Copies of recorded documents (Deeds, Liens, etc.) can only be ordered in person or by mail. Copies of recorded documents are $3.00 per page for pages 1 through 3. Additional pages beyond page 3 are $0.50 per page. Certification fee is $1.00 per document.

How to Obtain a Copy of a Recorded Document

Once your search is completed and you have located the document you need, you can obtain a copy by drop box or by mail:

By Drop Box

Download, complete, and put your request form in our drop box located outside City Hall at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (the box is in the window at the Grove Street entrance).   The drop box is checked daily and requests are taken directly back to Assessor-Recorder staff to process Monday – Friday 8AM – 2PM (last pick-up).  Please ensure that your request form and payment are securely packaged.   Copy fees are based on the number of pages per document.  Acceptable payments are pre-printed name and address (no Out-of-State P.O. Boxes), CA drawn bank check or money order/Cashier’s Check payable to the “San Francisco Assessor-Recorder”.


By Mail

Download, complete, and mail your request form to our main office. Requests by mail will only be accepted if a specific document number is provided (search https://recorder.sfgov.org for recorded documents for years 1990 to present. Any documents recorded prior to 1990 must be searched in person). Complete and send the Recorded Document Request Form By Mail along with payment.  Copy fees are based on the number of pages per document.  Acceptable payments are pre-printed name and address (no Out-of-State P.O. Boxes), CA drawn bank check or money order/Cashier’s Check payable to the “San Francisco Assessor-Recorder”.

If you are unsure of the number of pages within the document, you may write on your check, below the amount line, “NTE” for “Not To Exceed” and indicate a dollar amount. The Recorder staff will write in the exact amount in the dollar amount line and complete the second line on your check to indicate the exact amount to be charged to your bank account.