Frequently Asked Questions

Richard N. Benson, Assessor - Recorder - County Clerk

Aircraft

  • Why are aircraft assessed for property tax?

    The California Constitution provides that all tangible property is taxable, unless it is otherwise exempted by the California Constitution or by the California State legislature.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • My aircraft is ordinarily kept in another state, why did Marin County assess it?

    The rules for determining the taxable location of your aircraft do not necessarily match the physical location as of January 1. If your aircraft is not primarily kept in California, contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Do I still need to fill out the Aircraft Owners Report form if I sold my aircraft?

    Yes. You still need to fill out the Aircraft Owners Report form. In order to prevent being taxed for an aircraft you no longer own, the Assessor needs to know:

    • The date the aircraft was sold
    • The new owner’s name and address
    • Sale price

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Who must file an Aircraft Property Statement? How do I file an Aircraft Property Statement?

    If the Marin County Assessor sends you an Aircraft Property Statement, the law requires that you complete, sign and return the statement to the Assessor’s Office in the time period specified. If your aircraft has a cost of $100,000 or greater, you are required to annually file an Aircraft Property Statement, even if the Assessor did not send you a formal request to do so. You can get a copy of the Aircraft Property Statement online.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How does the Marin County Assessor determine the situs (location) of my aircraft?

    Information on the location of your aircraft is generally provided by fixed base operators and managers at each respective facility.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How does the Marin County Assessor determine the value of my aircraft?

    Aircraft are taxable and assessed annually at full market value. Full Market value is determined by reviewing purchase information, value guides, and comparable sales.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What happens if I don’t file an Aircraft Property Statement?

    Failure to complete and file the Aircraft Property Statement will result in the Marin County Assessor estimating the value of your aircraft and adding a 10% penalty to the assessment.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Should I include sales tax in the reported purchase price on the Aircraft Property Statement?

    Yes, enter the total original cost of the aircraft as purchased; include sales tax and all other relevant costs. Sales tax is a component of assessed value.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Who is responsible for the tax bill if my aircraft was sold after January 1?

    Liability for aircraft property taxes attaches to its owner as of 12:01 a.m. on January 1 each year (the lien date). The bill is issued to the owner of record at that time, and that individual is liable for the taxes even if the aircraft was sold soon after that date. Where the aircraft was sold just before the lien date (December 30, for example), the new owner would be liable for the new bill. If you were not the owner on January 1, but the bill was issued in your name, then you need to contact the Assessor’s Office.

    Under California Law, aircraft property taxes are not prorated, regardless of any transaction subsequent to Lien Date (January 1). Any settlement of taxes between seller and buyer is a private agreement.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Aircraft staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

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Birth, Death, and Marriage Records

  • How do I amend a Birth or Death Certificate? How long does it take?

    To amend a Birth Certificate, you must contact the California Department of Public Health and complete an Affidavit to Amend a Birth Record.

    To amend a Marriage Certificate, you must contact the California Department of Public Health and complete an Affidavit to Amend a Marriage Record.

    To amend a Death Certificate, you must contact the California Department of Public Health and complete an Affidavit to Amend a Death Record.

    For processing times, you will need to contact the California Department of Public Health.

  • What is an apostille? How do you get an apostille?

    An apostille is a certificate that authenticates public official signatures on documents that will be used outside of the United States.

    The California Secretary of State provides authentication by apostille of documents issued in the state of California and signed by certain officials, deputies, and notaries. For more information, please visit the California Secretary of State website, which includes instructions for requesting an apostille. You may also download an informational brochure, The ABCs of Apostilles from the California Secretary of State website.

  • Can Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate copies be ordered for extended family such as an aunt, uncle, or cousin?

    Yes. However those who are not authorized by law to receive a certified copy will receive a copy marked "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY." The definition of an authorized party is different for each document.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I’m outside the U.S. Can I still order a Marin County Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate?

    Yes, vital records for events that occurred in Marin County may be ordered from overseas. A request for an ‘authorized certified copy’ must have an Apostille attached acknowledged by a foreign notary must be accompanied by an apostille. An acknowledgement from a Consul or Vice Consul from the U.S. Consulate does not require an Apostille. Any language on the request form or acknowledgement other than English must be translated by a court approved translator. No translation is required for the Apostille.

    The apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature on a stamp or seal on a document, identifies the capacity in which the person signing the document acted, and in some cases certifies the identity of the seal or stamp a document bears.

    For more apostille information, please visit the California Secretary of State website, which includes instructions for requesting an apostille. You may also download an informational brochure, The ABCs of Apostilles from the California Secretary of State website.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Do I have to change my name?

    There is no requirement that either party change their name upon marriage. “The Name Equality Act of 2007” (California Family Code Section 306.5) allows one or both applicants for a California marriage license to elect to change the middle and/or last names by which each party wishes to be known after solemnization of the marriage. You must have made up your mind by the time you come to the County Clerk’s Office to apply for your license. The marriage license cannot be amended to change or add the middle or last name at a later date. You will need to petition Superior Court.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6092 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Does putting my new name on my marriage certificate change my name? How do I change my name on my Social Security Card., my driver’s license, my passport?

    Once the marriage ceremony takes place and the marriage license is registered, the name shown on the marriage certificate is the legal identity. After you receive your marriage certificate, you will need to contact Social Security and the California DMV to change it on your government issued IDs. To change your name on a US Passport, you will need to contact the US State Department.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How far back do the vital records go?

    Marin County Vital Records date back to the 1850s.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How long does it take to obtain a Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate?

    The Marin County Recorder processes mailed requests within 24 hours upon receipt. Generally, you may expect your vital record a week to ten business days after we’ve fulfilled the mailed request. UPS or Fed Ex Express courier and VitalChek requests are processed the same day when received prior to 3PM. Express courier requests are expedited. Note Express Mail through the USPS doesn’t provide expedited pick-up and delivery similar to UPS or FED EX and there may be a delay.

    If you request documents in person at the Marin County Recorder’s Office during public office hours, Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, you can obtain a birth, death, or marriage certificate while you wait.

    The Marin County Recorder is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA.

    Physical address (for documents sent by express mail or courier):

    Marin County Recorder Attn: Copy Center
    3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 232
    San Rafael, CA 94903

    Post Office Box (for regular mail)
    Marin County Recorder
    Attn: Copy Center
    P.O. Box C
    San Rafael, CA 94913

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How can I order my Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate? Is it possible to order them online?

    To order birth, death, or marriage certificates that are registered in Marin County, fill out the appropriate form from the Marin County Recorder website. Follow the directions on the form to submit your request in person or by mail.  The office of the Marin County Recorder is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room  232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA . Office hours are  8:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday. The mailing address is Marin County Recorder, PO Box C, San Rafael, CA 94913

    For your convenience, you can process online requests through VitalChek Network , an independent company which is offered as a courtesy for online payments. A $7.00 additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service and all major credit cards are accepted; including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What documents do I need to order a Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate?

    To order a Birth Certificate, you must fill out a Birth Certificate Request Form. To order a Death Certificate, fill out a Death Certificate Request Form. For Marriage Certificates, fill out a Marriage Certificate Request Form. All forms are available in English and Spanish. All three forms are available online.

    Completed forms should be submitted to the Marin County Recorder’s Office. If you are making your request in person, do not sign the form until you submit the form to a Recorder’s Office staff member for processing. Please bring a government issued photo ID when making a request in person.

    In order to obtain an ‘authorized certified copy’ when requesting by mail, you must sign the sworn statement in the presence of a notary public and the notary public must also fill out a Certificate of Acknowledgment. You may request certified copies for multiple individuals by mail and collectively notarize them; however, a separate application must be completed for each request.  If  you do not have a qualified relation with the registrant or are using the record for research or genealogy you may order ‘an informational certified copy’ without a notary acknowledgement.  Just check the informational box on the request form.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Can I get a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate from the Marin County Recorder if the event happened in a different county?

    Birth and Death Certificates are registered in the county where the event occurred. The Marin Recorder only has records for births and deaths which occurred in Marin County. Marriage Certificates are registered in the county where the license was purchased. The Marin County Recorder only has certificates for marriage licenses purchased in Marin County, even if the ceremony occurred in another county.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Will you FAX a Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate?

    No. The Marin County Recorder does not fax Birth, Death or Marriage Certificates.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

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Boats

  • Are active duty military members exempt from filling out the Vessel Property Statement?

    No. You must fill out the Vessel Property Statement. Some, but not all, military personnel may be exempt from paying vessel property taxes under federal law (Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act), but the Assessor still needs to collect the information requested on the Vessel Property Statement.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How does the Marin County Assessor determine the situs (location) of my vessel?

    Information on the location of your vessel is generally obtained from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles, the United States Coast Guard, harbor reports, and on-site inspections of all marinas.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Should I include sales tax in the reported purchase price on the Vessel Property Statement?

    Yes, enter the total original cost of the vessel as purchased; include sales tax and all other relevant costs. Sales tax is a component of assessed value.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • My vessel is registered with the California DMV and I pay a registration fee. Why must I also pay property taxes?

    Property taxes for vessels are not collected through the registration fee, as they are with motor vehicles. Where automobiles are concerned, the California DMV registration fees do include both a registration fee and also what is known as an in-lieu fee for property taxes.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Who is responsible for the tax bill if my vessel was sold after January 1?

    Liability for vessel property taxes attaches to its owner as lien date (January 1). The bill is issued to the owner of record at that time, and that individual is liable for the taxes even if the vessel was sold soon after that date. When the vessel was sold just before the lien date (December 30, for example), the new owner is liable for the new bill. If you were not the owner on January 1, but the bill was issued in your name, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

    Under California Law, vessel property taxes are not prorated, regardless of any transaction subsequent to Lien Date (January 1). Any settlement of taxes between seller and buyer is a private agreement.

  • My Vessel is registered with the United States Coast Guard and I pay a documentation fee. Why must I also pay property taxes?

    Property taxes for vessels are not included in the United States Coast Guard documentation fee.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How does the Assessor determine the value of my vessel?

    Vessels are assessed annually at full market value. Full market value is determined by reviewing purchase information, value guides, and comparable sales.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I use my vessel exclusively for commercial purposes, am I still subject to property tax assessment?

    Vessels that are engaged or employed exclusively in commercial fishing, oceanographic research, or "for hire" commercial passenger fishing may be eligible for a reduced assessment to 4% of the full value of the vessel. In order to receive this special assessment, an affidavit form must be filed annually with the Assessor by February 15. If you believe you qualify for this special assessment, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • My Vessel is habitually moored in another county. What do I need to do to remove the information from your files?

    The rules for determining the taxable location of your vessel do not necessarily match the physical location as of lien date (January 1). If the vessel is registered to you or "home ported" in Marin County, then Marin County will usually assess it. If your vessel is permanently docked in another county, contact the Marine Division of the Marin County Assessor's Office.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I no longer own the boat. Do I still need to fill out the Vessel Owners Update form?

