Ordering a Copy of Real Estate Records

A recording reference is required for all copy orders. This may be a document number or book and page reference. The staff of the Recorder's office is not authorized to conduct searches for the public. For more information on how to search visit our Real Estate Records Index Search Guide.

If you do not have the recorded document information, you may look it up using the Real Estate Records Index (records since 1975) or the Historical Index (records from 1931 to 1974).

Copy Order Forms

Once you have the recording information for the document, please fill out an Real Estate Record copy order request form. Documents prior to 1975 will have a book and page number. Documents recorded from 1975 to present will have a document number that includes a year in the following format: sample 2017-1234567

Copies may be requested in person at either of our offices or through the mail. Visit our Contact Us page for information on office locations, hours, and mailing address.

Fees and Return options

Order Type - In Person, by mail, or by fax Fee Type Fee
Copy Order Per Document $10.00
Certified Copy Order Per Document $12.00

If you are requesting the document through the mail or by fax you must also choose a return method:

Return Method Fee Type Fee
First Class Mail Handling Fee Per Order $2.00
Returned USPS Express Mail Per Order $23.50

We do not accept USPS first class stamped, self-addressed envelopes as a return option.

For orders returned via USPS Express mail, our office may provide you with a tracking number upon request which can be used to track your shipment through the United States Post Office.

Payment Methods

We accept the following payment methods:
Check / 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).

Note: Although credit cards are accepted for fees, we do not accept credit cards for payment of taxes, such as Documentary Transfer Tax.

If sending the request by mail, please complete the Credit Card Authorization Form. We also accept cash in person. Please Do Not send cash through the mail.

Copies of Maps

Map copies can be downloaded and/or purchased from the County of Santa Barbara Surveyor's Office.

Visit the County of Santa Barbara Surveyor's Office for more information on Recorded Maps.