Recorded Documents

The County Recorder manages and protects public records including records related to land ownership and records of birth, death and marriage. 

Land Records

The Inyo County Recorder has maintained copies of all recorded land transaction since the county was formed in 1866. The County Recorder is responsible to preserve this information permanently. Recording land ownership documents is not a legal requirement. However, recording your documents with the Country Recorder creates a permanent record of your homeownership even if your original documents are lost or stolen. 

What documents can be recorded?

There are very specific legal requirements to record documents in the State of California. Generally, any document signed by a person or persons transferring the ownership of land or creating a debt or duty in property can be recorded as long as it is in the proper format. The recorder's office cannot give legal advice on how to complete a form but we can assist you with your questions on whether or not a document may be recorded.

Effective January 1, 2015, all documents required to be acknowledged in the State of California must have the following specific California acknowledgment form.

What is the cost to record a document?

Documents that transfer title have additional recording fees and requirements. Any document that transfers title must have a Preliminary Change of Ownership attached or there is an additional $20.00 penalty fee due at the time of recording. In addition, if the property is being transferred for money or other consideration, a transfer tax of $0.55 per every five hundred dollars, or fractional part thereof paid is also due. If you are not sure if a transfer tax is owed, please review the Inyo County Transfer Tax Guideline.

Effective January 1, 2018, pursuant to SB2, documents accepted for recording at the Inyo County Recorder's office may be charged an additional $75  tax. 

The County will accept valid declarations of exemption on the face of each document where applicable.

Regular recording fees for the first page (limited to 8 1/2" X   11" paper)
Recording fee for each additional page
Penalty for pages other than 8 1/2" X 11". This fee is applied to every page in the entire document, even if only page is the incorrect size.
Combined documents. This fee is applied only to the first page. There is no additional cost for additional pages
Penalty for recording transfer documents without a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report
Fee for indexing additional mining claim names (does not include the first mining claim name). Mining claims that are grouped together, i.e.. Gold claim #1, Gold claim #2, & Gold claim #3 are indexed as one item "Gold Claim 1-3" and are not charged the additional indexing fee.
Release of a government lien for the first page
UCC Filing  that is 1-2 pages
UCC Filing that is 3 or more pages
Map recordings for the first page
Map recording fees for additional pages
Fee to send a notice of an involuntary lien. This fee applies to each debtor address noticed.
***Effective January 1, 2018

Use this guide to determine if the $75 tax will be assessed to your transaction: Inyo County SB 2 Tax Fee Guide

Fee applies to all documents, with the exception of

  • Exemption for documents that are subject to Documentary Transfer Tax. 
  • Exemption for documents recorded “in connection with” a transfer of real property that is subject to Documentary Transfer Tax.
  • Exemption for transfers of residential dwelling to an owner-occupier. 
  • Exemption for document recorded “in connection with” a transfer of a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier
  • Not related to real property

An Exemption Form is not required but, if submitted with your document, it could expedite your recording.  
$75.00, per parcel, per transaction with a cap of $225.00

For a complete list of recording fees please view our fee schedule.

How do I find or request a copy of a document?

You may search the online index of recorded documents from 1982-current for no cost.

To request copies of documents contact our office.

How do I find a copy of a Recorded Map?  

You can view Recorded Maps using Assessor's Parcel Numbers for no cost. 

How can I find out where a plot of land is located?

You may search our GIS database using an address or Assessor's parcel number.


Affidavit of Assessment Work

Notice of Intent to Hold

Preliminary Change of Ownership Report

DD-214 Military Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Discharge documents are confidential and are not available to the general public
To obtain a certified copy of a military discharge form DD-214, you must be authorized under Section 6107 of the Government Code. Those qualified to receive a copy of a veteran's DD-214 are:

If requesting your copy in person, you will be asked to complete the application for a copy of a military discharge and present a valid government issued ID.​
If requesting a copy via fax, email, or regular mail, the request for a copy of a military discharge must be acknowledged by a Notary Public.
There is no cost for Certified Copies of a Military Discharge DD-214.

Birth, Death and Marriage records

How do I order a copy of a Birth Certificate?

How do I order a copy of a Death Certificate?

How do I order a copy of a Marriage Certificate?