    Yes. You still need to fill out the Vessel Owners Update form. In order to prevent being assessed for a vessel you no longer own, the Assessor needs to know:

    • The date the vessel was sold
    • The new owner’s name and address
    • Sale price

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What are the penalties for failing to file a Vessel Property Statement?

    Failure to complete and file this form will result in the Assessor estimating the value of your vessel and adding a 10% penalty to the assessment.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What should I do if I think my vessel trailer was included in my vessel assessment?

    In some cases, the California DMV does not separately report the vessel and trailer costs in the total cost reported to the Assessor. The trailer is subject to a vehicle license fee that includes in-lieu property tax and should not be assessed by the Marin County Assessor. If you think that your trailer is included in your vessel assessment, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Who must file a Vessel Property Statement? How do I file a Vessel Property Statement?

    If the Assessor sends you a Vessel Property Statement, the law requires that you complete, sign and return the statement to the Assessor’s Office in the time period specified. If your vessel has a cost of $100,000 or greater, you are required to annually file a Vessel Property Statement, even if the Assessor did not send you a formal request to do so. You can get a copy of the Vessel Property Statement online.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Why are vessels assessed for property tax?

    The California Constitution provides that all tangible property is taxable, unless it is otherwise exempted by the Constitution or by the California State legislature.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Marine Division staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

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Business Property Assessments

  • Can a business just report current acquisitions?

    No. You must report all business personal property that you own, control, or possess as of the lien date.

  • Can Business Property Statements be amended after filing?

    Yes. There is a four-year statute of limitations, within which you can file an amended return subject to audit.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Can filings be changed after an eSDR filing is submitted?

    Yes, you can change your filing up to 3 times on eSDR.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Can large businesses file property statements online?

    There is a separate electronic filing program for large businesses that have multiple locations throughout the state. Participation in this program requires programming on behalf of the business entity so that business property data is uploaded to a state-wide server. Filing deadlines apply. Feel free to contact us if you need more information.

    The Standard Data Record (SDR) filing system was designed to simplify the process of annual property statements for businesses that have multiple locations in one or more California counties.

    The SDR system only accepts Business Property Statements that are filed electronically in the approved XML file format. Programming or software are required to create SDR files. The level of effort and investment may not be practical for businesses that are filing for a single location.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Can the Business Property Statement be filed online via eSDR?

    If you received the eSDR letter, “E-File Your Business Property Statement”, instructions account ID and pass-number are included. If you did not receive this letter, contact our office via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. You may also print the Business Property Statement from our web site. Please include the account number and parcel numbers when returning the statement.

    If you were able to file your Business Property Statement through eSDR, you do not need to print a copy of the eSDR filing or send a copy back to the Assessor’s Office. However, you may want to print and keep a copy for your own records.

    If you electronically filed the Business Property Statement using eSDR and received a confirmation number confirming your filing, do not send back the Paper Business Property Statement. Keep a copy of the confirmation number as proof of your filing.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Does a Business Property Statement still have to be completed for a home based business?

    Yes. Any equipment used for a home business is considered to be business personal property and must be reported on the Business Property Statement.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Does Proposition 13 affect personal property?

    Unlike most real property, which is assessed under Proposition 13, personal property does not fall under Prop 13's umbrella—although it does enjoy the same, maximum 1% tax rate. The only exceptions are "fixtures". Fixtures are defined as an item of tangible property, the nature of which was originally personal property, but which is classified as real property for assessment purposes because it is physically or constructively annexed to real property with the intent that it remain annexed indefinitely. Fixtures are subject to proposition 13 restrictions but are not subject to supplemental assessment.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Does the Assessor pro-rate taxes between buyer and seller in the event a business is sold?

    No. The owner on lien date is responsible for the entire tax. Any arrangement regarding property tax liability must be worked out contractually between the buyer and seller.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How do I obtain a copy of the current year's Business Property Statement that shows the assessed values?

    You can request a copy of the Business Property Statement that shows the assessed values after the Assessor has completed their enrollment process. Please include the request for current value information with your completed Business Property Statement. Our mailing address is Marin County Assessor, PO Box C, San Rafael, CA 94913.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How do I request additional forms?

    You may request copies of the Business Property Statement either in person, in writing or by phone. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How do I request copies of prior year filings?

    You may request copies of the Business Property Statement either in person, in writing or by phone. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How is the assessed value of business property determined?

    In order to determine fair market value, the assessor employs a number of methodologies.

    The Assessor most often uses actual owner-reported costs to calculate a replacement cost estimate using trending tables provided by the State Board of Equalization or developed in-house. We then reduce the trended costs to reflect normal or actual depreciation, and derive a market value estimate.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How to find out if your business is located in Marin County?

    The following list identifies the cities and towns located within the borders of Marin County:

    • Belvedere
    • Corte Madera
    • Fairfax
    • Larkspur
    • Mill Valley
    • Novato
    • Ross
    • San Anselmo
    • Sausalito
    • Tiburon
    • Unincorporated County

    The following list identifies the zip codes associated with Marin County:

    Marin County Zip Codes
    City Zip Code
    Belvedere-Tiburon 94920
    Bolinas 94924
    Corte Madera 94925
    Dillon Beach 94929
    Fairfax 94930
    Fireman's Fund (Novato) 94998
    Fort Baker 94965
    Ignacio 94947
    Inverness 94937
    Lagunitas 94938
    Larkspur 94939
    Marin City 94965
    Marshall 94940
    Mill Valley 94941-2
    Nicasio 94946
    Novato 94945
    Novato 94947-9
    Olema 94950
    Point Reyes Station 94956
    Ross 94957
    San Geronimo 94963
    San Quentin 94964
    Sausalito 94965
    Stinson Beach 94970
    Tomales 94971
    Woodacre 94973

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Is help available to fill out the Business Property Statement?

    You can contact us for assistance with completing a Business Property Statement at no charge. General questions can be handled by calling (415) 473-7208. An Auditor-Appraiser is also available during office hours to assist you in person. Our office is located at the Marin Civic Center room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. Our office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. You do not need to make an appointment.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Is reporting required if all the equipment is the owner’s personal equipment?

    Any personal equipment used in your business must be reported. For example, persons working out of their homes must report personal desks, computers, calculators and etc., if those items are used in their business. Similarly, someone operating an auto repair shop may use their own "personal" tools in the business. In this case, such tools become assessable as business personal property and must be reported. If you don’t know their original cost and year of acquisition, you may estimate.

    Any equipment previously used in the business that could revert back to "personal" use is no longer taxable if that business is closed or sold prior to January 1. Items like home office desks and computers, or the auto shop “personal” tools become nontaxable because they can revert to being "Household Furnishings or Personal Effects," which are exempt. In an opposite example, a grocery store goes out of business prior to January 1, but equipment such as freezer boxes and store shelving remains in the building on that date. In this case, such items would still be taxable and must be reported even though the business was closed on the lien date. That is because the equipment has not reverted to "Household Furnishings or Personal Effects."

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Is special software necessary to use eSDR?

    Yes, you need Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader you can downloaded it for free from Adobe.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Is this a one-time tax?

    No, this is an annual tax.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Should a business that has not purchased any equipment or conducted any business still file?

    Yes. Please note those facts on the Business Property Statement, or attachment to it, and return the signed Business Property Statement to the Assessor's Office. The Assessor needs to know these facts in order to prevent an improper assessment from being issued to you.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Should exempt businesses or organizations file the Business Property Statement?

    Yes. If the exempt organization owns personal property, fixtures or leasehold improvements having a total combined cost or current market value of $100,000 or greater or the Marin County Assessor requests it, you still are required to complete the Business Property Statement. You may contact the Exemption Section at (415) 473-3794 to verify your exempt status or to file an exemption claim.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • The address on the Business Property Statement is a home address, not a business address.

    Assessable property is assessed where located regardless of it being a home. Using the address of a home may be proper if that is a home office of an owner or independent contractor, functions as the company headquarters, storage, or place that company equipment returns to after use. If the address is not associated with the business or assessable business property, please correct that with our office as soon as possible.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What do you do if the equipment you use does not belong to you, or is being borrowed?

    The Business Property Statement must show all taxable property owned, claimed, possessed, controlled or managed by the person filing the form. If you are not the owner of the equipment then you should declare the equipment in Part III of the Business Property Statement under “Equipment belonging to others”. The Assessor will also send a Business Property Statement to the person reported as the equipment's actual owner. Based upon information available to the assessor, the assessor will determine the assessee.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What do you do if you disagree with the taxable values?

    Between the time you submit your property's cost information on the Business Property Statement and July 1, you will normally receive a tax statement that includes a notation of the amount of value calculated by the Marin County Assessor.

    If you do not agree with the value determined by the Assessor , please contact the Assessor’s office and speak with the Auditor-Appraiser who made the determination. If our review does not clarify the assessment to your satisfaction, we will ask that you provide:

    • a completed property statement for the current year if one has not been filed
    • a current detailed depreciation schedule
    • any other documentation supporting your claim

    Additional documentation may be requested depending on our initial review. Under certain circumstances, assessments cannot be changed without a formal audit of your books and records. You may request an audit in writing.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

    Whether or not you discuss the matter with our office, you may also file a formal appeal with the Marin County Assessment Appeals Board which is an independent board established to resolve differences in property value opinions between the county assessor and property owners.

    In Marin County, you must file your formal appeal on an "Application for Changed Assessment" between July 2 and November 30 of the fiscal year that you are disputing.

    For more information on how to file an Assessment Appeal, please contact the Marin County Appeals Board Clerk at (415) 473-7345 or email them. You can also visit the Appeals Board website.

  • What do you do if you do not own the real property where your business is located?

    Most businesses do not own real property where they are located. Even if you don't own the real property where your business is located, you must still file the Business Property Statement because it is used to report business personal property (equipment, supplies, etc.) and tenant improvements that you do own.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What do you do if you sold or closed your business after the lien date, January 1?

    All property is assessable to the owner as of the lien date, January 1, regardless of what transpires after that date. Even if closed shortly after the lien date, a business must still file a Business Property Statement and pay taxes for the coming fiscal year on any taxable property they owned on the lien date.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What do you do if your business closed prior to January 1, but you still received a Business Property Statement?

    Please include the date you went out of business, as well as the status and location of any equipment owned or used by you at the time the business closed. If any of the property was sold to another person or business, please indicate the buyer's name and address. If any of the property reverted to your own personal use as household personal property, please indicate that as well. Be sure to sign and return the Business Property Statement to the Assessor's Office.

    Note: Where a business has closed but you still own equipment previously used in the business, it may still be taxable despite the fact the business is closed. If the equipment you still own can be converted to household uses (that is, could become your personal effects), then it may not be assessable.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What do you do if your business does not own anything and leases all equipment?

