Clerk-Recorder Fees

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All fees shown are for transactions completed in person in one of our offices. Additional mail handling fees may apply for services marked with a *.

Document Recording Fees

Base Recording Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Base Fee Per document where all pages measure 8-1/2" x 11 (GC 27361, 27397, 37361.4) $14.00
Each Additional Page per additional page (GC 27361) $3.00
Building Homes & Jobs Act Fee Per Document Title, fee will be charged at the time of recording/filing any real estate instrument, paper or notice except those expressly exempted. The fee shall not exceed $225.00 per transaction. Building Homes & Jobs Act . (GC 27388.1) $75.00
Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund Fee Per Document, when a document evidencing a Real Estate Instrument is presented for recordation, an additional recording fee is charged (GC 27388). $10.00
Combined Documents Whenever two or more instruments, papers, or notices are serially incorporated on one form or sheet, or are attached to one another, except as an exhibit marked as such, each instrument, paper, or notice shall be considered to be a separate instrument, paper, or notice for the purpose of computing the recording fee.( GC 27361.1) varies

Additional Recording Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Transfer Tax Documentary Transfer Tax Affidavit is required if Transfer Tax is not being paid. (Tax Rate RT 11911) $0.55 per $500
Nonconforming Fee Each page when document (signed on or after 07/01/1994) contains any page(s) not 8.5 by 11 inches in size (not to exceed 8.5 by 14 inches) (GC 27361) $3.00
Indexing Fee
(more than 10 names)
Where additional names are required to be indexed, there will be a charge for each group of 10 names or fractional portion thereof after the initial group of 10 names. (GC 27361.8) $1.00
Indexing Fee
(more than 1 recording reference)
Per reference (after the first one), which requires additional indexing. (GC 27361.2) $1.00
Monument Survey See Monument Survey Guidelines and Monument Survey Fee Schedule (GC 27585) $10.00
Preliminary Change of Ownership Report
(Fee in Lieu of)
When a document evidencing change of ownership is presented for recordation without the concurrent filing of a preliminary change of ownership (PCOR) , an additional recording fee is charged (RT 480.3b) $20.00
Penalty Print Consists of wording added to the printed form that is spaced either more than nine lines per vertical inch, has more than 22 characters and spaces per inch measured horizontally, for not less than three inches in one sentence. (GC 27361) $1.00
Preliminary 20 Day Notice $42.00

Lien Recording Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Involuntary Lien (abstract of judgement) 1st page, include lien notification $40.00
Involuntary Lien (abstract of judgement) each additional page $3.00
Involuntary Lien (abstract of judgement) each additional debtor $7.00
Release of Lien, encumbrance of notice executed by the state or any municipality, county, city, district or other political subdivision $12.00
Release of Lien, encumbrance of notice recorded in ERROR by the state or any municipality, county, city, district or other political subdivision $0.00
Federal Tax lien or release includes notice of lien or certificate, or notice affecting lien $14.00
Release of Judgment in favor of a government agency $12.00
Building Homes & Jobs Act Fee Per document, fee will be charged at the time of recording/filing any real estate instrument, paper or notice except those expressly exempted. The fee shall not exceed $225.00 per transaction. Building Homes & Jobs Act . (GC 27388.1) $75.00

Financing Statement Recording Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
UCC-1 & UCC-3 1-2 pages Per document (GC 27388,12194, 27397) $21.00
UCC-1 & UCC-3 3 or more pages Per document (GC 27388,12194, 27397) $31.00
Building Homes & Jobs Act Fee Per document, fee will be charged at the time of recording/filing any real estate instrument, paper or notice except those expressly exempted. The fee shall not exceed $225.00 per transaction. Building Homes & Jobs Act . (GC 27388.1) $75.00

Map Recording Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Recording or Filing, and indexing each Map 1 page, subdivision and parcel maps $49.00
Recording or Filing, and indexing each Map 1 page, all other maps $35.00
Building Homes & Jobs Act Fee Per map, fee will be charged at the time of recording/filing any real estate instrument, paper or notice except those expressly exempted. The fee shall not exceed $225.00 per transaction. Building Homes & Jobs Act . (GC 27388.1) $75.00
Each Additional map page per each additional page; all maps $7.00
Map Certification per map $9.00

Real Estate/Official Record Copies and Certification Fees*

Real Estate/Official Record Copies and Certification Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Official Record Copy hardcopy, per document (GC 27364) $10.00
Official Record Certification signed official seal; per document (GC 27364) $2.00
Conformed Copy $2.00
Certified Copy of DD214 for Military Personnel discharge, certificate of service, certificate satisfactory service, report of separation, or notice of separation $0.00
Digital Images of Official Records subscription service to FTP site; fee per business day $33.00
When ordering copies by mail you must choose a return method and include the additional mail fee in your payment.
Return Method Type of Fee Fee
USPS First Class Mail Per Order $2.00
USPS Express Mail Per Order $23.50
Express Mail handling fee – If customer provides a pre-paid express mail envelope Per Order $5.00

Vital Records (Birth, Death and Marriage) Fees*

Vital Records Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Birth Certificate Certified Copy Public $28.00
Birth Certificate Certified Copy Government $19.00
Birth Certificate Certified Copy Childrens Support Enforcement by District Attorney $0.00
Death Certificate Certified Copy Public and Government $21.00
Fetal Death Certificate Certified Copy Public $18.00
Marriage Certificate Certified Copy Public $15.00
Marriage Certificate Certified Copy Government $11.00
When ordering copies by mail you must choose a return method and include the additional mail fee in your payment.
Return Method Type of Fee Fee
USPS First Class Mail Per Order $2.00
USPS Express Mail Per Order $23.50
Express Mail handling fee – If customer provides a pre-paid express mail envelope Per Order $5.00

