Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Calaveras County

Where is the Calaveras County Recorder's Office that files mechanic liens?

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Calaveras County Clerk Recorder’s Office located at:

891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249

Phone: (209) 754-6372
Fax: (209) 754-6733

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

What is Calaveras County's Recording Backlog?

The Calaveras County Clerk Recorder’s Office does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog.

Should my mechanics lien be filed in Calaveras County, or some other county?

If the property is located in Calaveras County, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Calaveras County Clerk Recorder’s Office.

What are Calaveras County's requirements for recording a mechanics lien?

All documents for recording must comply with certain basic requirements. The Calaveras County Clerk Recorder Office’s general requirements are as follows:

1. Recording where – instruments entitled to be recorded must be recorded in the county in which the real property affected is located
(Civil Code 1169).

2. Legibility – documents must be legible and capable of producing a readable photographic record (Gov. Code 27361.7).

3. Document titles – all document titles must be identified on the first page, immediately below the space reserved for the recorder’s use (see item 3 above; Gov. Code 27324).

4. Names required on documents – names of the parties to be indexed must be contained within the document (Gov. Code 27288.1)

5. Legal description and recording references – documents referencing land must include a legal description; recording references,
if any, must be listed on the document (Civil
Code 1092).

6. Exhibits and riders – must be clearly marked as such and submitted with the respective document (Gov. Code 27361.1).

7. Signatures – documents must contain original signatures or be a certified copy of the original; certified copies must be unaltered
(Gov. Code 27201(b); Civil Code 1218).

8. Legible names – names must be printed or typed near all signatures and business names (Gov. Code 27280.5).

9. Notary acknowledgment – documents affecting title to real property must be properly acknowledged (Gov. Code 27287).

10. Modifying or releasing interest – any document which modifies or releases a previously recorded document shall state the names of all parties affected or being released, the county of recordation, the instrument number or book and page, and the date of recordation of the document being modified or released (Gov. Code 27361.6; Gov. Code 27288.1 (b)).

11. Building Homes & Jobs Act Tax Exemptions– Exemptions from the $75 per title fee, must be placed on the face of each document. If no valid exemption is declared, the tax will be assessed. This equirement is being made in accordance with the legislative amendment of Government Code section 27388.1.

What are the margin & page size requirements to file a lien in Calaveras County?

All documents must contain black print on white paper and be at least 8 1/2″ x 11″, but no larger than 8 1/2″ x 14″.

Documents must have at least a 1/2″ margin on the two vertical sides; the right-hand 5″ of the top 2 1/2″ shall be reserved for recording information.

The left-hand 3 1/2″ of the top 2 1/2″ shall be used for the name of the party requesting recordation and the name and mailing address
where the document should be mailed after recording.

How can I make payment to the Calaveras County Recorder?

Calaveras County accepts cash, credit, and most major credit cards.

What are the filing fees to record a mechanics lien in Calaveras County?

The Calaveras County Clerk-Recorder’s basic recording fee is $15.00 and $3.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Penalty Print (More than 9 lines per vertical inch or 22 characters per horizontal line): $1.00

Non-standard size page: $3.00 each page or sheet of the document that is not 8 1/2″” x 11″”.

Indexing Fees: $1.00 for each additional recording reference

$1.00 after the initial group of 10 names each additional group of ten

Release of State, City or County liens: $13.00

Copy Fees

Official Copy: $2.00 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page

Certification: $1.00

Conformed Copy: $1.00

How do I get a recorded copy of my lien from Calaveras County's Recorders Office?

You may request a copy of a recorded document in person or by mail.

In Person

You can visit the Calaveras County Clerk Recorder’s Office located at:

891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249

Phone: (209) 754-6372
Fax: (209) 754-6733

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

By Mail

To receive a copy of a document by mail, send a written request to 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249 with the type of document you are requesting, the owners name, property address/Assessor’s Parcel Number.

Make sure to include a check for the fees and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Copy fees are based on the number of pages per document – to determine the number of pages, please call the County Clerk Recorder’s Office at (209)754-6372 and staff will look up this information.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Calaveras County, CA?

Determining whether you do or do not have a mechanics lien right can be tricky. Generally speaking, every state gives those who have furnished labor and/or materials to a construction project the right to file a mechanics lien if unpaid for the furnishing. The same is true in California. However, there are some state-specific limitations as to who is qualified to file a mechanics lien that is important when considering whether you have the right to file a mechanics lien in Calaveras County, California.

Great and detailed information about this is available on our California Mechanics Lien Resources Page.

What is the fee to file a California Preliminary Notice in Calaveras County?

The fee to file a California Preliminary Notice in Calaveras County is $25.00.