Quitclaim Deed Recording Information for Napa County, California
A quitclaim deed will prevail over a prior unrecorded warranty deed, provided that the grantee listed in the quitclaim deed was a purchaser for value without notice of the prior unrecorded warranty deed.
A Quitclaim Deed can be written using the following statutory form:
“I, A B, quitclaimto C D all that real property situated in (insert name of county) County, State of California, bounded (or described) as follows: (here insert property description, or if the land sought to be conveyed has a descriptive name, it may be described by the name, as for instance, "The Norris Ranch.')
Witness my hand this (insert day) day of (insert month),
In addition to the statutory form, the following rules apply:
1. Original signatures are required. A certified copy of a document is acceptable.
2. Any California notary public or other officer taking acknowledgments in California must complete the California all-purpose notary acknowledgment.
3. A quitclaim deed presented for recording must be sufficiently legible in order to produce a readable photographic copy. To this end, font size should be at least 10 point.
4. A page is defined as one single piece of paper measuring 8.5x11 inches. A sheet is defined as one printed side of a single piece of paper that is not exactly 8.5x11 inches, but is no larger than 8.54x14.
5. All quitclaim deeds submitted for recording must have at least a ½ inch margin along each vertical side. In addition, the top 2.5 inches of the first page or sheet must be left blank for recording information. The left 3.5 inches at the top of the first page is used to show the name of the party requesting the recording and where to mail the document after recording.
6. If the first page does not have the required space for recording information, a separate page or cover sheet must be attached to the front of the document. The cover page should show the name of the party requesting the recording, where to mail the document after it is recorded, and the title or titles of the document. Recording fees will be charged for this page.
7. All documents submitted for recording must indicate the title or titles. The title (or titles) must appear on the first page, directly below the space reserved for the recorder. “Quitclaim Deed” would be a sufficient title.
8. The Recorder is required to index all titles shown on the first page. Additional titles may also be identified and indexed at the discretion of the Recorder. Additional titles indexed by the Napa County Recorder include but are not limited to Assignment of Rents and Leases found in the body of the document. When a document contains more than one title to be indexed, the recording fee will increase $16 for each additional title to be indexed.
9. Any quitclaim deed that modifies, releases, or cancels the provisions of a previously recorded document must contain the recording reference number of that prior document.
10. A Documentary Transfer Tax is collected on conveyances of real property for which a quitclaim deed is drafted. If a conveyance is exempt from the transfer tax, a Claim of Exemption from Documentary Transfer Tax can be submitted with the real estate document at the time of recording.
11. A Preliminary Change of Ownership Report must be completed by the buyer prior to the transfer of property.
COST OF QUITCLAIM DEED
All recording fees are due at the time of recording.
To record the first page of a quitclaim deed, the fee is $16. Each additional page is $3.
For nonconforming quitclaim deeds, an additional $3 fee will apply to each nonconforming page.
Multiple title documents are $16 for each title.
Each additional document reference is $1, and each additional group of 10 or more names is $1.
Quitclaim deeds that are recorded without a Preliminary Change of Ownership report are an additional $20.
The Documentary Transfer Tax is $ .55 per each $500.
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