Effective January 1, 2018, pursuant to Senate Bill 2 (SB2 - Building Homes and Jobs Act), Government Code Section 27388.1 will require that documents presented for recording at all County Recorders' Offices statewide be charged an additional seventy-five dollars ($75.00) fee per title up to a maximum of $225 per transaction, unless exempted by statute.
Government Code § 27388.1
"...in addition to any other recording fees specified in this code, a fee of seventy-five dollars ($75) shall be paid at the time of recording of every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, except those expressly exempted from payment of recording fees, per each single transaction per parcel of real property. The fee imposed by this section shall not exceed two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225). "Real estate instrument, paper, or notice" means a document relating to real property, including, but not limited to, the following: deed, grant deed, trustee's deed, deed of trust, reconveyance, quit claim deed, fictitious deed of trust, assignment of deed of trust, request for notice of default, abstract of judgment, subordination agreement, declaration of homestead, abandonment of homestead, notice of default, release or discharge, easement, notice of trustee sale, notice of completion, UCC financing statement, mechanic's lien, maps, and covenants, conditions, and restrictions."
Notice: Pursuant to Assembly Bill 110 "This bill would additionally exempt from this fee any real estate instrument, paper, or notice executed or recorded by the federal government pursuant to the Uniform Federal Lien Registration Act, or by the state, or any county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state. The bill would provide that these exemptions apply retroactively to any real estate instrument, paper, or notice executed or recorded by the federal government, or by the state, or any county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state on or after January 1, 2018. The bill would also state that the exemption for real estate instruments, papers, or notices executed or recorded by the state, or any county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state is declaratory of existing law."
For information on requesting a refund of SB 2 fees paid and exempt by AB 110 through April 30, 2018, please click on the link below.
Refund requests received after April 30, 2018 may need to be requested directly from the State Controller's Office.