Frequently Asked Questions

Shelly Scott, Assessor - Recorder - County Clerk

For additional information

Assessor’s Office / Open to the Public – Appointments Are Encouraged

  • For questions or information about real property assessments – Call (415) 473-7215 or contact us by email.
  • For questions or information about Business Property or Personal Property assessments, call (415) 473-7208 or contact the Assessor by email.
  • If you’d prefer to schedule an in-person appointment to minimize your wait time, please visit our electronic calendar to schedule your appointment electronic calendar.

Recorder’s Office / Open to the Public 9am to 4pm

  • Recording Services - Call (415) 473-6093 with recording questions or email the Recorder.
  • Electronic Recording is available for authorized submitters, including title companies and some government agencies.
  • Recording Official Record Documents by Mail – Documents to be recorded can be sent via U.S. Mail or express mail service.
  • Mailing address: P.O. Box C, San Rafael, CA 94913.
  • Express shipping address: 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 232, San Rafael, CA 94903.
  • Recording Official Record Documents in Person – The Recorder’s office is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Documents presented and accepted for recording after 3 p.m. will be recorded the next business day. Wait times will vary based on customer volume.

Vital Records - Copy Services / Open to the Public 9am to 4pm

  • Vital Records – Copy Services - Call (415) 473-6395 with questions or email the Copy Center.
  • Order birth or death certificates for events that occurred in Marin County, as well as marriage certificates issued by Marin County, from our website.
  • Request copies of Vital Records at the Copy Center public counter. Wait times will vary based on customer volume.
  • Copies of official records and recorded maps can be ordered on here.

County Clerk

  • County Clerk — Call (415) 473-6772 with questions or Email the Clerk.
  • Office hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Monday through Friday (closed major holidays). All transactions, filings, and applications must be presented for processing by 3:30 PM.
  • Appointments for other in-person County Clerk services including notary public renewals and professional registrations (Process Servers, Legal Document Assistants, etc.) may be scheduled online.
  • Renew unexpired fictitious business names and submit CEQA filings by mail. Send to 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 234, San Rafael, CA 94903.
  • A list of current CEQA filings and miscellaneous agencies’ notices and agendas may be found on the County Clerk’s website.

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