This is a legal document that may be required by title companies or attorneys in order to make the death a matter of public record. The notarized document should be recorded in the San Diego County Recorder's Office with a certified copy of the death certificate. For recording information, please call (619) 238-8158.
To report the death of a property owner, you may fill out a Preliminary Change in Ownership Report and send it to the Assessor's Office with a copy of the death certificate. The death of a property owner is a change in ownership and may affect your property taxes. Failure to report the death may result in penalties. If the property is in a trust, you may want to review the trust papers with an attorney.
A change in ownership may result in an increase to your property taxes. If a transfer is between parent and child or between spouses, it may be excluded from reappraisal in certain circumstances. If you have any questions, please call (619) 531-5848.
In order to change the name as it appears on assessment records, a new deed should be recorded. Record the notarized deed in the San Diego County Recorder's Office along with a Preliminary Change in Ownership Report. For recording information, call (619) 238-8158.We recommend that you seek legal advice and assistance from an attorney before filling out documents that affect the ownership of your property.
Boats and aircraft are taxable and appraised annually at full market value. Their value is determined by reviewing purchase information and comparable sales. Information on their location and ownership is obtained from the State Department of Motor Vehicles, the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration, and on-site inspections of all marinas and airports. For more information, call (858) 505-6200.
Unlike real property, business personal property is appraised annually. The owners of all businesses must file a property statement each year with the Assessor's Office detailing the cost of all their supplies, equipment, and fixtures at each location. This is required unless the Assessor's Office has already established the taxable value of the business and sent out a Notification of Value Card. Business inventory is exempt from taxation. For more information, call (858) 505-6100.
Newly purchased manufactured homes, and those on permanent foundations, are subject to property taxes. As with real property, the assessed value of manufactured homes cannot be increased by more than 2% annually unless there is a change in-ownership or new construction. Older manufactured homes bought before June 30, 1980 are generally not subject to property taxes. They are licensed under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Housing and Community Development at (619) 645-2960.
This statement is required by State law to be filed with all property sales and transfers at the time of recording. If it is not filed, a $20 fee must be charged and the Assessor's Office will send out another statement to obtain the required information. This statement is used solely for appraisal purposes, and is confidential. For more information, call (619) 531-5848.
Between January 1 and April 30, a taxpayer may submit a written request to the Assessor, indicating their opinion of value and providing supporting documentation, such as comparable sales that occurred three months prior or three months after January 1, or a recent appraisal. For the appropriate form visit www.sdarcc.com or go to any of our branch offices.
The Assessor is required to complete the assessments for each calendar year by the following June 30th. For example, all transfers occurring between January 1 and December 31, 2008, must be completed by June 30, 2009.At the start of each new fiscal year, July 1, the Assessor's Office has 6 months, January 1 to June 30, of work to begin processing. After the Assessor's Office reassesses a property for a change in ownership, the information is sent to the Auditor/Controller and finally the Treasurer/Tax Collector's Office for processing of a refund or bill, whichever is appropriate. Therefore, a supplemental refund or billing may not be generated for several months after a change in ownership occurs. In general, reassessments due to a change in ownership are usually processed within 4 to 6 months.
A.) The existing tax bill is due and payable as billed.
State law requires the Assessor to reappraise property, immediately upon change-in-ownership or completion of new construction. The Assessor's Office must issue a supplemental assessment which reflects the difference between the prior assessed value and the new assessment. This value is then prorated based on the number of months remaining in the fiscal year ending June 30. This supplemental is in addition to the regular tax bill. To appeal a supplemental assessment, an application must be filed with the Clerk of the Board within 60 days from the mailing of the tax bill. For more information, call (858) 505-6262.
Copies of all building permits are sent to the Assessor's Office by the cities and County. If the construction is new (such as a room addition), a reappraisal is required. If the construction is for replacement, repair, or maintenance, a reappraisal is not required. In appraising new construction, the market value of the addition is determined and added to the value of the existing property. The existing property, however, is not reappraised. As with a change-in-ownership, the owner is notified of the new assessment and can appeal the value. For more information, call (858) 505-6262.
Under State law (Proposition 13), real property is reappraised only when a change-in-ownership occurs, or upon completion of new construction. Except for these two instances, property assessments cannot be increased by more than 2% annually, based on the California Consumer Price Index. The property tax rate is 1% plus any bonds, fees, or special charges.
If you are blind, disabled, or 62 years of age or older and on limited annual income, the State provides for partial reimbursement on the property taxes on your home. Filing for this program will not result in a lien being placed on your property.
For more information and the necessary application, call the State Franchise Tax Board (toll free) at 1-800-868-4171 or visit them on the web at www.ftb.ca.gov.
If you are blind, disabled, or 62 years of age or older and on limited annual income, you may defer the property taxes on your house, condo, or manufactured home. This deferred payment is a lien on the property and generally becomes due upon sale, change of residence, or death.
For more information and the necessary application, call the State Controller's Office (toll free) at 1-800-952-5661 or visit them on the web at www.sco.ca.gov.
Senior citizens 55 years or age or older, and those who are severely and permanently disabled, can buy a residence of equal or lesser value than their existing home and transfer their current taxable value to their new property. This provides property tax relief for seniors and the disabled by preventing a tax increase if they sell their existing home and buy another. For more information, call (619) 531-5481.
Veterans of the United States military who are rated 100% disabled as result of a service-connected disability, or who are compensated at 100% due to unemployability. For more information, call (619) 531-5773.
