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Welcome to the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Website

Property tax law provides certain protections for applicable property when values decline under Proposition 8. We have put together a Prop 8 page which provides information, applications, and other useful links to answer many of your questions. Our goal as the A-C-R is to be proactive in recognizing reduction in property's value and ensure that no property owner pays more than their fair share of property taxes. Learn More



Documentary Transfer Tax/Exemptions

The Riverside County Recorder’s Office is pursuing Documentary Transfer Tax on unrecorded documents when there is a change in ownership, as defined by Revenue and Taxation Code 64 (c) and (d), if the transaction involves real property within Riverside County. In addition, the exemptions from paying the tax that are identified in the Ordinance have been clarified so that they mirror the California Revenue and Taxation Code. 

Click here to view the Notice Regarding DTT on Unrecorded Changes in Ownership.
Click here to view the Documentary Transfer Tax Information Sheet.
Click here to view the Documentary Transfer Tax Exemptions Pamphlet.

Should you have any questions regarding this matter, you may contact our office at (951) 486-7179.

Real Estate Fraud

The District Attorney has teamed up with the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder to help prevent real estate fraud. Property owners will be issued a Courtesy Notice when a deed, deed of trust or similar document has been recorded on any property in Riverside County. In addition, a Foreclosure and Loan Modification Advisory Letter will be issued when a Notice of Default has been recorded in Riverside County. Both will be issued within 30 days of document recordation. For more information please click here.

New Location for Wedding Ceremonies

Beginning Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, 2014 Riverside Assessor-Clerk-Recorder will add Palm Springs City Hall to the list of locations available for couples to marry.  Palm Springs City Hall is located at 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way.  Services at this location include issuing marriage licenses and performing ceremonies, and will be available every Friday from 9:00 AM 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 

Due to the volume of requests, appointments are required for civil marriage ceremonies. Appointments can be made by calling (760) 863-7505.

Please Note: For this location, payment may only be made by check or credit card (except VISA).  Cash will not be accepted.  For more information please click here.

Fictitious Business Name Affidavit of Identity Form Requirement (AB1325)

Effective January 1, 2014 pursuant to Assembly Bill 1325, The Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office will require a completed Affidavit of Identity form to accompany each new or refiled Fictitious Business Name Statement. (click here for more information & forms).

"Declare Your Love at Palm Springs City Hall"
As featured in the Desert Sun Newspaper

Supervisor John J. Benoit and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet collaborated with Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward to offer marriage license and ceremony services at Palm Springs City Hall. 

To read the full article, please click here.


Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and District Attorney Address Real Estate Scams

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and District Attorney's Offices have joined together in a combined effort to stop scam artists from victimizing homeowners. To read the interview with CBS Local 2 / KESQ, please click here.

Fees Increase for Vital Records

Pursuant to Health and Safety Codes 103625 and 100425, effective January 1, 2014, the fees for a certified copy of a Birth, Death, and Marriage certificate will increase. 

The fee increases are as follows:


Birth from $23.00 to $28.00
Marriage from $14.00 to $15.00
Death from $16.00 to $21.00

CEQA Filing Fees have been updated for 2014

The Department of Fish and Game has issued the 2014 California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) filing fees.  The new fees are effective January 1, 2014 pursuant to Fish & Game Code 713 which adjusts the filing fees annually based on changes to the Implicit Price Deflator for State and Local Government Purchases of Goods and Services as published by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  For more information and the table of fees, please click here.

New Desert Office Location

On Monday, November 25, 2013, the Indio office of the County of Riverside Assessor-Clerk-Recorder and the Palm Springs office of the County of Riverside Treasurer-Tax Collector moved to a joint office in the Coachella Valley.  Our new location, at 38-686 El Cerrito Road, Palm Desert, CA, offers the convenience of the following county services within a single facility:  property tax payments (personal check, cashier’s check or money order) and information; assessment valuation and exemption information; document recordings and vital records; marriage licenses and ceremonies.

Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund Fee

Important Update- Pursuant to Government Code Section 27388 and County of Riverside Resolution Number 2013-054, effective March 26, 2013, the Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund Fee will change from $3.00 to $10.00. For more information, please click here.

Recordings of Maps and Mylar Copies

Effective December 2, 2013, we will require only one original 18” x 26” mylar map for recording plus an additional $20 for the mandatory second  map copy which will be provided by the ACR.  There will be an additional $20 copy fee for each subsequent mylar map requested at the time of recording. The recording fees for maps will remain $10 for the first page and $2 for each additional page.  For more information, please click here.

2013-2014 Assessed Value Now Available

The 2013-2014 assessed value is now available here.

We are required to enroll the lower of either the property’s market value or the Proposition 13 factored base year value. (The Prop. 13 value is based on the market value of your property when it was acquired, plus any new construction, plus an inflation factor of no more than 2% per year.) For more information on Prop 13, please click here.

Larry Ward Talks About Property Values