    You are required to report this information in Part III of the Business Property Statement .The assessor will assess the property to the person owning, claiming, possessing or controlling it on the lien date.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What do you do if your business rents an office and all of the furniture and equipment belongs to the landlord?

    In this case, you need to write a remark about that circumstance on the Business Property Statement, or on an attachment to it. Also, fill out Part III of the form, “Equipment Belonging to Others.” Sign and return it to the Assessor's Office. If you own any small equipment, such as a printer, copier, etc., that you are using in the business, you should report these costs under Part II of the Business Property Statement and on Schedule A.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What do you do if your business was not open on January 1?

    A business does not have to be open for its taxable personal property to be subject to assessment. For example, assume that on the lien date, January 1, a new pizza parlor is under construction and nearly ready for its grand opening. Even though the pizza parlor was not open for business on the lien date, taxable business personal property (such as furniture, ovens and supplies) was in the owner's possession on the lien date and the Assessor is required to assess it. The existence of property is the key element.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What does the Assessor's Office do with the Business Property Statement?

    We review the form for completeness and accuracy and then employ a number of methods to convert reported costs to an estimate of their fair market value equivalent on the lien date. After the Assessor has assessed your property and has finished processing your Business Property Statement, the form is then scanned and filed. By law, your Business Property Statement is NOT a public document and it is not open to public inspection. The assessment itself is forwarded to the Marin County Department of Finance, who computes the taxes owed, creates the bill and collects the tax.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What happens if the Business Property Statement is incomplete or not returned?

    Incomplete Filing: If you file an incomplete Business Property Statement, the Assessor may return it to you for proper completion. Penalties may be added if the Assessor's Office does not receive a properly completed Business Property Statement by the normal due date. After the due date, an incomplete filing is treated the same as a "failure to file" and a 10% penalty must be added.

    Failure to File: When a Business Property Statement is not filed as required by law or requested by the Assessor, we must rely on the best information available to estimate the value of any personal property owned by the non-reporting business. In the absence of a Business Property Statement, an estimate of value is made based on the nature of the business. Our office may also perform a field inspection of your business property, during which we will estimate the fair market value of the business personal property discovered there. A 10% penalty must also be added to any assessment made as a result of a failure to file the Business Property Statement.

    If an owner willfully conceals, fails to disclose or misrepresents tangible personal property, an additional 25% penalty may be added. Under California law, a 75% penalty may also be added to an assessment for any fraudulent acts or omissions committed by the owner or their agent.

    Refusing to make information available to the Assessor which has been lawfully requested in writing may be a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to six-months in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What if all equipment was given to the business instead of purchased?

    If the equipment you use in your business was acquired as a gift, you may report your estimate of either its cost when gifted, or its current market value (that is, what you think it would sell for in the open market place) on the Business Property Statement.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What if nothing has changed on the Business Property Statement since last year?

    You must report personal property holdings in detail and as requested or mandated. If nothing has changed from the prior year (no equipment was purchased or sold), then you may refer to your prior year's Business Property Statement filing in order to be consistent in completing the current Business Property Statement. If you failed to keep a copy of the prior year's filing, you may request a copy of it from the Marin County Assessor's Office.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What if the pre-printed information on the Business Property Statement is incorrect?

    If your business has moved or changed its mailing address simply draw a single line through the incorrect information, then legibly print or type the new information on the form and indicate the effective date of the move or change. Please do NOT make the pre-printed information unreadable. When reporting on a sale, include the new owner's name and mailing address. When reporting that the business has been closed, provide the date(s) and information relating to the location of any taxable personal property. Please note if the property has been sold or disposed, moved elsewhere, or remains at the site. After all changes have been made, complete the Business Property Statement, sign and return it to the Marin County Assessor's Office.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What is a Business Property Statement?

    A Business Property Statement is a form for reporting both real and personal property that is owned or used for business purposes. Property must be declared as an asset if it exists on the Lien date (January 1st). The assets must be reported at acquisition cost, if known.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What is a supply item?

    Any item that you are consuming in your business, such as office supplies, pencils, paper, calculator tape, stationery, envelopes, cleaning supplies, fuel, etc. is a supply item.

    If you are a manufacturer, "supplies" would not include anything that becomes part of the finished product. Materials or supplies that are integrated into the products you market are exempt because they become business inventory once in the products, and business inventory is exempt from property taxation.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What is business personal property?

    Business Personal Property includes all property except inventory items. This includes all supplies, equipment and any fixtures used in the operation of a business. Examples of business personal property include office furniture, computers, machinery and hand tools. Those items exempt from reporting are business inventory, application software and licensed vehicles (except SE tagged and off-road vehicles). SE (Special Equipment) tagged and off-road vehicles and equipment are taxable personal property and must be reported.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What is considered "business equipment"?

    Any equipment that you use in your business should be reported.

    Examples include:
    • Computers, printers, servers
    • Office furniture
    • Telephones
    • Copiers and fax machines
    • Restaurant Equipment
    • Forklifts
    • Video Equipment
    • Cameras
    • Machinery
    • Tools

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What is the difference between inventory and supplies?

    Inventory is items subject to sale, rent or lease. Supplies are things consumed in your normal course of business.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What is the Lien Date?

    The Lien Date is January 1 every year, and is the date when unpaid property taxes for any fiscal year become a lien against the property or the owner. Owners who allow their personal property taxes to become delinquent may have a Summary Judgment recorded against them personally.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What is the purpose of the Business Property Statement?

    The Business Property Statement collects information regarding business equipment, supplies and fixtures for each business location. The information an owner provides on the statement is then used to assess and tax property in accordance with California State Law. The owner reports the acquisition costs of business equipment, supplies and fixtures that were owned on the lien date at the address shown on the form. All 58 California County Assessors mail out similar statements that enable businesses to report the cost of their equipment, supplies, leased equipment, real property and improvements.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What is the tax rate on personal property?

    Throughout California, the basic property tax rate is 1% of the assessed value, which applies to real property and personal property. However, your tax bill might also include special assessments placed into effect by the voters or by their representatives within the property's taxing jurisdiction.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

    If you need additional information or have more questions regarding tax payment, please contact the Marin County Tax Collector located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Tax Collector staff via phone at (415) 473-6133 or via email.The Marin County Tax Collector Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What to do if you are only an employee of the company and don't own any Business Personal Property?

    Please note those facts on the Business Property Statement, or attachment to it, and return the signed Business Property Statement to the Assessor's Office. Please also include the name of the company you work for and its mailing address among your notes. The Assessor needs to know these facts in order to prevent an improper assessment from being issued to you.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • When is the Business Property Statement due?

    The Business Property Statement is due on April 1st and is considered delinquent if it is filed after 5:00 P.M. on May 7.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Who must file a Business Property Statement?

    Business property is appraised annually. If the Assessor sends you a Business Property Statement, the law requires that you complete, sign, and return the statement to the Assessor's Office in the time period specified. If your business owns Personal Property, Fixtures or Leasehold Improvements having a total combined cost or current market value of $100,000 or greater, you are required to file a Business Property Statement, even if the Assessor did not send you a formal request to do so.

    Failure to complete and file this form will result in the Assessor estimating the value of your business property and adding a 10% penalty to the assessment.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Why are taxes levied on business property?

    Under the California Constitution, all property is taxable. Unless otherwise exempted, all forms of tangible property are taxable in California and the Assessor must assess business personal property as required by law.

    Some forms of personal property are exempt from taxation under the Constitution. Examples are household furnishings and personal effects not used in in a business, and business inventory. However, Business Personal Property is not exempt under the law.

    For information on vessel and aircraft assessments, call us at (415) 473-7208.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Why does the tax bill say "period dated July 1 through June 30", when the statement is due as of January 1?

    The State and Counties operate on a fiscal year of July 1 through June 30, to which the taxes apply. The responsibility for the tax bill rests with the owner in possession of the business as of January 1, even though the axes will go into the subsequent July1-June 30 budget.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Why must sales tax be included in the reported cost?

    Sales tax is part of the original cost to the buyer, just like freight and installation costs. It must be reported as part of your total cost. Following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as well as court rulings, the assessed value includes all costs to acquire property in its current state (as of each January 1). The valuation is often calculated by formula that starts with the original full cost to acquire.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Why were you sent a Business Property Statement?

    You were sent a Business Property Statement because the Marin County Assessor records indicate that you were in business on the Lien Date, January 1, and the Marin County Assessor is required to assess any taxable business personal property in your possession on that date.

    The Marin County Assessor may have learned about your business through the city where your business is licensed, from a fictitious business name report, or from a field inspection. Every person who owns taxable personal property, other than a mobile home, that has a total initial cost or current market value of $100,000 or more, must report the nature, location, and cost of acquisition of such property to the Marin County Assessor.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Business Property staff via phone at (415) 473-7208 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

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County Clerk

  • What are your location and hours?

    The office of the Marin County Clerk is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 234, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, you may contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email.

  • What are the acceptable methods of a notary acknowledgement if I am in a foreign country?

    Consular officials at any U.S. embassy or consulate abroad can provide a service similar to the functions of a notary public in the United States. It is also possible to have a document notarized by a local foreign notary and then have the document authenticated by the appropriate foreign authority in a country party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents (which includes notarial documents).

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filling between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How can I apply for a passport?

    The County Clerk does not handle passport applications. For more information on how to obtain a passport please visit your local post office or the USPS website. You can also visit the U.S. Department of State Passport Information website.

  • How can I find arrest records?

    The County Clerk does not handle arrest records. You should contact the law enforcement agency where the arrest occurred to obtain arrest record information.

  • Does the County Clerk provide copies of Birth Certificates?

    No. Certified copies of Birth Certificates for Marin County births may be obtained from the Marin County Recorder.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Recorder’s Office. Their office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can contact a member of the Recorder Copy Center staff via phone at (415) 473-6094 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays).

  • Can the County Clerk help me with my court related matter?

    The Marin County Clerk is a different office from the Clerk of the Court. The Marin County Clerk cannot assist you with your court related problem or provide legal assistance of any kind.

  • How do I get a divorce in Marin County?

    The Marin County Clerk is a different office than the Clerk of the Court. The Marin County Clerk does not handle divorces. More information about filing for divorce in Marin County is also available at the Marin County Superior Court website.

  • How do I order a copy of my divorce records?

    The Marin County Clerk is a different office than the Clerk of the Court. The Marin County Clerk does not handle divorce records. Divorce records are maintained by the Superior Court. You may contact them directly by email or call (415) 444-7080.

  • Where do I get a restraining order?

    For a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, please visit the Main County Superior Court Domestic Violence page.

    For all other types of Restraining Order, please visit the Main County Superior Court Restraining Order page.

  • Where can I view Marin County Superior Court documents?

