Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Kings County

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

You can file your mechanic liens in person at the Kings County Clerk/Recorder’s office located at:

Kings County Government Center
1400 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA. 93230

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..
Documents submitted for same day recording must be presented to the County Clerk/Recorder’s office office between 8:30 am and 3:00 p.m.

Title companies must submit documents for recording between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. in order to receive the 8:00 recording time.

What is Kings County's Recording Backlog?

The Kings County Clerk/Recorder’s does not publicly disclose backlog on recording information. However, be aware of the Kings County Clerk/Recorder’s recording process. Note that documents submitted for same day recording must be presented to the The Kings County Clerk/Recorder’s office between 8:30 am and 3:00 p.m. Title companies must submit documents for recording between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. in order to receive the 8:00 recording time. Documents presented by title companies after 8:30 a.m. will receive the real time stamp. Recordable Documents presented after 3:00 p.m. will be recorded the next business day.

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

If the project is located in Kings county, then yes, you will want to record your lien with the Kings County Recorder’s office.

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

The Kings County Clerk/Recorder’s minimum recording requirements are as follows:

1. The document must have a tax statement mailing address at the bottom of the first page.

2. The title of the document must appear on the first page immediately below the spaces reserved for the return address and the Recorder.

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

All documents must comply with the 8 1/2 ” X 11″ paper (16 pound bond or heavier) standard page size and not to exceed 8 1/2″ X 14″. A fee will be charged for ech page that is not 8 1/2″ X 11″.

The top right hand side of the document must have a 2 1/2″ X 5″ space reserved for Recorders Use Only.

The Top Left hand side of the document must have a 2 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ space reserved for a return address.

The document must have 1/2″ margins on all pages.

How can I make payment to the Kings County Recorder?

The Kings County Recorder generally accepts all major forms of payment. The Kings County recorder accepts cash, money order, and most major credit cards.

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

The Kings County Clerk/Recorder’s regular recording fee is $13.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page.

Additional Recording Fees

Non-standard Form: $3.00 per page that is not 8 1/2″ x 11″

Penalty Print: $1.00

Indexing Fees: $1.00 for each additional reference indexed

$1.00 for each group of 10 names, or fraction thereof, in addition to the initial first 10 names

Release of Lien by State or local government if original lien was recorded without fee: $8.00

Copy Fees

Official Copy: $3.50 for the first page and $0.10 for each additional page
Certification Fee: $0.80

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

You can obtain a recorded copy of your lien in person at the Kings County Clerk/Recorder’s office located at:

Kings County Government Center
1400 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA. 93230

Phone:
(559) 852-2470
Fax: (559) 582-6639

Copies of recorded documents are available during normal office hours.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Kings 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 Kings 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 20-Day Preliminary Notice in Kings County?

The fee to file a California Preliminary Notice in Kings County is $3.25.

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