Guide to filing a mechanics lien in Tuolumne County

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

You can file your mechanic liens in person or by mail.

In Person

Documents may be presented for recording to the Toulumne County Recorder’s Office located at:

2 S. Green St.
Third Floor
Sonora, CA 95370

Ph: 209-533-5531
Fx: 209-533-6543

Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Recording Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

All applicable fees must be paid at the time of recording.

By Mail

You may also mail in your documents for recording with a check, cashiers check, or money order made payable to:

Tuolumne County Recorder
2 South Green St.
Sonora, CA 95370

What is Tuolumne County's Recording Backlog?

The Toulumne County Recorder does not publicly disclose information on recording backlog. Your request is processed upon receipt but expects to receive your original recorded document back in the mail within 7 to 10 working days.

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

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

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

Each document presented for recording must include or comply with the Toulumne County Recorder’s general requirements. They are as follows:

1. The property must be located in Tuolumne County (CC 1169)
2. The document must be authorized or required by law to be recorded (GC 29201)
3. The document must be submitted with the proper fees and taxes (GC 6103, 27201, 27261)
4. The document must be in compliance with state and local laws
5. The document should name the person requesting the recording (GC 27361.6)
6. The document should state the name and address of whom the document should be returned. Fill in “recording requested by and mail to” (GC 27361.6)
7. The entire document, including the notary seal, must be legible enough to produce a readable photographic record (GC 27201, 27361.6, 27361.7, and 8207)
8. Signatures must be original unless the document is a certified copy issued by the appropriate custodian of the public record (GC 27201b)
9. The document must be properly acknowledged, unless exempt (California requires an all-purpose acknowledgment) (GC 27201, 27289, 27285, 27287, 27288, CC 1189)
10. The Assessor’s parcel number is required on all conveyances by local ordinance (R&T code 11911.1)

 

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

All documents must comply with the 8 1/2” X 11” standard page size. Any page other than 8 1/2” X 11” will incur an additional recording fee.

 

How can I make payment to the Tuolumne County Recorder?

All applicable fees must be paid at the time of recording.

You may also mail in your documents for recording with a check, cashiers check, or money order made payable to:

Tuolumne County Recorder
2 South Green St.
Sonora, CA 95370

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

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

Additional Recording Fees

Non-conforming page size penalty: $3.00 for each page that
is larger or smaller than 8 1/2” X 11″

Penalty print: $1.00 for each page

Indexing fees: $1.00 for each reference indexed
$1.00 for each group of 10 names or fractional portion thereof after 1st group of 10 names

Lien Fees

Lien release filed by City, County or State Government: $11.00

Copy Fees

Official Copy: $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page

Certification of certification under Seal: $1.00

Conformed Copy: Free

Only one copy will be conformed

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

You may request for a recorded copy of your lien in person, over the phone or online.

In Person

Certified and non-certified copies of documents are available for viewing and purchase at the County Recorder’s office located at:

S. Green St., 3rd Flr
Sonora, CA 95370
Monday-Friday: 8:am to 5:pm
Phone: (209) 533-5531

By Phone

Certified copies of documents are available for purchase over the phone and delivered via U.S. mail.

Non-certified copies can be ordered over the phone and delivered via e-mail.

Phone: (209) 533-5531
E-mail: recorder@tuolumnecounty.ca.gov

Monday-Friday: 8:am to 5:pm

Online

Copies of most property-related documents are available online for purchase and instant delivery by third-party vendors such as ParcelQuest. Use the following link — https://assr.parcelquest.com/Home/Disclaimer — to purchase non-certified copies of documents associated with a specific property or to search for individual documents by instrument/document number.

Notes Fees for documents ordered online from third-party vendors are set by the respective vendor and may be priced higher, or lower, than identical copies purchased directly from the County Recorder.

Do I have the right to file a mechanics lien in Tuolumne 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 Tuolomne County, California.

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

What is the fee to file a CA Preliminary Notice in Tuolumne County?

The fee to file a California Preliminary Notice in Tuolumne is $23.00.

 

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