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Vision of the Office

To provide quality customer service by carrying out all mandated functions fairly, effectively, and efficiently.


Function of the office

The Recorder's Office places "of record" all documents required by law or allowed by law to be recorded in the Official Records. Over 300,000 such documents are recorded annually and are presented for recordation by title companies, banks, attorneys, corporations, political subdivisions and by the general public. These documents cover a wide range of over 168 different potential legal efficacies. After processing, the original document is mailed back to the party whose name and address is shown in the upper left corner as required by law.


Documents are recorded the same day up to 4:00 p.m. and documents tendered up to 5:00 p.m. are recorded the following business day. This allows for indexing, so that the parties and nature of all documents recorded appear the next morning on the computer screens used by the general public.


Computerized indexing is instantly available for all Official Records dating back to 1/1/1968. Volumes of hand written indexes are available dating back to 1851.


These documents are available for viewing and/or purchase of a plain or certified copy. A certified copy of any document in the Official Records of the County Recorder can stand in the place of the original and be given equal legal validity.


Since January 1995 the office of the County Clerk has been consolidated with that of the County Recorder. However, the functions in the combined office as they relate to the statutory role of the County Clerk are strictly non-judicial. All of the functions relating to the court are handled by the ex-officio County Clerk. That office is located in the County Courthouse, 222 E. Weber Avenue.


Functions of the County Clerk (non-judicial) include issuing marriage licenses, recording Notary Public bonds, filing of Fictitious Business names, environmental filings, and registration of certain professional classifications.





Recorder/County Clerk Office

44 North San Joaquin Street
Second Floor Suite 260
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 468-3939
Fax: (209) 468-8040