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County of Madera

California

About County Clerk – Elections Division

About County Clerk – Elections Division

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Elections is a division of the County Clerk-Recorder's office and is run by the County Clerk-Recorder. Listed below are some…

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County Clerk

County Clerk

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The County Clerk-Recorder is elected to office every four years, and is responsible for three distinct divisions: County Clerk, County…

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County Recorder

County Recorder

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This office records documents and files maps, and maintains cross-reference indices to these records. Documentary transfer tax is collected on…

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Legislative Changes

The items in the brief list below affect recorded documents in the Madera County Recorder’s Office. Please contact us if you need more information about these changes.

2017 Legislative Changes

SB 2: BUILDING HOMES AND JOB ACT

 SB 2 mandates that the County Recorder charge a $75 fee on every real estate instrument, paper, or notice submitted to be recorded in addition to any other recording fees to establish the Building Homes and Job Trust that will fund statewide affordable housing projects.  Documents that are statutorily exempt from paying recording fees would also be exempt from this fee.  Documents believed to be exempt from paying this fee must have a valid exemption on the face of the document, or on a cover sheet, prior to submitting with the County Recorder.  The following exemptions may apply:

·         A Documentary Transfer Tax (DTT) declaration stating that the transfer is subject to payment of the DTT including the amount of DTT to be paid at the time of recording; or

·         Exempt per GC 27388.1(a) (2): recorded concurrently “in connection with” a transfer subject to the imposition of DTT; or

·         Exempt per GC 27388.1(a) (2): recorded concurrently “in connection with” a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier; or

·         Exempt per GC 27388.1(a) (1): fee cap of $225 reached; or

·         Exempt per GC 27388.1(a) (1): document is not related to real property (ex. Bonds)

 Failure to include an exemption will result in the imposition of the $75 fee.  Fees collected are to be deposited

in the State and may not be available for refund. For more information refer to Government Code section 27388.1.

 2008 Legislative Changes

AB 1168: CHANGE AFFECTING SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS IN RECORDED DOCUMENTS

A new law in Chapter 627 of the Statutes of 2007 prohibits the recording of a document that contains more than the last four digits of a social security number. This law states that unless otherwise required to do so by state or federal law, no person, entity, or government agency shall present for recording or filing with a county recorder a document that is required by any provision of law to be open to the public if that record displays more than the last four digits of a social security number. For more information, see Government Code Section 1 7 9 8 point .8 9.

AB 886: CHANGE IN ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORMAT

Assembly Bill 8 86 Changes the format for a California Acknowledgment. This law in Chapter 399 of the Statutes of 2007 eliminates "personally known" as an element of identification on Certificates of Acknowledgment. For more information, see Section 1 1 8 9 of the Civil Code.

 

Rebecca Martinez Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar of Voters
Rebecca Martinez Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar
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Contact the Recorder

County Recorder
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
(559)675-7724
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The Recorder division is open Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.

Business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Documents are accepted for recording from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. only.


General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
559-675-7703
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311