Marriages Fees

Marriage License Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Public Marriage License GC 26840.3 & 26840.7) $100.00
Confidential Marriage License (GC 26840.1, 26840.3 & 26840.8) $111.00
Marriage Declaration Santa Barbara County $110.00
Marriage Declaration Other County $121.00
Non-Clergy Marriage License $105.00
Expedite Recording $12.00
Duplicate Marriage License (FC 360(c)) $56.00
Amendment to Public Marriage within 1 year of ceremony $0.00
Amendment to Public Marriage 1 year or more after ceremony, filed with State of California, $20.00 filing fee paid to State $0.00
Amendment to Confidential Marriage in addition to copy order fee $35.00

Ceremony Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Marriage Ceremony Reservation Non-refundable $23.00
Civil Marriage Ceremony at Clerk-Recorder's Office (GC 26861) $104.00
Civil Marriage Ceremony Sunken Gardens or Mural Room (GC 26861) $116.00
Marriage ceremony Witness Fee at Clerk-Recorder's Office (GC 54985) $51.00
Notary Public Application/Renewal Approval to Authorize Confidential Marriages $300.00
Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages Oath and Appointment (GC 54985) $51.00

Fictitious Business Names Filing Fees*

Fictitious Business Name Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
New or Renewal Filing 1 business name and 1 registrant (BPC 17929(a)) $47.00
Additional Business Name Additional fee per each additional business name $5.00
Additional Registrant Additional fee per each additional registrant (BPC 17929(b)) $5.00
Abandonment/Withdrawal Filing Per Filing (BPC 17929(c), BPC 17929(d)) $30.00
Regular FBN Copy Per Copy without Search $5.00
Regular FBN Copy Per Copy with Search $12.00
Certified FBN Copy Per Copy without Search (BPC 17926(b)) $7.00
Certified FBN Copy Per Copy with Search (BPC 17926(b)) $14.00
Search Fee Per Search $7.00
FBN List Monthly CD, additional mail fees apply $51.00
FBN List hard copy list, additional mail fees and per page copy fee $.05 $12.00
When ordering copies by mail you must choose a return method and include the additional mail fee in your payment.
Return Method Type of Fee Fee
USPS First Class Mail Per Order $2.00
USPS Express Mail Per Order $23.50
Express Mail handling fee – If customer provides a pre-paid express mail envelope Per Order $5.00

Miscellaneous Clerk Filing and Registration Fees

Notary Public Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Notary Public Bond Filing Plus recording fees (see County Recorder – Recording Fees section). (GC 26849.1) $37.00
Notary Certificate of Filing includes search $14.00
Notary Journal Receipt If Requested $2.00
Notary Journal Search $9.00
Notary Journal Copy per page copy fee $0.50

Domestic Partnership Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Domestic Partnership Filing Includes certificate $49.00
Amendment or Termination Filing $32.00
Certificate Copy $12.00
Re-Issuance of a Domestic Partnership Certificate $30.00

Surety Filing Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Power of Attorney Filing cancellation/revocation/withdrawal/annulments (GC 26855.1, 26855.3) $12.00
Power of Attorney Filing per each additional name designated $2.25
Financial Statement Filing per filing (GC 26855.2) $14.00
Certificate of Authority Filing per filing $14.00

Registration Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Process Server Registration and ID Plus recording fees, see Document Recording Fees section (GC 26849.1) (BPC 22352 – 22353) $114.00
Professional Photocopier Registration Plus recording fees, see Document Recording Fees section (GC 26849.1) (BPC 22453 - 22453.1) $175.00
Professional Photocopier Registration If also a process server. Plus recording fees, see Document Recording Fees section (GC 26849.1) $100.00
Unlawful Detainer / Legal Document Assistant Plus recording fees, see Document Recording Fees section (GC 26849.1) (BPC 6404, BPC 6405(c)) $175.00
Additional ID Cards per card $14.00
Additional laminated ID Cards per card $19.00
Canceling, Revoking, or Withdrawing per registration $21.00

Miscellaneous Clerk Filing, Copy and Certification Fees

Fee Title Detail Fee
Clerk file copy per record, includes search; additional $0.50 per page copy fee $12.00
Clerk Certification signed official seal (GC 26833) $2.00
Clerk Translation Verification $23.00
Clerk Filing Confirmation Certificate $14.00
Public Official Certificate Notary Public Verification; Certificate to Official Capacity (GC 26852) $14.00
Miscellaneous Clerk Filing and Indexing For which a charge is not elsewhere provided, other than papers filed in actions or special proceedings, official bonds or certificates of appointment (GC 26850) $16.00

Payment Methods

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Check or Money Order: Please make payable to "Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder"
  • Money Order: Please ensure that all information on the Money Order is completed
  • Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover (American Express NOT accepted)
    If sending the request by mail please complete Credit Card Authorization Form
  • We also accept cash in our offices, please do not send cash through the mail

A $49.00 NSF fee added for any check that is returned without payment

Code References

  • BPC California Business and Professions Code
  • FC California Family Code
  • GC California Government Code
  • RT California Revenue and Taxation Code
  • UCC Uniform Commercial Code