How to Record a Document
You may record documents by mail, Fed-Ex or UPS.
If your document meets all of the requirements and you pay the proper fees, your document will be recorded while you wait.
We will keep the document for processing as an image of the document is kept in the Recorder Division permanent record historical collection where it becomes part of the public record. We will mail the original back to the name and address shown on the upper left corner of the first page. The original recorded document will be returned to you in approximately four to six weeks.
If submitting documents by mail, please include a pre-printed check or money order for the amount of the appropriate recording fee. Checks should be made payable to: San Mateo County Recorder.
Mail the document and payment to the:
555 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1665
When your document is examined, it will be either accepted or rejected for recordation. If it is rejected, your document (and payment) will be sent back unrecorded with an explanation of why it was rejected. Accepted documents will be processed as described above.
If you would like a conformed copy (proof of recording) sent back to you please include an exact copy of your document with a stamped self-addressed envelope.
To find the fee for your filing or copying, go to
the Recorder’s Fee
Before recording a document, use these linked pages for important information.