    The Marin County Clerk is a different office than the Clerk of the Court. The Marin County Clerk does not maintain court documents. Court records are maintained by the courts. Please contact Marin Superior Court for more information at (415) 444-7000.M

  • Where do I file court papers in Marin County?

    For court-related matters, contact the Marin Superior Court Office at (415) 444-7000 or visit the Marin County Superior Court website. The Marin County Superior Court website offers information on Legal Self Help Services.

    Court papers are filed with the Marin Superior Court Clerk at the Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 113, San Rafael, CA 94903.

    If you want to contact an attorney for legal advice, the Marin County Bar Association offers low cost consultation with a family law attorney through their Lawyer Referral Service. Call (415) 499-1314 for more information.

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Domestic Partnerships

  • Aren't same sex partnerships invalid in California?

    No. Domestic Partnerships are still valid in California. Court decisions regarding same-sex marriages did not invalidate or change any of the Family Code statutes relating to registered domestic partners.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Clerk's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Where can I record my documents?

    Documents are recorded by the Marin County Recorder.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Recorder located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 232, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the Recorder staff via phone at (415) 473-6092 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • How do I register a domestic partnership with the State of California?

    If you and your partner are over eighteen years old and are of the same sex, or are opposite sexes and one partner is at least 62 years old, then you may be eligible to register a domestic partnership with the California Secretary of State. You may register by completing a Declaration of Domestic Partnership Form NP/SF DP-1, having both partners' signatures notarized, and submitting the form to the California Secretary of State with the fee of $10.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Clerk's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Why can only same sex couples or opposite sex couples in which at least one partner is at least 62 years of age register as domestic partners with the State of California?

    The eligibility criteria for registration of a domestic partnership is set by statute, California Family Code beginning with section 297.. The age eligibility of opposite sex couples requires that at least one partner be at least 62 years old and the age eligibility for same sex couples requires that both partners be over 18 years old.

    Note: Opposite sex partners younger than 62 may still register with Marin County.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Clerk's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Where can I find all of the rights and responsibilities of registered domestic partners?

    Many of the rights, protections, benefits, responsibilities, obligations and duties under California law are provided in the California Family Code beginning with section 297. However, questions relating to your specific rights and responsibilities should be directed to your lawyer.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Clerk’s Office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • My partner and I plan to register our domestic partnership with the California Secretary of State in the near future and would like to change our names. How can we do this?

    One or both partners can change their middle or last names on the California Secretary of State Declaration of Domestic Partnership form as part of the registration. Information concerning this name change process can be found in California Family Code sections 298, 298.5 and 298.6.

    For more information, please review the Secretary of State's Domestic Partners Registry.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Clerk's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • We don't qualify for the California State registration; can we still apply for registration for Marin County?

    If you do not meet the qualifications of the California State Domestic Partnership Registration, you can still apply to become to be registered Domestic Partners in Marin County only. Please contact the Marin County Clerks' office for more information.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Clerk's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • What are the qualifications to be a Domestic Partnership in Marin County?

    You must be over 18 years old, be residents of Marin, and you must agree that you will be responsible for each other's basic living expenses. You must not be married. You must not be related to each other, and must not have had a different domestic partner within the past six months.

    You must also work substantially fulltime in Marin County or reside together in Marin County.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Clerk's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • What forms do we need to fill out?

    These forms allow you to register your Domestic Partnership in Marin County only:

    The fee is $20.00. At least one person of your domestic partnership must appear in person to sign your Domestic Partnership form at the marriage license division of the Marin County Clerk's Office between 9:00 and 4:00 Monday through Friday. If one of you is not present, the signature of the person not present must be notarized.

    Please remember: Marin County's Domestic Partnership is applicable only within Marin.

    Please view and download Marin County's Domestic Partnership Information Sheet for more information on domestic partnerships and issues that you will need to consider, such as wills, medical powers of attorney, and the like.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Clerk's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How do I get a copy of a Domestic Partnership Registration?

    If you need a copy of your Domestic Partnership Registration go to the Marin County Clerk's Office at: 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 234, San Rafael, CA. 94903 or mail your request with the fee to: Marin County Clerk, Attn: Domestic Partnership, P.O. Box C, San Rafael, CA 94913. You will need to provide at least one of the names of the partners. There is a fee of $2 for a photo copy and $3 for a certified copy.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

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Fictitious Business Name/Business

  • How do I apply for a Fictitious Business Name, and what are the fees?

    The first step is to complete an application. You may pick up a form at our office. Or you may begin the application online. You will be issued a reference number which you must bring with you to the Marin County Clerk’s Office to complete the online filing. The other option is to request the form by mail by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to us. Or you may call us to request a form. Once the form is completed, you may return it in-person or by mail to the Marin County Clerk for processing. The filing fee is $42.00 for filing a fictitious business name for one owner and one business name.  Additional owners or business names are $7.00 each.

    To receive a Fictitious Business Name Application by mail, please send your request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Marin County Clerk, ATTN: FBN, PO Box C, San Rafael, CA 94913.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Does filing my Fictitious Business Name Statement protect my business name from other businesses using it?

    No. To fully protect your business name you may contact the California Secretary of State at (916) 653-6814 or visit their to learn more about obtaining your Servicemark /Trademark. Please refer to the California Business and Professions Code Section 14411 to learn more about obtaining your Servicemark/Trademark.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How do I get a copy of a Fictitious Business Name statement?

    To obtain a copy of a Fictitious Business Name Statement, you will need the Fictitious Business Name number. You may find the number by using the database to search by name. Send your request, including the Fictitious Business Name number, and fee for a copy of the Fictitious Business Name Statement to: Marin County Clerk, Attn: FBN, PO Box C, San Rafael, CA 94913 or come to the Marin County Clerk's Office, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. The fee is $2 for a photocopy and $3 for a certified copy.

    You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • What are the requirements for publishing a Fictitious Business Name (FBN)?

    When you file a First time FBN filing, Renewal with changes, or Expired more than 40 days, Abandonment or Withdrawal Statement, you must publish a legal notice in an adjudicated local newspaper of general circulation in the county in which your principal place of business is located.

    Legally adjudicated newspapers are local papers which are court approved for publishing legal notices like Fictitious Business Names. The County Clerk may provide a list of approved newspapers for your use.

    The publication of your notice (First time filing, Renewal with changes, Abandonment or Withdrawal Statements) requires that the first publication must appear in the paper within 30 days of filing your form. The notice must be published once a week for four consecutive weeks. Each newspaper determines its own fees for this service.

    A copy of the publication is sent by the newspaper to the County Clerk for filing within 30 days of completion of publication. The newspaper you select may or may not mail a copy of the publication to you as a courtesy.

    Please check with the newspaper you choose to find out what their procedures are for publishing Fictitious Business Name notices. Newspapers require lead-time before publication, and it is your responsibility to ensure that publication occurs before the deadline. If you miss the publishing deadline, you must re-file with us, paying all fees again as we are unable to provide an extension period for publishing.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How do I change the information on my Fictitious Business Name?

    Unfortunately, no changes may be made to a Fictitious Business Name Statement once it is filed. If you are doing business under a different name or want to make other changes to an existing fictitious business name filing, you must file a new statement and pay the fees. You will also need to publish the new statement in an approved local newspaper.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How can I check to see if my Fictitious Business Name is being used?

    There are two ways to access the fictitious business names index and records.

    • You may view them at the Marin County Clerk's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 234, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The office is closed on all legal holidays.
    • You can also view records through our online Fictitious Business Name Search database.  The online search information is limited, by law, to the fbn number, name, owner, filed date and expiration date.
    • If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
  • When do I have to publish a Fictitious Business Name Abandonment/Withdrawal?

    If you are no longer doing business under your Fictitious Business Name, the law requires that you file a Statement of Abandonment of Use of Fictitious Business Name (California Business and Professions Code Section 17922(a)). If you have withdrawn as a general partner operating under a fictitious business name, you may file a Statement of Withdrawal of General Partner (California Business & Professions Code Section  17923 (a), (b) and (c)). These Statements are filed with the Marin County Clerk.

    The filing fee is $28 payable by cash or check made payable to the Marin County Clerk.

    You must also publish the form in a local adjudicated newspaper, similarly to when you first filed your Fictitious Business Name. Your notice only has to appear in one of the approved publications.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Do I have to publish my Fictitious Business Name in all the newspapers listed?

    No. Your notice only has to appear in one of the approved publications.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How do I renew my Fictitious Business Name?

    Fictitious business name renewals must be completed with a form from the County Clerk’s Office. These renewal forms are not available online. Fictitious Business Name renewal forms may be filed by mail or in person at the Marin County Clerk’s office located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. To request a FBN application for renewal purposes, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Marin County Clerk, PO Box C, San Rafael, CA 94913 or call us at (415) 473-6772.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How do I apply for a Business License?

    Marin County Business Licenses are issued by the Marin County Department of Finance, and all questions regarding business licenses should be directed there. For information on how to apply for a Marin County Business License, you can visit the Marin County Department of Finance website, or call (415) 473-7045.

  • Can the Marin County Clerk help me with starting my business?

    No. The Marin County Clerk is not involved in the process of starting businesses, and cannot assist you with this. However, the County Clerk does offer an information sheet for new business owners that provides resources that you may find useful in starting your new business.

    View our Business Start up Checklist and Information Sheet.

    The Civic Center Library also has a reference list called Business and Investing that may be of assistance in starting a business. The Marin Employment Connection offers information and classes for new and established business owners. You can also find more information on starting a business in California at the Secretary of State website.

  • How do I get federal and state tax ID numbers?

    To set up a Federal Tax ID number (also called an Employer Identification Number, or EIN), contact your nearest IRS Field Office, or call the IRS Business and Specialty Tax Hotline at (800) 829-4933. You can also apply online for an EIN via the IRS web site to get your EIN immediately. You can then download, save, and print your EIN confirmation notice. If you want to apply by mail, download IRS Form SS-4 and follow the instructions on the form.

    To get a California Employer ID number for your business, you will need to register with the Employment Development Department (EDD). You can find the nearest Tax Development Department Office at the EDD website, or call them toll free at (888) 745-3886.

  • What does it mean to publish my Fictitious Business Name in an adjudicated paper?

    When filing your fictitious business name, you may also be required to publish a legal notice in an adjudicated local newspaper. More information on how to publish is available at the Marin County Clerk’s Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 234, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael or by calling (415)473-6772 or via email.

    Legally adjudicated newspapers are local papers which are court approved for publishing legal notices like Fictitious Business Names. The County Clerk may provide a list of approved newspapers for your use.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How do I close my business?

    The County Clerk’s office is not involved with the process of closing businesses. However, if you are currently using a Fictitious Business Name that is filed in Marin, you will need to file a Statement of Abandonment with the Marin County Clerk, and publish that statement in an approved local newspaper unless the filing has expired. However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

    Closing a business may involve tax issues, state filing requirements, and other matters that are beyond the scope of this website. For more information on closing your business in California, we suggest that you speak with an attorney. You may also find information at the Secretary of State’s web page on Business Programs or the Chamber of Commerce in San Rafael or call (415) 454-4163.

