Each document presented for recording MUST include or comply with the following general requirements:
* CC - Civil Code, GC - Government Code, R&T - Revenue and Taxation Code
Documentary Transfer Tax is due on all taxable conveyances in excess of $100 at a rate of $.55 per $500 or fractional portion of real property value, excluding any liens or encumbrances already of record. Property located within the city of Riverside is taxable at a rate of $1.10 per $500 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, so indicate by entering "0" on the tax line, and provide a valid reason for exemption.
A Documentary Transfer Tax (DTT) Affidavit will be required to be completed and submitted with each document when Documentary Transfer Tax is being paid or when an exemption is being claimed from paying the tax. If a governmental agency is a party to the document, the form will not be required. Documentary Transfer Tax Affidavits are also available at all Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder branch offices, or will be mailed to you upon request by calling (951) 486-7000.
Note: If you do not have to pay Documentary Transfer Tax, you may have to pay a new state fee of up to $225 starting Jan. 1, 2018.
A Preliminary Change of Ownership Report is required by State law to be filed for all property transfers. A $20.00 fee will be charged if the completed form is not filed at the time of recording. If the form is not filed, the Assessor is then required to mail to the property owner a further request for the same information. This form is used to assist in the appraisal of the property and is not open for public inspection. Preliminary Change of Ownership Forms are also available at all Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder branch offices, or will be mailed to you upon request by calling (951) 955-6200.
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The "Recorder Sample Documents" below is a partial list of commonly used recording forms and a description of each. The descriptions are general and are not intended to be complete legal definitions. The forms are provided on this web site as a courtesy and as a public service for your convenience. We make no representation as to their suitability for your purposes. Other forms may be obtained from attorneys, real estate professionals, stationery or office supply stores or from other legal forms web sites. Our employees are precluded from providing legal advice and they cannot assist the public in the preparation of legal documents. 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. Click here for descriptions of the documents below.