Welcome to the Office of the Recorder

The County of San Benito's Office of the Recorder's is responsible for recording legal documents which determine ownership of real property and maintains files of birth, death and marriage records for San Benito County. All functions of the office are conducted under provisions of the State Constitution, State and County Codes. The recording operation in San Benito County serves the public and other County departments such as the Assessor, Health Services, Public Social Services and Regional Planning. Documents on file are vital to the real estate, legal and banking communities and the general economy of the County.

 

Helpful items to remember

Property Documents, Document Recording Services Documents may be presented for recording in person, by mail, or by a representative. The following are helpful items to remember when recording:

  • Documents must be recorded in the county where the property is located.
  • The legibility of a document is important to the quality of the permanent record.
  • Include the name of the party requesting the recording and a name and address where the document can be returned.
  • When recording documents affecting a change in the ownership of real property, include a completed Preliminary Change of Ownership Report. These forms can be obtained from the County Assessor's Office, as well as the County Clerk-Recorder's Office.
  • Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check, or money order.

Recording fees and payment information

Include the recording fees making checks payable to San Benito County Clerk-Recorder.  Mail to the following address:

  • San Benito County Clerk, Auditor & Recorder
  • County Courthouse Building
  • 440 Fifth Street - Second Floor, Room 206
  • Hollister, CA 95023
 

In the event of questions regarding the recording process, you may call (831) 636-4029 and speak to a document examiner.

Forms available for download

Office location, mailing and fax information

We are located at the following address:

  • San Benito County Clerk, Auditor & Recorder
  • County Courthouse Building
  • 440 Fifth Street - Second Floor, Room 206
  • Hollister, CA 95023
  • Telephone (831) 636-4046
  •  Facsimile  (831) 636-2939