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Grandparent/Grandchild Exclusion (Proposition 193)

  • What is Proposition 193?

    Proposition 193, effective March 27, 1996, is a constitutional amendment approved by the voters of California which excludes from reassessment transfers of real property from grandparents to grandchildren, providing that all the parents of the grandchildren who qualify as children of the grandparents are deceased as of the date of transfer. Proposition 193 is also codified by section 63.1 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Which transfers of real property are excluded from reassessment by Proposition 193?
    • Transfers of primary residences (no value limit)
    • Transfers of the first $1 million of real property other than the primary residences. The $1 million exclusion applies separately to each eligible transferor.
    • Transfers may be result of a sale, gift, or inheritance. A transfer via a trust also qualifies for this exclusion. For property tax purposes, we look through the trust to the present beneficial owner. When the present beneficial ownership passes from a parent to a child, this is a change in ownership that is eligible for the parent-child exclusion.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What are the time filing requirements of Proposition 193?

    Generally, to get relief retroactive to the date of transfer, a claim must be filed with the county assessor's office by the earliest of the following:

    • Within three years of the transfer
    • Prior to transferring to a third party

    If a notice of supplemental or escape assessment is mailed after the deadline for either of these periods has passed, then the transferee has an additional six months from the date of the notice to file a claim. For example, if a taxpayer received a Notice of Supplemental Assessment for a parent-child transfer dated January 1, 2003, and then received a Notice of Proposed Escape Assessment dated April 1, 2006, the taxpayer would have six months from April 1, 2006 to file a claim with the assessor.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Must the property qualify as the principal residence of both the transferor and the transferee?

    No. In order to be excluded from reassessment and not count toward the $1 million exclusion limit, the residence need only qualify as the principal residence of the transferor.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). 

  • What is meant by a principal residence?

    A principal residence is a dwelling for which the owner/claimant is eligible, in the name of the grandparent, either a homeowner's exemption (claimant owned and occupied as principal residence at the time of sale or within two years of the acquisition of the replacement property) or a disabled veteran's exemption (claimant is a veteran with service-related disability and a California resident on January 1 of claim year). Only a reasonable portion of the land will be considered a part of the principal residence if the land exceeds the area reasonably necessary as a site for the residence.

    The Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer from Grandparent to Grandchild (Proposition 193) form must be filed either within three years of the purchase or transfer of the property, or prior to the subsequent transfer of the property to a third party, whichever is earlier. However, if the claim is filed within six months after the date of mailing of the Assessor's notice of supplemental or escape assessment issued as a result of the purchase or transfer for which the claim is filed, the claim will be deemed timely. Further, if the property has not been transferred to a third party, the Assessor may grant the exclusion prospectively pursuant to an otherwise untimely claim  if certain conditions are met.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Who are considered eligible grandchildren under Proposition 193?

    An eligible "grandchild" for purposes of Proposition 193 is any child of parent(s) who qualify as child(ren) of the grandparents as of the date of transfer.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What is the effective date of the Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer from Grandparent to Grandchild (Proposition 193)?

    Proposition 193, effective March 27, 1996, is a constitutional amendment approved by the voters of California which excludes from reassessment transfers of real property from grandparents to grandchildren, providing that all the parents of the grandchildren who qualify as children of the grandparents are deceased as of the date of transfer. Proposition 193 is also codified by Section 63.1 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). 

  • Who are the transferor and transferee?

    The transferor is the current owner of property being transferred. The new owner is the transferee.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). 

  • To qualify for the exclusion, must the transfer be only a result of a gift?

    No. Transfers may be result of a sale, gift, or inheritance.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Will a transfer via a trust qualify for this exclusion

    Yes. For property tax purposes, we look through the trust to the present beneficial owner. When the present beneficial ownership passes from a grandparent to a grandchild, this is a change in ownership that is eligible for the parent-child exclusion.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Are my grandchildren eligible transferees of my property for purposes of Proposition 193 if my daughter passed away and her husband (grandchildren's father) has not remarried?

    No. Your son-in-law is still deemed to be a "child" of yours, until he remarries, thus disqualifying your grandchildren as eligible transferees, unless he is a step-parent, in which case they would qualify.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Are my grandchildren eligible transferees of my property if my daughter passed away and she was divorced from her husband (my ex-son-in-law) who is still living?

    Yes. Your daughter's divorce terminated the relationship between you and your son-in-law. Since your ex-son-in-law is not considered your child for purposes of this exclusion, your grandchildren are eligible transferees of your property.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). 

  • Can I still be granted the exclusion if I file after the three-year filing period?

    Effective January 1, 1998, if the transferee has not transferred the property to a third party, applications may still be filed at any time after the three-year deadline; however, those filed after three years will only become effective for the lien date in the assessment year in which they are filed and will not be retroactive to the date of transfer. Therefore, the first year's enrolled value would be the base year value as of the year of transfer, factored for inflation plus any additional value which has been enrolled because of new construction.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Is it always beneficial to claim this exclusion?

    No. In cases where the transferred property was being assessed at its current market value under Proposition 8 at time of transfer (that is, its market value had fallen below the transferor's original Proposition 13 factored base year value), it may be beneficial for the new owner not to claim the exclusion and instead accept a new Proposition 13 base year reassessment. By doing so in this circumstance, the reassessment can result in lower property taxes over time by locking in the lower market value as the property's new base year value as of the date of transfer.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How does the Proposition 193 work?

    In the State of California, real property is reassessed at market value if it is sold or transferred and property taxes can sometimes increase dramatically as a result. However, if the sale or transfer is from grandparents to their grandchildren, under limited circumstances, the property will not be reassessed if certain conditions are met and the proper application is timely filed.

    Proposition 193 allows the new property owners to avoid property tax increases when acquiring property from their grandparents. The new owner's taxes are calculated on the established Proposition 13 factored base year value, instead of the current market value when the property is acquired.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Is the transfer of real property to or from my family partnership eligible for the exclusions?

    No. Transfers of real property must be grandparents to grandchildren, not legal entities.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Is the transfer of real property to my grandchild's limited liability company eligible for the Proposition 193 exclusion?

    No. A limited liability company is considered a legal entity, as are partnerships, and corporations. Transfers of real property must be from an eligible grandparent to an eligible grandchild/grandchildren. A legal entity, even if the legal entity is wholly owned by the grandchildren, is not an eligible transferee.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415) 473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Is there a limit placed on my principal residence's assessed value that may be excluded from reassessment?

    No. The $1 million limit applies only if the property was not granted a homeowners' exemption or disabled veterans' exemption before the transfer.

    The grandparent-grandchild exclusion is really an extension of the parent-child exclusion; it is not a true exclusion from grandparent to grandchild. A transfer of real property from a grandparent to grandchild is counted against the deceased parent, not the grandparent. If the deceased parent used his/her $1 million exclusion, then there is no exclusion available to apply to any transfer from the grandparent to the grandchild.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What forms do I use to file for the Proposition 193 exclusion?

    Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer Between Grandparent and Grandchild (Form BOE-58-G).

    Copies of this form are available from the Marin County Assessor’s office by calling (415) 473-7231 or you may download the form.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What value of the transferred property is counted toward the $1 million exclusion limit?

    The Proposition 13 value (factored base year value) just prior to the date of transfer. Usually, this is the taxable value on the assessment roll. If a property is under a Williamson Act (open space) or Mills Act (historical property) contract, it is the factored base year value that is counted, not the restricted value.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Ownership Transfer staff via phone at (415)473-7231 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

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Homeowner's Exemptions

  • What is a homeowner's exemption?

    If you own and occupy your principal place of residence on lien date, January 1, you may apply for a Homeowner's Exemption that would exempt $7,000 of your home's assessed value from property taxation. The California Constitution provides for the exemption of $7,000 (maximum) in assessed value from the property tax assessment of any property owned and occupied as the owner's principal place of residence. The homeowner’s exemption reduces the annual property tax bill for a qualified homeowner by at least $70. This would result in a savings of approximately $70 per year on your property tax bill.

    To receive the full homeowner’s exemption, the property owner must file the homeowner’s exemption claim form with the Marin County Assessor’s Office by February 15th. If the application is filed between February 16th and December 10th, a partial homeowner’s exemption will be approved.

    If the home is purchased after January 1st, the exemption is applied to the supplemental assessment, unless the prior owner received the homeowner’s exemption on the secured bill. The homeowner’s exemption claim form has to be filed within 30 days of your supplemental notice. A partial homeowner’s exemption is approved, if the homeowner’s exemption claim form is returned prior to the due date of the first installment of the supplemental bill.

    For more information or to get a homeowner’s exemption claim, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How do I qualify for a homeowner's exemption?

    If you own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence on January 1, you may apply for a homeowner’s exemption of $7,000 off your assessed value for an annual savings of approximately $70 on your property taxes. The homeowner’s exemption remains in effect until terminated or there is a change in title to the property. A homeowners' exemption may also apply to a supplemental assessment. New property owners typically receive a homeowner’s exemption claim form enclosed with their Notice of Supplemental Assessment, approximately 90 to 120 days after the deed is recorded.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I have a vacation home. Can I get the homeowner’s exemption on my vacation home as well as my regular home?

    No. You are only entitled to one homeowners' exemption and it applies only to your primary residence.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I filed a homeowner’s exemption claim form weeks ago but recently received a tax bill that does not show the exemption. What happened and what should I do?

    Backlogs may occur at different times during the year. These backlogs sometimes delay the processing of a few days. As a result, sometimes property tax bills to be issued that do not properly include the homeowner’s exemption. If you receive an annual property tax bill without the homeowner’s exemption, do not ignore it.

    When a homeowner’s exemption claim form is processed too late to be applied to the tax bill, you should pay the first and/or second installments of the tax bill you received by their respective delinquent dates to avoid any penalties. Once the Marin County Assessor processes your homeowner’s exemption claim form, a revised property tax bill will be issued with the homeowner’s exemption reflected on the revised property tax bill. If you paid both installments of the original property tax bill, the Marin County Department of Finance will issue a refund to you.

    If you are a new owner of property purchased after the lien date of January 1, and the homeowner's exemption does not appear on the annual property tax bill, it should appear on your supplemental property tax bill.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I just purchased my home and its prior owner already had a homeowner’s exemption on the property. Do I still need to file a new homeowner’s exemption claim?

    Yes. In order for your property to receive the homeowner’s exemption in the years following your purchase, you, as the new owner, must file a claim even if the property was already receiving the homeowner's exemption under the prior owner. The homeowner exemption belonging to the prior owner is terminated when you purchased the property.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What types of properties qualify for a homeowner’s exemption?

