Effective July 1, 1994 documents executed on or after July 1, 1994 must comply with the standard 8 ½" by 11" sheet and paper size to avoid penalty, and must not exceed 8 ½" by 14" . Any document including any sheet not exactly 8 ½" by 11" will cost the regular recording fee PLUS and ADDITIONAL $3.00 PER PAGE to record per Government Code 27361.1. Attached EXHIBITS should be on a separate page and properly marked. The first page should have a return address space on the top left that is 2 ½" down and 3 ½" across. On the top right, allow a blank space 2 ½" down and 5" across for the recording. If there is not enough space for the Recorders Stamp on the first page, an additional $3.00 will be charged for a COVER PAGE. This document is in Acrobat PDF format. which is placed on top of the document to provide the necessary space to accommodate the Recording Stamp. The title of the document shall appear on the first page immediately below the spaces reserved for the return address and the blank space for the recorder’s information. Click here for SAMPLE DOCUMENT.

Clarity is assured if you use:

Original documents, white paper (16 lb. Bond or heavier), BLACK ink in one color, and clear print. Be careful of dot matrix printers, FAX copies, dark backgrounds, variations in colored paper/ink, print/letters that run together, illegible Notary Seals, etc.

Documents are reviewed by trained examiners who rely on Federal and State Government Codes.

If you need to speak with the Recorder’s staff, call (619) 238-8158.