General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Recorder Clerk

Official Records


  • Schedule an Appointment in our:

           Placerville Office

           South Lake Tahoe Office

Click Here to Search the "El Dorado County Official Records Index" - For Instructions on how to place copy orders, please read the directions below.

Question 1 - How do I go about recording a document? 

The Recorder-Clerk does not provide blank documents for recording, please visit for recording forms or contact a local attorney.  

Documents are recorded daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  You may bring your document into our Placerville office and it will be recorded the same day if recording requirements are met and applicable fees paid.  The original document will be mail back to you at a later date, usually 2-3 weeks.  

See below for our recording forms:

Question 2 - Do I need an attorney to record a document?
No, although we strongly recommend that you seek legal advice before recording any document affecting title to property.

Notice Regarding Legal Advice:

California Government Code §24004 and California Business and Professions Code §6125 expressly prohibit the County Recorder-Clerk and deputies from the practice of law. 

The California Supreme Court has defined “the practice of law” to include legal advice and the preparation of legal instruments. (Baron v. Los Angeles (1970) 2 Cal.3d 535, 542-543

You are more than welcome to email us a copy of your document to review before you come into the office to make sure it meets recording requirements and calculate the fees.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate calling 530-621-5490 or emailing

Please read the instructions for the "Online Official Records Index" before proceeding:

You can search the Official Records Index anytime from the comfort of your home or mobile device!  

Please see below for some helpful instructions on our Official Records Index website:


There are several ways to search the index.  The most common is "By Name".  When searching by name, be sure to put the "last name" space (no comma) then "first name".  You can also search by Document Number or Book & Page.  If you are looking for a record after 2013, you may verify you have the right property by comparing the Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) listed under the "Additional Information" section.


Currently our system will only allow you to view the index.  If you would like to purchase a copy of a document, please see the instructions below:

  1.   If you are at the initial index page, click on the shopping cart with the plus sign in the basket OR select purchase on the right hand side if you are on the full document index page

  2.   Click on "Add to Cart" and keep researching OR "Proceed to Checkout"

  3.   After clicking "Proceed to Checkout", fill out the "Customer Information" and click "Place your Order".  Your order will be maintained in our system for 30 days.  When you are ready, you can come by our Placerville office to purchase and pickup your documents.  If you are in the South Lake Tahoe area, "CLICK HERE" to make an appointment.  If you would like to obtain your copies electronically, you will need to fill out the following form by clicking here: Credit Card Authorization Form and emailing it back to us at  Please note that our credit card vendor charges $2.50 for processing.

    Click Here to Search the "El Dorado County Official Records Index"