    A single family residence, a duplex, a condominium or planned unit development, A unit of any multi-unit property such as a co-operative housing complex, a mobile home, floating home or a living unit in a commercial or industrial property that is subject to property tax all qualify for a homeowner’s exemption if the eligibility requirements are met.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What is the filing period for a homeowner’s exemption on the annual secured property tax bill?

    The deadline to file for the full homeowners exemption is February 15. A partial homeowner’s exemption is available if filed between February 16 and December 10. You must still meet the January 1 occupancy, even if you miss the February 15 deadline for the full homeowner’s exemption and meet the partial homeowner’s exemption filing deadline of December 10. The partial homeowner’s exemption is $5,600 off your assessed value for an annual savings of approximately $56 on your property taxes.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • What is the filing period for a homeowner’s exemption on a supplemental property tax bill?

    A homeowner’s exemption claim form is sent out with the Notice of Supplemental Assessment notifying you of the supplemental value change as a result of a change of ownership or completion of new construction. You must return this homeowner’s exemption claim form within 30 days after the date of the notice, to receive the full homeowner’s exemption credit. A partial exemption may be allowed if the homeowner’s exemption claim form is returned after the 30 day deadline, but before date the first installment of supplemental taxes becomes due.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • We moved our elderly parents into a Rest Home (or Extended Care Facility) on a permanent basis. Will the home they own remain eligible for the homeowners' exemption?

    No. In order to be eligible for the homeowner’s exemption, your parents must own and occupy their primary residence. Property owners who permanently relocate to a rest home (or extended care facility) must also notify the Marin County Assessor that they are no longer living in their home so the Assessor can discontinue the homeowner’s exemption on their property. Failure to notify the Assessor will result in escape assessments and penalties if an unauthorized homeowner’s exemption is discovered.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Would an extended stay in a convalescent hospital jeopardize eligibility for a homeowner's exemption?

    The homeowner’s exemption is allowed if the property owner is expected to return to his/her primary residence. However, according to the California State Board of Equalization, an absence of more than one year raises considerable doubt that the owner is expected to return, and in that case the homeowner’s exemption may be terminated. The property cannot be rented during this time period.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I just moved away from a home where I was receiving the homeowner’s exemption but still own it, do I need to notify the Assessor of that circumstance?

    Yes. You must notify the Marin County Assessor in writing whenever a property you move out of your principal residence and are no longer eligible for the homeowner’s exemption. Please notify us as soon as possible after vacating the property, but in no case later than the first December 10 following the lien date, January 1, immediately following your vacating the property. Failure to notify the Assessor will result in escape assessments and penalties if an unauthorized homeowner’s exemption is discovered.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Once I have been granted the homeowner’s exemption, do I need to re-file a claim every year?

    No. Once you have been granted the homeowner’s exemption, and as long as you continue to own and occupy the property on a continuing basis, there is no need to re-file for a homeowner’s exemption. However, if you vacate on a long-term basis (such that you are not residing there on the lien date, January 1,), or rent or lease the property, you must notify the Marin County Assessor in writing that you are no longer eligible for the homeowner’s exemption. Failure to notify the Assessor will result in escape assessments and penalties if an unauthorized homeowner’s exemption is discovered. If at a later date you then reoccupy the property, you must then file a new claim in order to receive the homeowner’s exemption.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • The homeowner’s exemption claim form asks what date I ACQUIRED the property. What date should I use?

    Use the date you first moved into the property but only if your occupancy of the property has been continuous since that date. If you previously vacated the property and then moved back, use the most recent date you moved-in. (Approximate dates are acceptable)

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • The homeowner’s exemption claim form asks what date I OCCUPIED the property. What date should I use?

    Use the date you first moved into the property but only if your occupancy of the property has been continuous since that date. If you previously vacated the property and then moved back, use the most recent date you moved-in. (Approximate dates are acceptable)

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Why do I have to put our Social Security Numbers on the homeowner’s exemption claim form? Isn't it against the law to require that information?

    The social security numbers are used by the Marin County Assessor to verify your eligibility. Also, the California State Board of Equalization uses the social security numbers to detect unauthorized multiple claims throughout California and in order to do that, the California State Board of Equalization runs the Social Security Number information you provide through an electronic matching process that detects instances of multiple homeowner’s exemption filings.

    The content of the application is prescribed by law and cannot be altered by the Marin County Assessor. The reporting of the Social Security Number is required by the California State Board of Equalization as part of the application process under California Revenue & taxation Code Section 218.5, which grants that California State Board of Equalization the discretionary authority to make that requirement.

    The Social Security Number information may also be used by the California State Department of Justice Parent Locator Services and California State Department of Social Services Statewide Automated Child Support System for locating absent parents or property of persons who are delinquent in their child support payments. The California State Department of Social Services may also use them to identify homeowner's who failed to report property ownership to county welfare departments.

    The Social Security Number requirement is made under Title 42 of the United States Code, Section 405(c)(2)(C)(I), which authorizes the use of Social Security Numbers for the administration of any tax.

    It is also true that Federal law does restrict local governments' authority to require the Social Security Number under the "Privacy Act of 1974" (Title 5 United States Code, Section 552a). However, the Privacy Act was amended (Section 7 of Public Law 93-579, USC), to provide that if the reporting was required by the state before January 1, 1975, then the state could continue to require its reporting. Reporting the Social Security Number was required on the Homeowners' Exemption claim form before that specified date; hence, its requirement now appears to be within the law.

    In any case, failure to provide the social security number on the Homeowners' Exemption form will result in a delay in the processing and disallowance of the homeowner’s exemption.

  • Will the public have access to the information on my homeowner’s exemption claim form?

    No. The homeowners' exemption claim form is NOT a public document and both it and the Social Security Number information on the form must be held confidential by the Assessor as a matter of law (reference California State Board of Equalization Property Tax Rule 135(e)(4)).

    For more information or to get a homeowner’s exemption claim, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-7215, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

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Manufactured Homes

  • Are manufactured homes the same as mobilehomes?

    Although they may generally have the same meaning, for California property taxation purposes, the term mobilehome is now obsolete and was changed to manufactured home in California Revenue and Taxation Code section 5801 in January 1992.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • Do I have to file a Change of Ownership Statement following the death of the owner if the manufactured home was held in the decedent's trust?

    Yes. Whenever there is any change in ownership of real property or of a manufactured home, the transferee must file a Change in Ownership Statement In case of Death with the county assessor in the county where the manufactured home is located. If the property is subject to probate proceedings, the Change in Ownership Statement In case of Death  must be filed prior to or at the time the inventory and appraisal is filed with the court clerk.

    In all other cases in which an interest in real property is transferred by reason of death, including a transfer through a medium of a trust, the the Change in Ownership Statement In case of Death must be filed with the county assessor by the trustee, if the property was held in trust, or the transferee within 150 days after the date of death.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How are manufactured homes taxed in California?

    Manufactured homes in California are generally subject to two taxes:

    • Sales tax or use tax at the time of sale or resale, and
    • Either the annual local property tax or the annual vehicle license fee, which is also called an in-lieu fee.

    If your manufactured home was originally purchased new on or after July 1, 1980, it was automatically subject to local property taxes. If purchased new prior to that date, you or the prior owner could voluntarily convert the annual vehicle license fee to local taxation. The general property tax rate throughout California is limited to 1 percent of a property's assessed value. However, depending upon where your manufactured home is located, there may be other taxes or fees necessary to pay off any voter-approved general obligation bonds or other indebtedness which could result in a slightly higher overall property tax rate.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How can I change the taxation of my manufactured home from license fees to the local property tax system?

    You can request a voluntary conversion to local property taxes by contacting the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the county assessor. You may find HCD contact information at: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/. Once manufactured homes have been changed to local property taxation, it is not possible to reinstate the vehicle in-lieu license fees.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • How does the county assessor determine the value of my manufactured home?

    Manufactured homes are subject to Proposition 13 under which the county assessor determines the base year value of a manufactured home, which is generally the market value at the time of purchase. Thereafter, annual increases to the base year value are limited to the inflation rate, as measured by the California Consumer Price Index, or 2 percent, whichever is less. Any new construction will have its own separate base year value. When the manufactured home is sold, it will be reassessed at its current fair market value and a new base year value will be established. If your manufactured home is located on land that you own, the land will be assessed separately. If you live in a tenant-owned mobilehome park, a different valuation rule may apply.

    The basic structure is assessable. Also assessable are all accessories, including, but not limited to: awnings, fences, windbreakers, storage cabinets, heaters, carport, water coolers, cabanas, porches, and skirting.

    California Revenue & Taxation Code Section 5803(b) specifically provides that the assessed value of a manufactured home on leased or rental land is not to include any value attributable to the particular site where the home is located. Thus, the county assessor must not increase the value because of positive site influence nor decrease the value because of negative site influence.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I am a disabled veteran. Am I entitled to the Disabled Veterans' Exemption on my manufactured home?

    Yes. The first $100,000 or $150,000 of the full value of a manufactured home may be exempted from local property taxation if the manufactured home is owned by a blind or disabled veteran, or the veteran's unmarried surviving spouse, with the exempt amount depending on the annual income of the veteran. For additional qualification requirements visit the Disabled Veterans' Exemption page for more information.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I am considering placing my existing manufactured home on a permanent foundation. How will this affect the valuation of my property?

    Once the manufactured home has been installed on an approved permanent foundation, the entire manufactured home and all attached accessory improvements become assessable as real property and are valued in the same manner as a conventional home. The home is no longer classified as a manufactured home.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I own a manufactured home. Do I qualify for a Homeowners' Exemption?

    Yes. To be eligible for the Homeowners' Exemption, a person must own and occupy a dwelling as a principal place of residence on the January 1 lien date. The exemption applies to qualified manufactured homes assessed for local property taxation purposes. If manufactured homes are subject to the vehicle license fee, the exemption can be applied to land, accessories, and/or other improvements for the manufactured home that are owned by the person claiming the exemption.

    A person who owns a manufactured home subject to local property tax on rented land is eligible for either the Homeowners' Exemption or the Renters' Credit, but not both.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • I received my local property tax bill, and I disagree with the valuation placed on my manufactured home by the county assessor. What can I do?

    If you do not agree with the value determined by the Assessor, or if your request did not result in a lower value, please contact the Assessor’s office and speak with the appraiser who made the determination. You may also file a formal appeal with the Marin County Assessment Appeals Board which is an independent board established to resolve differences in property value opinions between the county assessor and property owners. In Marin County, you must file your formal appeal on an “Application for Changed Assessment” between July 2 and November 30 of the fiscal year that you are disputing.

    For more information on how to file an Assessment Appeal, please contact the Marin County Appeals Board Clerk at (415) 473-7345 or email them. You can also visit the Appeals Board website.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • If I purchase a manufactured home or if there is new construction on the home, will I have to pay supplemental taxes?

