Record a Document  

Document Recording 

The County Recorder, upon payment of proper fees and taxes, will accept any document which is authorized or required by California law to be recorded, if the document contains required information and if it is photographically reproducible.

The base recording fees are as follows:
 First page  $13    
 Each additional page $3    
 Combined document  $13    
 Conformed Copy   $1    
 Real estate fraud fee $3    
 Release of Governmental lien $11    
 Release of Governmental lien - each additional page  $3     
Please click here for a complete list of our 2015 fee schedule.  

All applicable fees must be paid at the time of recording.  Payment may be made in 
cash, personal check, cashier's check or money order payable to the Humboldt County Recorder.  We do not accept credit or debit cards as a form of payment. 

 Available Forms: 
 Information:

General Information:

   1.

Each document presented for recording must include or comply with California state law general recording requirements.  Click here for a list of Basic Recording Requirements. 

   2.

State law requires the transferee (buyer) of real property to file a completed Preliminary Change of Ownership Report concurrently with the recordation of any document effecting a change in ownership. If the form is not signed by the transferee and filed, the recorder will charge an additional fee of $20. For questions on proper completion of the form, please contact the Assessor’s Change of Ownership Department at (707) 445-7276.

 3.

 Before being accepted for recording, every document transferring an interest in real property shall have written upon its face a declaration stating the amount of Documentary Transfer Tax and the area in which the property is located. (See example)  The statement must be completed to show either the amount of Transfer Tax due, which is payable at the time of recording, or the word "None" or $0 and a valid Revenue and Taxation Code allowing for the exemption.  Applicable exemptions and requirements by California statute can be researched in Revenue and Taxation Codes 11921 through 11930.

Note: The Recorder's Office is prohibited from giving any legal advice and cannot assist the public in the preparation of legal documents. If you have any questions concerning which document form is appropriate to your transaction, or are in need of assistance in the preparation of that document, consult an attorney or obtain other professional advice. If you have any questions regarding the recording process, you may call (707)445-7593 or Toil free at (888) HUMB-REC.