RECORDING DIVISION FEE SCHEDULE
(Effective January 1, 2015)

Recording Fees (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).
1. 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 Ordinance 258-5 ) $10.00
2. Combined (multiple title) documents – each additional title) $15.00
3. Penalty Print (more than 9 lines per vertical inch or 22 characters per horizontal inch)

each page

$1.00
4. 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
5 Releases State and County Liens $13.00
  5a. Exceptions: Franchise Tax Board Out-of-State debtor $9.00
6. Notification of Involuntary Lien (Government Code 27297.5, 27387)  
  6a. First Debtor $6.00
  6b. Each additional debtor $2.00
7. Preliminary Change of Ownership (failure to file, R & T 480.3) $20.00
8. California Preliminary 20-Day Notice $22.00

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

1. Filing of forms prescribed by Secretary of State (two pages or less) $12.00
2. Filing of forms prescribed by Secretary of State (three pages or more) $ 22.00
3. Request for UCC Certificate (UCC11) $10.00

 

Maps (Government Code 27372)

1. First Page $10.00
2. Each additional page $2.00

The office carries three types of maps: block maps, parcel and condominium maps. For block maps, please provide the block number. For parcel and/or condominium maps always provide the book and page. Block maps are printed on 8 1/2 by 11 for a $3.00 fee per map. Parcel and/or condominium maps are printed on 18 by 24 for $5.00 the first page and $3.00 each additional page per map.

 

Copying & Certification Fees (Government Code 27366 , 27364)

1. 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
2. Certification, each document $1.00
3. Certified copy of Public Marriage License (H&S Code 103625) $15.00
4. Conforming copy surcharge (each) $1.00
5. Copies of recorded maps (1st page) $5.00
  5a. Each additional page of same map $3.00
**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 (Part III, Article 12C San Francisco Municipal Code)

Note: A Transfer Tax Affidavit must accompany all documents submitted for recordation in which transfer tax is due, or an exemption is claimed.

In order to record certain 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. 

Please also be advised that any information signed under 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.  

If entire value or consideration is ... Tax rate for entire value or consideration is ...
More than $100 but less than or equal to $250,000 $2.50 for each $500 or portion thereof
More than $250,000 but less than $1,000,000 $3.40 for each $500 or portion thereof
$1,000,000 or more but less than $5,000,000 $3.75 for each $500 or portion thereof
$5,000,000 or more but less than $10,000,000 $10.00 for each $500 or portion thereof
$10,000,000 or more $12.50 for each $500 or portion thereof

 

The first page for these types of documents costs $15 and each additional page costs $3. If the back side is not completely blank, the back side will be counted as a page. There is a surcharge of $3 for every page of a document in which any portion of the document is not 8 ½ X 11 inches. In addition, since these are involuntary liens, there is a notification fee of $6 for the first debtor and $2 for each additional debtor. Remember all pages are penalized even if just one page is not 8 ½ by 11 inches. If you are unsure as to what the cost is, please estimate a little more and write “amount not to exceed $________ (written in the PAYABLE TO area of the check)”and we can write out the exact amount for you to avoid having the document and check returned to you just because the check was not written out for enough money.

This is a document with two titles. It counts as if it is two documents for fee purposes. The first page of each of these types of documents costs $18. So multiply that by 2 for the two titles and the cost is $36. If there are any additional pages, please add $3 for each additional page. Remember all pages are penalized even if just one page is not 8 ½ by 11 inches. If you are unsure as to what the cost is, please estimate a little more and write “amount not to exceed $________ (written in the PAYABLE TO area of the check)”and we can write out the exact amount for you to avoid having the document and check returned to you just because the check was not written out for enough money.

If it is a deed that is subject to transfer tax, the first page is $15, and each additional page is $3. There is a surcharge of $3 for every page of a document in which any portion of the document is not 8 ½ X 11 inches. In addition, there is a $10 monument fee for any deed that is subject to transfer tax. The transfer tax must also be paid at the time of recording the deed.

On November 8, 2005, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance Number 258-05, the Monument Preservation Fund. The Ordinance established a $10.00 fee on the filing of each deed that is subject to transfer tax. The fee proceeds will be used for the Department of Public Works (DPW) to retrace and re-monument historic survey and monument lines in the City. California Government Code Sections 27584 et seq. authorizes the adoption and collection of this fee. The County Recorder's Office collects this fee at the time a deed is recorded along with other recording fees. Starting on March 13, 2006, in order to record the deed that you have submitted to the County Recorder's Office, an additional fee of $10.00 is due for each deed that is subject to transfer tax.

