The last 15-20 years have seen a steady and dramatic increase in the cost for recording real estate related documents in the state of California, owing in large part to the growing list of surcharges and add-on fees that are imposed at the time of recordation. That got some of us here at FCS thinking, “What ARE all of these surcharges?”  To answer this question, we analyzed a recent receipt for a recording in Los Angeles County and here’s what we found:
 
Total Fee for Recording the Document – $79.00
 
Fee Title
Charge
Description
Basic Recording Fee 
$10.00
Base fee for recording and indexing a document
Fraud Notification
$4.00
Additional charge imposed on recording of Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds and Deeds of Trust
D.A. Surcharge
$3.00
Additional charge for every real estate instrument, paper or notice except any deed subject to a documentary transfer tax
AB 1168 Redaction Fee
$1.00
Fee to have the document reviewed for and redacted of sensitive information such as social security numbers
Electronic Recording Fee
$1.00
Fee to raise funds to develop county electronic recording capabilities
Micrographics Fee
$1.00
Fee to have the document imaged
Days of Operation Fee
$1.00
Fee to cover the filing office hours of operation
Indexing
$1.00
Additional charge to index a document containing more than ten names
Additional Page Fee (Revenue)
$19.00
Fee for document containing additional pages
Additional Page Fee (State)
$19.00
Fee for document containing additional pages
Additional Page Fee (Improvement)
$19.00
Fee for document containing additional pages
 
Click here to view a copy of the actual receipt from the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder. 
 
New fees are surcharges are being implemented regularly throughout the state. First Corporate Solutions, your public records search and filing experts, monitor these changes and let our customers know when changes occur that will affect their due diligence budgets. Want to learn more about the FCS suite of county-level services? Contact us today at 800.406.1577 or info@ficoso.com.

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