San Mateo Quit Claim Deed
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San Mateo Quit Claim Deed



The Recorder preserves the official archive of documents relating to legally recordable transactions of events. The Recorder collects documentary transfer tax and conveyance taxes on property sales. Documents are recorded, indexed, digitally archived, and made available to the public. The Recorder’s Office is responsible for the recording of various documents, such as:



Court Decrees

Liens & Releases

Other documents that affect title to real property

By recording a document, the document becomes part of the public records of the County Recorder. The Recorder’s Office will assist the public with accessing this information. Copying and certification costs may apply.

Note: Please note that the Recorder’s Office is unable to give legal advice, such as, what type of document you need or how to complete a document. They recommend that you seek advice from an attorney or real estate professional before you record

How to Record A San Mateo Quitclaim Deed

You may record San Mateo Quitclaim Deed Forms in person or by mail

If recording in person, bring the original SAN MATEO QUITCLAIM DEED or a certified copy of an original document to the Recorder's Office, 555 County Center, First Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063 during business hours. If your Quit Claim Deed meets all of the requirements and you pay the proper fees, your document will be recorded while you wait. They recommend that you try to avoid recording during our busiest times (8:00 - 10:00 every day and all day on the last business day of the month). They will keep the document for processing as an image of the document is kept in the Recorder's Office permanent record historical collection where it becomes part of the public record. They will mail the original back to the name and address shown on the upper left corner of the first page. The original recorded Quit Claim Deed will be returned to you in approximately four to six weeks.

If submitting Quitclaim Deeds by mail, please include a check or money order for the amount of the appropriate recording fee.

Checks should be made payable to: San Mateo County Recorder.

Mail the document and payment to the :

Recorder's Office

555 County Center

Redwood City, CA 94063-1665

When your San Mateo Quit Claim Deed is examined, it will be either accepted or rejected for recordation. If it is rejected, your QUITCLAIM DEED (and payment) will be sent back unrecorded with an explanation of why it was rejected. Accepted documents will be processed as described above.

If you would like a conformed copy (proof of recording) sent back to you please include an exact copy of your document with a stamped self-addressed envelope.

How to Record A San Mateo Quitclaim Deed

Guidelines for Preparing Standard Quit Claim Deed Forms

Document Size

Paper sheets 8 1/2" x 11" in size are the standard size for recordable documents. (Government Code Section 27361.5)

Larger page sizes up to a maximum of 8 1/2" x 14" may be recorded for an additional fee of $3 per page (GC 27361). Sheets larger than 8 1/2" x 14" cannot be recorded

Paper Quality-
White, 16 lb. bond paper is preferred. Heavier paper is acceptable.

Print Requirements-
Black print on white paper is preferred. Type on the first page must be a minimum of 10 points in size. On subsequent pages, 8-point type is preferred, except where other requirements are established by statute.

Additional First Page Information

The tax statement address goes on the bottom of the first page of deeds. (GC 27321.5)

Reservation of Recorder's Space

A 2 1/2" x 5" space at the top right of the first page must be kept clear for the Recorder's use. This is a requirement. (GC 27361.6)

Quitclaim Deed Title

The Quitclaim Deed title shall appear on the first page, immediately below the spaces reserved for the return address and the Recorder. The space reserved for the return address and the Recorder's use is an area 2 1/2" deep extending the full width of the top of the page. (GC 27324)


A page margin at least 1/2" wide on both sides of the page is required on all pages. (GC 27361.6)

Return Mailing Information

The top left 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" space on the first page is to be used by the public for the return mailing address and identification of the person requesting the recording. (GC 27361.6)

In order for a Quitclaim Deed Form to be recorded, a Quitclaim Deed must:

Be authorized or required by law to be recorded. (GC 27201)

Meet statutory requirements for that document.

Be submitted with the proper fees and taxes. (GC 6301, 27201, 27361)

Contain sufficient information to be indexed. (GC 27201, 27288.1, CC etc)

Be photographically reproducible by microphotographic process. When the Quitclaim Deed text, including the notary seal, is not sufficiently legible the recorder may require the attachment of a legible copy to the original. The copy must be certified by the party creating the copy under penalty of perjury as being a true copy of the original (GC27201, 27361.6, 27361.7)

Top-of-Page Space Requirements

A separate first page may be used if the top-of-page space requirements cannot be met. These top-of-page requirements (Top Requirement)


Should be on separate pages and properly marked

Where to Get a San Mateo Quitclaim Deed Form;

A Quitclaim deed that meets the requirements can be purchased at

Other Recording Requirements

Property must be located in the county where the document is presented for recording. (CC 1169)

Document must be properly acknowledged, unless exempt. (GC 27201, 27289, 27282, 27285, 27287, 27288, CC 1189)

Documentary Transfer Tax Declaration must be completed and signed for all deeds.

Location of land transferred (incorporated city or unincorporated area) must appear on the face of the document. (R& T 11932)

Basic Recording Fees that can apply to your San Mateo Quit Claim Deed

• First page $9.00

• Each additional page $3.00

Penalty: Undersized print (per page) $1.00

Penalty: Oversized page (per page) $3.00

Combined Documents (per title) $9.00
Penalty: No Preliminary Change of ownership $20.00

statement Filed with Property Transfer

Additional Indexing: Notice (per group of 10 names

after initial 10) $1.00

Additional Indexing: Referenced Documents (per
reference) $1.00

Preliminary 20-Day Notice (record, notify filer) $84.00

Financing Statements / UCC (record)
• First page $9.00

• Each additional page $3.00

Involuntary Liens:

(1) Private/federal, affecting real property:

(a) Record and index lien:

(b) Supplemental fee to notify debtors (Government
filers exempt ): $7.00

• Each additional group of ten debtors $3.00

(c) Search files & certify findings (per debtor) $15.00

(2) State tax lien (in-state debtor): no fee

• Out-of-state debtor

Questions about Recording a San Mateo Quitclaim Deed:

Call 650 363 4500

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