Preliminary Change of Ownership Report (PCOR)

When recording documents affecting a change in the ownership of real property a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report must be filed with each conveyance in the County Recorder's office for the County where the property is located. If a completed PCOR is not filed there will be an additional $20.00 due at the time of recording. ( Revenue & Taxation Code 480.3).

The PCOR is not a public record. The original document will be filed with the Santa Barbara County Assessor's office.

Documents that require a PCOR:

  • Grant Deeds or Quitclaims Deeds involving a sale or transfer of property (includes partial transfers and life estates)
  • Mineral Deeds
  • Oil and Gas Leases, Amendments, Extensions and Assignments of Oil and Gas Leases, regardless of the term of the lease
  • Leases with a term of over thirty five (35) years, other than oil and gas leases
  • Lot Line Adjustment Deeds
  • Grant Deeds and Quitclaim Deeds between spouses (when they have different last names)
  • Grant Deeds and Quitclaim Deeds between parent and child or grandparent and grandchild
  • Warranty Deeds
  • Grant Deeds and Quitclaim Deeds granting or transferring life estates
  • Grant Deeds and Quitclaim Deeds where property is going into or out of a legal entity (i.e. LLC or Partnership)
  • Trust Transfer Deeds (into or out of a trust when it involves different names or variations to the name)
  • Statement of Partnerships (when it goes in and out of partnerships; different names of partners being added or deleted) and Amended Statements of Partnership
  • Trustee Deeds (foreclosures by the bank/beneficiary and those bought at auction)
  • Bills of Sale (U. S. Forest Service cabins, etc.)

Documents that do not require a PCOR:

  • Deeds to or from a city, county, state or federal agency
  • Grant Deeds and Quitclaim Deeds between Spouses (when names are the same or very clear on the document they are spouses; this includes Affidavits of Death of Joint Tenant and Inter-spousal Grant Deeds)
  • Certified copy of Articles of a legal entity from the Secretary of State
  • Grant Deeds and Quitclaim Deeds clarifying a name
  • Grant Deeds and Quitclaim Deeds correcting a name
  • Grant Deeds and Quitclaim Deeds where it is very clear on the deed what is transpiring (includes Affidavits of Death that immediately precede the Grant Deed or Quitclaim Deed)
  • Trust Transfer Deeds (where names are straight forward)
  • Easement Deeds
  • Court orders
  • Correction Deeds (when the Assessor requires the customer to correct the legal description, APN, etc.)
  • Affidavits of Death (for properties in a trust or from parent to child or grandparent to grandchild; the customer may file a Change in Ownership Statement-Death of Real Property Owner instead of a PCOR)
  • Affidavits of Death of Trustee (may file a Change in Ownership Statement-Death of Real Property Owner instead of a PCOR)
  • Affidavits of Death of Joint Tenant (may file a Change in Ownership Statement-Death of Real Property Owner instead of a PCOR)
  • Affidavits of Successor Trustee (may file a Change in Ownership Statement-Death of Real Property Owner instead of PCOR)
  • Affidavits of Change of Trustee (may file a Change in Ownership Statement-Death of Real Property Owner instead of PCOR)