New construction may be excluded from a supplemental assessment. The property must be for sale and unoccupied, and the builder must file a claim form with the Assessor's Office for any development of four units or less prior to or within 30 days from the start of construction. As of January 1, 2006 developments of more than four units automatically qualify for this exemption as long as the property is for sale and unoccupied. For more information call (858) 505-6262.
If you own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence on January 1, you may apply for an exemption of $7,000 off your assessed value for an annual savings of approximately $70 on your property taxes. New property owners will automatically receive an exemption application. A homeowners' exemption may also apply to a supplemental assessment. For more information, call (619) 531-5772.
Property destroyed by a calamity (i.e., fire) may be eligible for property tax relief. In such cases, the Assessor's Office will immediately reappraise the property to reflect its damaged condition. In addition, when it is rebuilt in a like or similar manner, the property will retain its previous taxable value. To qualify, you must file a calamity claim with the Assessor's Office within 12 months, and the loss must exceed $10,000 in value. For more information, call (858) 505-6262.
The transfer of real property between parents and children can be excluded from reappraisal for property tax purposes. The principal place of residence and up to a maximum of $1,000,000 in assessed value of any additional property may be transferred without a tax increase. An application must be filed with the Assessor's Office to determine eligibility for this exclusion. For more information, call (619) 531- 5848.
Property used exclusively for religious worship, colleges, cemeteries, museums, schools, or libraries may qualify for an exemption from property taxes. Properties owned and used exclusively by a nonprofit religious, charitable, scientific, or hospital corporation are also eligible for an exemption. For more information call (619) 531-5763.
Yes. For your convenience there is a notary located in Room 402 of the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego.
Wills are filed with Clerk of Superior Court after death of the person who made the will. State law does not permit us to record wills.
State law requires that we collect this tax for the county and cities on documents transfers. Documentary Transfer Tax is collected on all real property transfers when the value (or consideration) exceeds $100.00. The tax is based on the value (or consideration), minus any existing liens or encumbrances, at a rate of $.55 per $500.00 or fraction. (Revenue & Taxation Code 11911)
State law prohibits us from providing assistance or advice in the preparation of legal documents. Most office supply and stationery stores carry legal documents that may fit your situation. You may contact your legal advisor for assistance in the preparation of your document. (Bus & Prof Code 6125)
State law prohibits us from providing assistance or advice in the preparation of legal documents. You may contact a legal aid service listed in the yellow pages and or your legal advisor for assistance in completing legal documents. (Bus & Prof Code 6125)
You may record your documents at the following locations:
The Assessor's Office prepares and maintains over 27,000 maps delineating every parcel of property in the County. These parcel maps serve as a basis for all property assessments, and are continuously updated to reflect new subdivisions and surveys. These maps are available for review and purchase at the Assessor's San Diego Office or click here. For more information, call (619) 531-5588.
The Assessor's Office provides a public information service to assist taxpayers with questions about property ownership and assessments. Property ownership information is available for all properties in the County. It is available over the phone or in person at all Assessor's branch offices.
You must contact the state or county in which the event took place.
If you apply for your certificate in person, in most cases it takes approximately 15 minutes. If you order by regular mail, it takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks.
A. Birth certificates are $28.00 each.B. Death Certificates are $21.00 each.C. Marriage certificates are $15.00 each.
You may obtain a certified copy of your vital record from any of our office locations. California State Law, Health and Safety Code, Section 103526, permits only an authorized person to receive a Certified Copy of a vital record. This legislation requires notarization of applications for these records when requested by mail.
1. Yes, phone lines are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Please call (619) 237-0502 to schedule an appointment.
No. In California, there is no blood test requirement
Any business using a fictitious business name must file a statement.
Yes. All new filings must be published. A list of approved newspapers will be given to you at the time of filing.
Yes. A fictitious business name expires in 5 years. However, if a business address or the ownership changes, the statement expires and a new one with the current information must be filed.
The fee is $42.00 for one owner and one business name. There is also a fee of $5.00 for each additional business name or owner name.
The Name Equality Act of 2007 (AB 102, Chapter 567, Statutes of 2007 amended by AB 1143, Chapter 512, Statutes of 2009) allows one or both applicants for a California marriage license to elect to change the middle and/or last names by which each party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage.
One or both applicants to a California marriage may elect to change the middle and/or last names by which each party wishes to be known after they are married by entering the new name, as applicable, on the marriage license application.
NOTE: Parties to the marriage may not change their first name on the marriage license. Parties to the marriage may not add or amend this information after the marriage license is issued unless it is a clerical error and the amendment is signed by the county clerk or his or her deputy and one of the parties to the marriage.
Parties to the marriage are not required to change their name, nor, are they required to have the same name.
If one or both parties do not wish to identify a new name on the marriage license, the fields on the marriage license will be completed using two single dashes.
You may not change the information on the marriage license after it has been issued by the County Clerk.
The marriage certificate is used by multiple local, state, federal and private agencies, each of which have different requirements regarding what documents are acceptable to change your name on their records following marriage. It is recommended that you contact these agencies to verify their requirements prior to applying for your marriage license.
County Clerk staff cannot provide you information on how to complete the marriage license application as it relates to the entry of a new name or retention of your former name on the marriage license application. For your protection, if you have any questions regarding whether you should or should not list your new name on the marriage license application, and/or how the Name Equality Act of 2007 may affect you, please consult with a private attorney prior to applying for your marriage license.
This law applies only to marriage licenses issued on or after 01/01/2009. Marriage licenses issued prior to 01/01/2009 are not covered under the Name Equality Act.