The Tamarack Fire has decimated the area and forced the evacuation of our offices in Markleeville along with everyone in the surrounding area. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragic wildfire. I'm presuming that it be some time before we'll be let back into the office since it will take time to restore the power and phones to our area. In the meantime, our email is functional and everyone is diligently working remotely to keep our office up and running. Please send all recordings via US Mail to P.O. Box 155 until the administration building reopens.
The administration building will reopen to the public as soon as possible. Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Alpine County is requiring everyone that isn't fully vaccinated and enters the building to wear a cloth face covering over their mouth and nose while in the building. Regardless of vaccination status, please sanitize your hands when entering the building.
If you have a document that you would like to submit for recording, prior to sending the hard copy, we recommend emailing our Recording Tech, Jeanette Millar, a copy of all the pages in the document, including the PCOR. She will review the document, make sure its recordable and will also provide you with the exact recording fee. This will save time and frustration by minimizing rejected documents. Documents will be recorded as soon as possible but may not be processed the same day as delivered.
Proposition 19 was passed by the voters of California on November 3, 2020 and changes the possible future tax obligations for children and grandchildren inheriting property after February 16, 2021. In addition, starting April 1, 2021, Prop 19 also affects disaster relief and the base year value transfers for people over 55 or disabled. Not all the details have been worked and may require additional legislation. For the current State Boards interpretation, Please refer to the State Board of Equalization's chart for more information. https://www.boe.ca.gov/prop19/
Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.
We will update this page as the situation changes.
Senate Bill (SB) 2 - Affordable Housing and Jobs Act Fee
Effective January 1, 2018, pursuant to SB2, documents accepted for recording at the Alpine County Recorder's Office may be charged an additional $75 fee as follows:
A fee of seventy-five dollars ($75) shall be paid at the time of recording of every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, except those expressly exempted from payment of recording fees, per each single transaction per parcel of real property. The fee imposed by this section shall not exceed two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225).
- This fee will be calculated per document, with a maximum of $225 based on the number of documents and titles.
The fee shall not be imposed on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer subject to the imposition of a documentary transfer tax as defined in Section 11911 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier.
- A declaration of valid exemption may be placed on the face of each document, or on a document cover page, which shall become part of the document, prior to depositing with the Recorder. If no valid exemption is declared, the fee will be assessed.
This requirement is being made in accordance with the legislative amendment of Government Code § 27388.1
Click here for a memo regarding the SB2 exemption options.
Click here for a sample cover sheet with the SB2 exemptions on it.
Click here to search for recorded documents online
Documents may be presented for recording to the Recorder's Office. Documents may be mailed or brought to the office for recording. All applicable fees must be paid at the time of recording. Each document presented for recording must include or comply with the following general requirements:
- The property must be located in Alpine County
- The document must be authorized or required by law to be recorded (GC 29201)
- The document must be submitted with the proper fees and taxes (GC 6103, 27201, 27261)
- The document must be in compliance with state and local laws
- The document should name the person requesting the recording (GC 27361.6)
- The document should state the name and address of whom the document should be returned. Fill in "recording requested by and mail to" (GC 27361.6)
- The entire document, including the notary seal, must be legible enough to produce a readable photographic record (GC 27201, 27361.6, 27361.7, and 8207)
- Signatures must be original unless the document is a certified copy issued by the appropriate custodian of the public record (GC 27201b)
- The document must be properly acknowledged, unless exempt (California requires an all-purpose acknowledgment) (GC 27201, 27289, 27285, 27287, 27288)
- The Assessor's parcel number is required on all conveyances by local ordinance (R&T code 11911.1)
- The document meets the criteria in Government Code 27361.6
- As of January 1, 2015, must meet AB 1050, an act to amend Sections 1189 and 1195 of the Civil Code, and to amend Section 8202 of the Government Code, relating to notaries public.
Forms may be obtained from attorneys, real estate professionals, stationery or office supply stores or from other legal forms web sites such as Sacramento Law Library. Our office is precluded from providing legal advice per Business and Professions Code 9125 and Government Code 24004 and they cannot assist the public in the preparation of legal documents. This prohibition includes offering any guidance as to what processes must be undertaken, how to complete the forms, or determining what forms are required in order to make any changes in the title to real property.
If you have questions concerning which document form is appropriate for your transaction, or if you are in need of assistance in the preparation of that document, you should consult an attorney or obtain other professional advice.
Recorder's Kiosk (by appointment only due to COVID-19)
We maintain a public Kiosk at our counter where you can view all recorded documents in digital format for free. The Kiosk is temporarily not accessible due to Covid-19 but is normally available during normal business hours.
Documentary Transfer Tax
Documentary transfer tax is due on all taxable conveyances in excess of $100 at a rate of $1.10 per $1,000, or fractional portion of real property value, excluding any liens or encumbrances already of record (R&T code 11911). Transfer tax is collected at the time of recording.
A documentary transfer tax declaration must be completed for all conveyances. If no documentary transfer tax is due, please indicate by entering "0" on the tax line and the appropriate Government Code supporting the reason no documentary transfer tax is due.
If a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report is required, but not completed, signed and submitted at the time of recording, an additional $20 will be due.
We will stamp and return a conformed copy for free if a self addressed stamped envelope and photo copy of the original document is included with the original for recording.
You may mail in your documents for recording with a check, cashiers check, or money order made payable to the Alpine County Recorder.
Our US Postal Service mailing address is P.O. Box 155 Markleeville, CA 96120
Or for overnight courier service, send to 99 Water Street Markleeville, CA 96120
Your request is processed upon receipt.
Please allow up to 45 working days to receive your original recorded document back in the mail.
The Office of the Recorder is prohibited from giving any legal advice or assisting in document preparation. We are also unable to provide notary services.
Recording hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - excluding holidays
General office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - excluding holidays