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County of Alameda
Office of Melissa Wilk, Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder

Real Property Sales and Transfers- Fees
Basic Recording Fees

*Effective January 1, 2018, pursuant to Senate Bill 2 (SB2 - Building Homes and Jobs Act), Government Code Section 27388.1 will require that in addition to the recording fees, documents presented for recording at all County Recorders' offices statewide be charged an additional $75 per title up to a maximum of $225 per transaction, unless exempted by statute. Click here for more information related to SB2 fee exemptions.

Document Size Fees
The backside of a document page is considered an additional page. If any page of a document is not 8.5" x 11", then all pages of the document will be subject to a supplemental fee of $3.00 for each page. Pages larger than 8.5" x 14" will not be accepted.

Document Margin Requirements and Fees
Each document submitted for recording shall have at least a 1/2" margin on each vertical side. In addition, the top 2.5" of the first page (from the left to the right edges), shall be reserved for document return and recording information. The left 3.5" of this space is used by the public to show the recording requestor's name and the name and address to which the document is to be returned following recording. The remaining portion of the space is for the Recorder's recording label.

Sample Document Format (56Kb)**

In the event the first page or sheet of a document does not contain the above required space, a cover sheet must be attached to the front of the document. This page shall contain the requesting party information and shall reflect the title or titles of the document. There is an additional recording fee of $3.00 for this page. Checks should be made payable to the Alameda County Recorder.

Recording Cover Page (6Kb)**

Multiple Title Fees
The fee for documents with two or more titles is $89.00 per title, plus $3.00 for each additional page, plus any special title fee. As an example: a two page Substitution of Trustee and Reconveyance document would be $178.00 for the two titles, $10.00 for the special title (Substitution of Trustee) and $10.00 for the special title (Reconveyance) and $3.00 for the second page, for a total of $201.00.

Methods of Payment

  • Cash, Debit/ATM Card - In Person Only
  • Credit cards are not accepted for in person and mail requests.
  • Money Order, Cashier's or Traveler's Check - payable to: Alameda County Clerk Recorder
  • Personal, Company or Bank Check, preprinted with account holder's name and address - payable to: Alameda County Clerk Recorder. Out of country payments must be in U.S. dollars.
  • Credit cards (Master Card or Visa) are ONLY accepted for online copy request of Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates, Fictitious Business Name Statements, and Official Public Records.

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