STAFF REPORTS

Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan has announced some fee changes in her office.

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, California Government Code section 27388.1 (SB2 – Building Homes and Jobs Act) requires documents accepted for recording at the Stanislaus County Recorder’s Office be charged an additional seventy-five dollars ($75) tax per title, unless exempted by statute.

The bill imposes a mandate on County Recorders to charge an additional $75 at the time of recording 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 transaction per parcel of real property, not to exceed $225.

Only an expressly limited number of statutory exemptions exist regarding the collection of this tax. When an exemption is applicable, a valid declaration of exemption must be placed on the cover page, prior to depositing with the County Recorder, otherwise the tax will be assessed and collected.

There are no increases on vital or marriage document fees. Continuing 2018 fees remain as follows: $28 Birth Certificate, $21 Death Certificate, $18 Fetal Death Certificate, $15 Marriage and Confidential Marriage Certificates, $76 Marriage License, $81 Confidential Marriage License.