If it is a deed that is not subject to transfer tax, the first page is $18, and each additional page is $3. There is a surcharge of $3 for every page of a document in which any portion of the document is not 8 ½ X 11 inches.

This is a document with two titles. It counts as if it is two documents for fee purposes. The first page of each of these documents cost $15. So multiply that by 2 for the two titles and the cost is $30. If there are any additional pages, please add $3 for each additional page. There is a surcharge of $3 for every page of a document in which any portion of the document is not 8 ½ X 11 inches. Remember all pages are penalized even if just one page is not 8 ½ by 11 inches. If you are unsure as to what the cost is, please estimate a little more and write “amount not to exceed $________ (written in the PAYABLE TO area of the check)”and we can write out the exact amount for you to avoid having the document and check returned to you just because the check was not written out for enough money.

This is a document with 4 titles. It counts as if there are 4 documents for fee purposes. The first title (deed of trust) is one that costs $18. (see fee schedule item number 1) The remaining three titles costs $15 each (see fee schedule item number 2). So the base fee is $18+15+15+15=$63. If there are any additional pages, please add $3 for each additional page. There is a surcharge of $3 for every page of a document in which any portion of the document is not 8 ½ X 11 inches. Remember all pages are penalized even if just one page is not 8 ½ by 11 inches. If you are unsure as to what the cost is, please estimate a little more and write “amount not to exceed $________ (written in the PAYABLE TO area of the check)”and we can write out the exact amount for you to avoid having the document and check returned to you just because the check was not written out for enough money.

Yes, there is transfer tax because there is a change of proportional ownership when an individual is added to title. Transfer tax will be collected based on the fair market value of the property being transferred at the time of recording the deed. However, if you deem that it is a gift, then there is no transfer tax. Please see the Transfer Tax Affidavit in the forms section for more information regarding Federal Gift Tax. On the Preliminary Change of Ownership form, be sure to mark the gift box in part 2. In addition, on the Transfer Tax Affidavit form, mark the YES box in number 4 and completely fill out and sign the Transfer Tax Affidavit form.

Please note that our staff may not give you financial advice. Questions regarding gift tax should be directed to the Internal Revenue Service or your financial advisor. Please note that the Assessor-Recorder transmits deeds and tax affidavits for all claimed gift exemptions to the Internal Revenue Service on a quarterly basis.

(Note: Please see Forms/Attachments tab for the Transfer Tax Affidavit and Preliminary Change of Ownership forms.)

Yes, there is transfer tax because there is a change of proportional ownership when an individual is added to title. When you say you want to add your child to the title deed of your house, you are transferring a portion of what you own to him. Transfer tax will be collected based upon purchase price. If it is not a purchase, then it is based on the fair market value of the property being transferred at the time of recording the deed.

For example, you originally own the property 100% and you transfer 50% to your child. Let’s say the fair market value of the property being transferred is $600,050. 50% of $600,050 would be $300,025. Please note that it is necessary to round it up to the next $500, which would be $300,500, and the transfer tax would be $2,043.40.

However, if you deem that it is a gift, then there is no transfer tax. Please see the Transfer Tax Affidavit on the Forms/Attachments tab for more information regarding Federal Gift Tax. On the Preliminary Change of Ownership form, be sure to mark the gift box in part 2. In addition, on the Transfer Tax Affidavit, mark the YES box in number 4 and completely fill out and sign the Transfer Tax Affidavit form.

Please note that our staff may not give you financial advice. Questions regarding gift tax should be directed to the Internal Revenue Service or your financial advisor. The Assessor-Recorder transmits deeds and tax affidavits for all claimed gift exemptions to the Internal Revenue Service on a quarterly basis.

No, there is no transfer tax. Copies of trust and formation documents of legal entity (i.e. LLC operating agreement, Corporate By Laws/Minutes/Register, partnership agreement) to prove the claimed transfer tax exemption are always required.
Yes. 100%, because the proportional interests will not remain the same after the completion of the transfer, and therefore the parties do not qualify for ANY exemption.
Only original documents (or certified copies issued by the courts or other authorized custodians) are recordable. A conformed copy is a copy in addition to the original document that you provide to us at the time of submitting the original. The conformed copy has not been compared to the original. It is for us to stamp with the recording date and document number and it is given back to you immediately after the original is recorded. The original document will be sent in the mail approximately two weeks after the date of recording. The cost for a conformed copy is $1 each. Please remember that you will need to provide us with the copy. Or you may purchase regular copies or certified copies at a different cost. Please see fee schedule. Only our staff may issue certified copies and these are the best kind of copies you can get.