    Manufactured homes that are subject to local property taxation are subject to supplemental taxes. Manufactured homes that are subject to vehicle license fees are not subject to supplemental taxes.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

  • My manufactured home is currently licensed by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Are there any advantages to converting to local property taxation?
    There may be advantages, but each case should be evaluated individually. One possible advantage is that property taxes are payable in two annual installments. You may also be entitled to the $7,000 Homeowners' Property Tax Exemption or other exemptions administered by the county assessor. It should be noted, however, that if you receive the Homeowners' Exemption, you cannot apply for the Renters' Credit on your California State Income Tax return. Additionally, manufactured homes subject to local property taxation are exempt from any sales or use tax upon resale. Therefore, you may enhance the marketability of your manufactured home by voluntarily converting it to local property taxation prior to selling it. Once you convert to local property taxation, you or any subsequent owners cannot revert back to vehicle license fees.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact the Manufactured Home Appraiser via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

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Mapping

  • What is an Assessor's Parcel Map?

    An Assessor’s Parcel Map is a map maintained by the Marin County Assessor’s Office that delineates the boundaries and identifies ownership of all Assessor Parcels in Marin County. The Assessor's Office prepares and maintains approximately 90,000 individual parcels on 3,500 Assessor Map pages. The Assessor Parcel Maps are continuously updated to reflect new subdivisions, surveys, lot line adjustments and other map changes. For more information, please contact a member of the Assessor staff via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How can I view my property on an Assessor’s Parcel Map?

    The Assessor Parcel Maps can be viewed on the Marin County Assessor-Recorder- County Clerk website. You will need your eight-digit parcel number (example 123-456-48) in order to view the Assessor Parcel Map page online. You can locate your parcel number on your valuation notice, tax bill, deed, or by calling the Marin County Assessor at (415) 473-7215 or via email.

    If you don't have computer access, you can view the full set of Assessor Parcel Maps at the Marin County Assessor’s Office located at Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There is a $5 charge for each 11"x17" copy of an Assessor Parcel Map.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, you can also contact a member of the Assessor staff via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Can I have recorded maps or survey copies emailed to me?

    Yes, the Marin County Recorder will email copies of recorded maps or surveys upon receipt of request and payment.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Recorder's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the Recorder staff via phone at (415) 473-6092 or via email. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.
  • Where can I get a copy of the legal description of my property?

    A copy of the legal description for your property can be found on the deed that was recorded when you purchased your property. If you do not have a copy of your deed, you can get a copy at the Marin County Recorder’s Office located at the Marin Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM excluding major holidays.

    You can view the Grantor/Grantee index online at any time, or in the Recorder’s lobby during business hours (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday) at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael CA.

    Official records from 1/2/1973 to the present are searchable electronically online and on site at the Marin County Recorder. Older records may be researched on-site at the Marin County Recorder’s Office at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232. 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael CA 94903.The online search will only provide you with the document number and index information, but you will not be able to view an image of the recorded document. Please be aware that document images can only be viewed on-site at the Recorder’s Office, however, the Marin County Recorder will email copies of documents upon receipt of request and payment. Recorder’s staff can also offer assistance in search techniques but cannot perform searches on your behalf. Title companies and legal experts can offer further assistance in locating records or performing searches.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Recorder's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the Recorder's staff via phone at (415) 473-6092 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • I have my deed but I don’t understand the legal description. Can the Assessor help me?

    Please contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

    The Marin County Assessor cannot verify your legal description. The Marin County Assessor’s Office is located at Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What are the dimensions or size of my property?

    Approximate dimensions of your parcel can be found on the Assessor Parcel Map. You will need your ten-digit parcel number (example 123-456-48) in order to view the appropriate Assessor Parcel Map online. You can locate your parcel number on your valuation notice, tax bill, deed, or by calling the Marin County Assessor at (415) 473-7215 or via email. The Assessor Parcel Maps can also be viewed on the Marin County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk website by Search Assessor Records - By Map Book.

    If you don't have computer access, you can view the full set of Assessor Parcel Maps at the Marin County Assessor’s Office located at Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. There is a $5 charge for each paper copy of an Assessor Parcel Map.

    Please note the Assessor Parcel Maps are designed for assessment purposes only. No liability is assumed for the accuracy of the data shown on the Assessor Parcel Map. Assessor parcels may not comply with local subdivision or building ordinances.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Assessor's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • What are my property boundaries?

    Your property boundaries are defined by the legal description on your deed. The language on the deed typically references distances and bearings. It may also reference a specific lot or parcel of a Subdivision or Parcel Map which has the legal boundaries delineated on the recorded map.

    To identify the physical boundaries of your property, you will need to contact a Professional Land Surveyor or Civil Engineer. Professional Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers are licensed by the State of California and may be verified at the License Look-up for California-Licensed Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Professional Land Surveyor contact information can be found in the local phone book or on the Internet.

    Members of the Marin County Assessor-Recorder- County Clerk staff are forbidden by California legal codes to practice law or provide legal advice.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Assessor's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • I think the fence between me and my neighbor is in the wrong location. How can I verify that?

    If you have a disagreement with your neighbor over the placement of a fence, this is a private civil matter. The Marin County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk has no jurisdiction over these issues. We recommend that you hire a Professional Land Surveyor to survey the property boundaries to resolve the issue.

    Members of the Marin County Assessor-Recorder- County Clerk staff are forbidden by California legal codes to practice law or provide legal advice.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Assessor's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How do I locate or define my property line?

    If you are trying to locate the property lines or corners of your parcel for legal purposes, we recommend you contact a Professional Land Surveyor. If you are just trying to read or understand the information on the Assessor Parcel Map page that includes your property, please contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. The Marin County Assessor's Office is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How can I get my property surveyed?

    You will need to contact a Professional Land Surveyor. Professional Land Surveyor contact information can be found in the local phone book or on the Internet.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Assessor's Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • How can I tell if there have been any surveys on my property?

    Assessor's Parcel Maps may reference Records of Surveys or other Record Maps within a given area. On the Assessor's Parcel Map, parcels or blocks of parcels with bolded corners and a reference number indicate Record Maps are available for the designated area. Recent Records of Surveys are also entered into the Grantor/Grantee index under the name(s) of the person who requested the Record of Survey, i.e. “SURVEY SMITH”.

    The Record Maps and Surveys can be viewed in person at the Marin County Recorder’s Office located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Our office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays. Please note that the lack of notation of a recorded map or survey on an Assessor Parcel map does not mean a Recorded Map or Survey does not exist.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact a member of the Recorder's Staff via phone at (415) 473-6092 or via email. The Marin County Recorder's Office is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

    Survey Corner Records are maintained on file in the Marin County Department of Public Works Land Use Division located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 304, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 or online at Public Works Corner Records.

  • How can I find out about easements on my property?

    Easements can be created by maps, by deeds, or by agreements between parties.

    An easement may be referenced in the legal descriptions of a recorded deed. Documents creating easements may be recorded separately from or after the original deed is recorded. These documents can be found by searching under the property owner’s name in the Grantor/Grantee index. Official records from 1/2/1973 to the present are searchable electronically online and on-site; older records may be researched on-site at the Marin County Recorder’s Office at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael CA 94903. An online search will only provide you with the document number and index information but you will not be able to view an image of the recorded document. Please be aware that document images can only be viewed on-site at the Recorder’s Office. Recorder’s staff can offer assistance in search techniques but cannot perform searches on your behalf. Title companies and legal experts can offer further assistance in locating records or performing searches.

    Often the easiest way to locate an easement is by obtaining a Preliminary Title Report from a title company.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact a member of the Recorder's staff via phone at (415) 473-6092 or via email. The Marin County Recorder's Office is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 232, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Is my property located in a town/city or in the unincorporated area of Marin County?

    Each Assessor Parcel Number (APN) is assigned to a certain Tax Rate Area (TRA) which is identified by a six-digit number. The TRA code assigned to your parcel appears on your tax bill. The first three (3) digits is the primary code. Each primary code number is for a specific jurisdiction. If the first three digits are 011 or lower, your property is located within an incorporated town or city. If the first three digits are greater than 011, then your property is located within the unincorporated area of Marin County.

    If you cannot find your TRA, you can call the Marin County Assessor at (415) 473-7215 or by  email to get that information.

    Please note that the United States Post Office may designate or associate your property with a particular city; however, the property is only within the town/city boundary if the Tax Rate Area (TRA) identifies it as being within the town or city.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Assessor located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

  • I want to subdivide or split my property. What do I need to do?

    Any questions regarding subdividing your property must be directed to the planning department of the jurisdiction where your property is located. For property located within the unincorporated area of Marin County, you will need to contact the Marin County Community Development Agency Planning Division at (415) 473-6269. For all other properties, you will need to contact the town or city planning department.

  • What is the zoning of my property?

    The Marin County Assessor does not show zoning on the Assessor Parcel Maps. If your property is in the city or town limits, contact the town/city planning department. If your property is located within the unincorporated area in the County of Marin, please contact the Marin County Community Development Agency Planning Division at (415) 473-6269.

  • I want to sell off a portion of my property, and the lender is requiring a new parcel number on the portion to be sold. Will the Assessor comply with this request?

    No, the Assessor's parcels maps are for assessment purposes only. The fact that an outside entity such as a lender or title company has its own requirements does not necessitate an action by the Assessor. Upon recordation or close of escrow, the Assessor will be required by law to assign new parcel number(s) to the newly created parcels caused by the selling of the portion of the property.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. The Marin County Assessor's Office is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • I have two or more Assessor parcel numbers that I want to combine into a single Assessor parcel number so I will only receive one annual property tax bill. Is this possible?

    You may be eligible for an Assessor Parcel Combination to combine your multiple parcels into a single parcel for assessment purposes. Please note that application for an Assessor Parcel Combination does not result in the immediate issuance of a new single Assessor Parcel Number (APN).

    Combining two or more properties together is possible if certain requirements are met. An Assessor Parcel combination is two or more Assessor Parcels combined into one Assessor’s Parcel resulting in a single annual property tax bill. Assessor Parcel combinations are completed for property assessment purposes only. This action does not imply legal lot status nor does it constitute legal lot approval by any planning/building authority. If you have any questions regarding legal lots, you should contact the appropriate planning/building authority where the property is located.

    Assessor Parcel Combination Requests are subject to the following conditions:

    • Parcels to be combined must be in the same Tax Rate Area (TRA).
    • Parcels to be combined must be contiguous.
    • Parcels to be combined must be in the exact same ownership with same titles.
    • Property taxes for all parcels to be combined must NOT be delinquent.
    • Parcels are not noted as two or more distinct parcels of record as defined on official subdivision maps (Parcel 1, 2, or A, B, etc.) filed with the Marin County Recorder.
    • Parcels cannot be combined if one or more parcels are covered by an individual Notice of Merger. (Owners need to contact the Planning Department of the local jurisdiction for information related to Notices of Merger.)

