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Office of the Assessor-Recorder is experiencing a backlog in processing recorded documents mailed to our office. If your document requires immediate recording, we recommend bringing it to our office in person. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you record your documents through e-Recording, we ask that you continue to do the same.

Recording a Document

The Recorder performs the following functions:

  • Records documents related to real property
  • Maintains an index and issues copies of all recorded documents
  • Maintains an index of recorded documents and public marriage records

The Assessor-Recorder's Office will record only those documents as permitted by State law. Documents can only be recorded in City Hall, Room 190 at #1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. By State law, county staff is not permitted to give legal advice or to assist in document preparation. Forms and notary services are not available at this office, but can be obtained from a title company, bank, stationery store or a notary public. For more information, call (415) 554-4178.

RECORDING HOURS: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm



(Government Code 27360 et seq)

NOTE: All pages for recording must be 8 ½ x 11 inches. There is a surcharge of $3.00 per page for every page of a document in which any portion of the document is not 8 ½ x 11 inches (any page over 8 ½ x 14 inches will not be accepted for recording).

FEE Schedule Effective 02/15/2013


First page of a deed of trust, assignment of deed of trust, reconveyance, request for notice, notice of default, substitution of trustee, notice of trustee sale, notice of rescission of declaration of default, and any deed that is not subject to the documentary transfer tax (Government Code 27388)

$ 18.00

First Page of all other documents

$ 15.00

1a. Each additional page

$ 3.00

1b. Monument fee ( deed subject to the documentary transfer tax – City Ordiance 258-5 )

$ 10.00


Combined (multiple title) documents – each additional title)



Penalty Print (more than 9 lines per vertical inch or 22 characters per horizontal inch)
each page

$ 1.00


Documents requiring indexing of more than 10 names -

4a. Each additional 10 names

$ 1.00


4b. Each additional reference (Government Code 27361.2

$ 1.00


Releases State and County Liens


5a. Exceptions: Franchise Tax Board Out-of-State debtor

$ 9.00


Notification of Involuntary Lien (Government Code 27297.5, 27387)

$ 6.00

6a. First Debtor

$ 6.00

6b. Each additional debtor

$ 2.00


Preliminary Change of Ownership (failure to file, R & T 480.3)



California Preliminary 20-Day Notice


Financing Statements (UCC's) (Commercial Code 9403-9407)


Filing of forms prescribed by Secretary of State (two pages or less)

$ 12.00


Filing of forms prescribed by Secretary of State (three pages or more)

$ 22.00


Request for UCC Certificate (UCC11)


Maps (Government Code 27366 , 27364)


First Page

$ 10.00


Each additional page

$ 2.00

Copying & Certification Fees (Government Code 27366 , 27364)


Copies of records or papers on file (per page, retrieval by Assessor-Recorder staff, pages 1 through 3)

$ 3.00

1a. Each additional page

$ 0.50


Certification, each document

$ 1.00


Certified copy of Public Marriage License (as of 01/01/2010)

** Effective 01/01/2014, fee increased to $15.00



Conforming copy surcharge (each)



Copies of recorded maps (1st page)

$ 5.00

5a. Each additional page of same map


**Please note that on July 22, 2008, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance Number 080708, the Social Security Number Truncation Program Fee. Pursuant to Government Code section 27301, the Ordinance authorized the Assessor-Recorder of the City and County of San Francisco to collect an additional recording fee of one dollar ($1.00) for recording the first page of every instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded to be used solely for the implementation and ongoing operation of a Social Security Number Truncation Program. The fee authorized pursuant to the approved ordinance shall discontinue after December 31, 2017 unless reauthorized by the Board of Supervisors.

Transfer Tax

In order to record documents with the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder's Office, you must pay the documentary transfer tax at the time of recording if the tax is due.  Exemptions will only be made if the recording party falls under one of the documentary transfer tax exemptions.  If a party claims a documentary tax exemption, he or she will be required to provide written documentation substantiating the claimed exemption at the time of recording, otherwise the party will be required to pay the transfer tax.  If the recording party wishes to dispute the fee or is eligible for a refund, he or she will need to complete a Claim for Tax Refund form, which may be downloaded from our website.  After the Claim for Tax Refund form is completed, please return this form to the San Francisco Controller's Office, Claim Division, 1390 Market Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102-5402.

Please also be advised that any information signed under the penalty of perjury and recorded with the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder may be shared with the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service for taxation and verification purposes.

Effective December 17, 2010, the Transfer Tax Rates for the City and County of San Francisco are as follows:

Transfer Tax (Part III, Article 12CSan Francisco Municipal Code)

If entire value or consideration is...

Tax rate for entire value or consideration is...

A) More than $100 but less than or equal to $250,000

$2.50 for each $500 or portion thereof

B) More than $250,000 but less than $1,000,000

$3.40 for each $500 or portion thereof

C) $1,000,000 or more but less than $5,000,000

$3.75 for each $500 or portion thereof

D) $5,000,000 or more but less than $10,000,000 $10.00 for each $500 or portion thereof
E) $10,000,000 or more
$12.50 for each $500 or portion thereof

Additionally, Effective December 19, 2008, transfers of leaseholds with a term of 35 years or more will be subject to transfer tax.

Transfer Tax Affidavit (pdf)

Real Property Transfer Tax Ordinance

Last updated: 5/2/2014 3:19:19 PM