    Note: If one parcel is under Open Space contract or Williamson Act and the other parcel(s) is/are not, the parcels cannot be combined for assessment purposes.

    The fee for an Assessor Parcel Combination is $150 payable by cash or check made payable to the Marin County Assessor.

    If you plan to apply for an Assessor Parcel combination or need additional information, please contact the Assessor Mapping staff at (415) 473-5073 or via email beforehand so that the Assessor Mapping staff can verify that you meet the conditions as shown above.

    Applications for an Assessor Parcel Combination must be made in person at the Office of the Marin County Assessor located in Room 208 of the Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • My Assessor Parcel number (APN) was changed. When does the parcel number change become effective?

    A parcel number change done as a result of a recorded map or recorded deed between January 1 and December 31 of any given year is effective for the following Roll year. For example, a document filed November 15, 2012 will be effective for the 2013 Roll property tax bill that will be mailed in October 2013.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact a member of the Assessor's staff via phone at (415) 473-7215 or via email. The Marin County Assessor's Office is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • I didn’t request a new Assessor parcel number. Why was my Assessor parcel number changed?

    The Marin County Assessor is constantly updating and improving the Assessor Parcel Maps. Sometimes it is necessary to administratively change your Assessor Parcel Number (APN) due to our Assessor Parcel Map page layout and computer system limitations. Other reasons for changes to Assessor Parcel Map pages are land divisions, lot line adjustments, mergers, parcel combination, and tax rate code changes.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. The Marin County Assessor's Office is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Are the parcels on the Assessor's maps "legal" parcels?

    Not necessarily. The Assessor's maps are developed and maintained for assessment purposes only. You must contact the Planning Department of your local jurisdiction to get information regarding the legality of a given parcel. If your property is in the city or town limits, contact the town/city planning department. If your property is located within the unincorporated area in the County of Marin, please contact the Marin County Community Development Agency Planning Division at (415) 473-6269.

  • How do I obtain Marin County GIS information?

    The Marin County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk does not manage the GIS System in Marin County. There are two ways to access Marin County GIS Data. You can access the GIS data through the Marin County website or via MarinMap.

  • I received a letter stating that there was a problem identifying my parcel. Do I need to re-record a new deed even though I used a title company?

    The Marin County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk occasionally needs to send letters to property owners when the legal description shown on a recorded deed does not properly identify the Assessor Parcel. Sometimes title companies make mistakes in filing deeds, so you are not exempt if you used a title company. You should correct the document whenever possible, as it is the legal basis for your property ownership.

    The Marin County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk does not verify, insure or guarantee title. If you used a title company, that should be your first stop toward getting the issue resolved. If you did not use a title company, you may need to seek legal help from an attorney or Professional Land Surveyor. The Assessor’s office cannot give you legal advice.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. The Marin County Assessor's Office is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

  • Why doesn't the Assessor split parcels with a Certificate of Compliance?

    A Certificate of Compliance is issued by the planning department of the jurisdiction where your property is located. A Certificate of Compliance signifies that the local Planning Department recognizes the affected parcels as being "legal" if they were to be split or sold. However, a Certificate of Compliance does not represent an approval of a land division. A land division must go through the local Planning Department approval process.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact a member of the Assessor Mapping staff via phone at (415) 473-5073 or via email. The Marin County Assessor' Office is located at the Marin County Civic Center Room 208, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday excluding major holidays.

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Marriage Licenses/Marriage Ceremonies

  • How do I know if my marriage license was registered?

    The marriage officiant (clergy person or authorized individual) who performs the marriage ceremony is required, by law, to complete the marriage license and return it to the Marin County Recorder’s Office for registration within 10 days of the event.

    The Marin County Recorder is the local registrar of Public Marriage Licenses.

    The Marin County Recorder is required to confirm that a complete and acceptable license is filed for each marriage and that each entry on the license is clear, legible and unambiguous. Once reviewed for proper completion the licenses are registered.

  • How do I register a public marriage license? How do I register a confidential marriage license?

    A public marriage license is registered in the county where the License was purchased. In Marin County, this would be done in the Recorder’s office in Room 232 of the Civic Center. It is the responsibility of the person solemnizing the marriage to return the completed License within ten days. Marriage Licenses may be:

    • Mailed using the self-addressed envelope provided in the packet the couple receives when they get their License, or
    • Hand-carried to the Recorder’s office where, time allowing, it can then be registered and certified copies issued.

    Confidential marriages are registered in the County Clerk’s office in room 234. It is the responsibility of the person solemnized the marriage to return the completed License of Marriage within ten days. Marriage Licenses may be:

    • Mailed using the self-addressed envelope provided in the packet the couple receives when they get their License, or
    • Hand-carried to the County Clerk’s office where, time allowing, it can be registered then.
    • Note: certified copies of Confidential Licenses can only be issued to the wedding couple or by a court order.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm.

  • If I am not a United States citizen and I get married to an American citizen in the United States, can I legally stay in the United States?

    For information on this matter, please visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.

  • How do I apply for a marriage license?

    To obtain a public or confidential marriage license, you must go to the County Clerk’s Office with your intended spouse. To apply you will need valid photo identification such as a state driver's license, state ID card, or passport. If either partner does not speak English, someone who can translate must accompany the couple unless the language is Spanish.

    For convenience, you can begin the process with our Online Application system and then print the application and bring it with you to the Marin County Clerk's office. You will not receive a valid marriage license until you have appeared together in person, with valid identification, at the Marin County Clerk’s Office, signed the application, and paid for the license.

    The fee for a public marriage license is $85.00 and the fee for a confidential license is $93.00. Payment is accepted in cash or check, payable to the “Marin County Clerk”. Debit and credit cards are also accepted (additional $2.50 processing fee applies).

    The marriage must be solemnized (ceremony performed) within 90 days of the date the license is issued.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Do I need a birth certificate to apply for a marriage license?

    No. To obtain a marriage license, both partners must appear together at the County Clerk's office with valid photo identification such as a state driver's license, state ID card, or passport.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • What if my future spouse cannot come to the office?

    To obtain a public or confidential marriage license, the couple must appear together at the Marin County Clerk's office with valid photo identification such as a state driver's license, state ID card, or passport.

    For more information on inability to appear contact the County Clerk’s Office at (415) 473-6152 or via email.

    If your future spouse is incarcerated in the Marin County Jail, you should contact Prisoner Services at the detention facility at (415) 473-7268 for more information on the process. 

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • If I’m ordained in another state/country can I perform a ceremony in California?

    Yes, provided you are authorized by an entity to perform ceremonies. In California, it is the ordination or investment by the denomination that gives each clergy member the authority to perform the marriage rite. Family Code Section 359 requires the person solemnizing a marriage to endorse upon the license, the specific denomination that gives him/her the authority to solemnize marriages. NOTE: Out-of-state or out-of-country priests, ministers, or clergy persons may perform marriages in California if they are ordained or invested by a denomination.

    If you are not authorized to perform ceremonies we can deputize you to perform a ceremony. To add a personal touch to your wedding ceremony, you may elect to have a friend or family member deputized for the ceremony.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6772 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). Due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Can a minister ordained online perform a ceremony?

    Once you have a marriage license, you may be married by any priest, rabbi, minister or other authorized person of your choice.

    However, we would prefer the minister review the "Online Minister Packet". The County Clerk will go over the information needed to perform a ceremony and fill out a sample marriage license with the minister. Many of the online ministers have never performed a ceremony and there is vital information they need to know.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • How do I become a deputy commissioner of Civil Marriages?

    The requirements to become a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages are: the couple MUST have purchased their license at the Marin County Clerk's Office, the person must be 18 years old and they must appear in person any weekday prior to the ceremony.

    The deputization is for one ceremony only. If you want to perform multiple ceremonies, you must get deputized for each one. The fee is $60.00 payable only by cash or check.  Your check should be made payable to the "Marin County Clerk".

    To officiate at a ceremony as a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages, you will need to provide your full name with identification, the date of the ceremony, the couples' names and the closest city/town (no landmarks) and county in California where the ceremony will take place.  You will be sworn in by an oath of office for that specific event. We will provide a sample ceremony that you may use or rewrite along with instructions on how to complete and return the marriage license.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Can I get married at the Civic Center?

    Yes. Civil wedding ceremonies are performed by the County Clerk’s Office by a deputy commissioner of civil marriages. Couples have a choice of getting married at the Civic Center public garden patio (weather permitting) or wedding room located in the Marin County Clerk’s office. There is room for up to 20 people for a patio ceremony and up to 8 people, including the couple to be wed, in the wedding room.

    Ceremonies cost $56.00 payable by cash or check to the “Marin County Clerk”. Ceremonies are performed by appointment only at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except legal holidays.

    To make an appointment for a ceremony at the Civic Center, please call (415) 473-6772 or email.

    If you are using a public marriage license, you must bring at least one witness with you to the ceremony. There is room for two witness signatures on the Public Marriage License but only one is required. No witnesses are required if you have a confidential marriage.

    For safety reasons, nothing may be thrown in or around the Civic Center. Bubbles are okay.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).  However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Do we both have to be at the office to apply for a marriage license?

    Yes. To obtain a marriage license, the couple must appear together at the Marin County Clerk's office with valid photo identification such as a state driver's license, state ID card, or passport.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • If we are already legally married to each other, can we apply for a marriage license?

    No, applicants for a marriage license must be unmarried (Family Code 301).

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • What is the difference between a confidential and a public marriage license?

    A public marriage license is a public record. The license allows you to have the ceremony performed anywhere within the State of California and you are required to have at least one witness present during the ceremony.

    The confidential marriage record is only made available to the parties to the marriage and cannot be viewed by anyone except the couple.  Other parties are not privy to the information on the license without a court order. A confidential marriage license requires the couple to be living together prior to applying for the license. The ceremony may take place anywhere within the State of California. Witnesses are not required during the ceremony nor do witnesses sign the marriage license.

    Both types of marriage licenses are legally valid. Certified copies of a Public License (maintained in the Recorder’s Office) or Confidential License (maintained in the Clerk’s Office) may be purchased after the ceremony is performed and the license has been registered.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Does my marriage license expire?

    Yes, all marriage licenses must be used within 90 days of the date of issue. If your license expires and you still want to get married you will have to purchase a new license and pay the fees again. The life of the marriage license cannot be extended.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Can I get married the day I get the marriage license?

    Yes. Both the public and confidential marriage licenses are effective on the day issued and may be used anywhere in the State of California within 90 days of the issue date.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • Is either type of marriage license published in the newspaper?

    No.

    If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903. You can also contact a member of the County Clerk staff via phone at (415) 473-6152 or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed for major holidays). However, due to processing time, licenses and applications are accepted for filing between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

  • What is the fee for a marriage license?

    The fee for a public marriage license is $85.00 and the fee for a confidential license is $93.00. Payment is accepted in cash or check, payab