Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2013

Additional Government Code Provisions

Provisions Relating to Recording of Documents

Chapter 6. Recorder

Article 3. Documents to Be Recorded*

Section 27279

27279. Instrument. (a) "Instrument," as used in this chapter, means a written paper signed by a person or persons transferring the title to, or giving a lien on real property, or giving a right to a debt or duty.

(b) The recorder of any county may, in lieu of a written paper, accept for recording digitized images digital images, or both, of a recordable instrument, paper, or notice if both of the following conditions are met:

(1) The image conforms to all other applicable statutes that prescribe recordability, except the requirement of original signatures in subdivision (b) of Section 27201.

(2) The requester and addressee for delivery of the recorded images are the same and can be readily identified as a local or state government entity, or an agency, branch, or instrumentality of the federal government.

History.—Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 400, in effect January 1, 1989. Stats. 1992, Ch. 876, in effect January 1, 1993, substituted "chapter" for "article" after "used in this". Stats. 1996, Ch. 872, in effect January 1, 1997, added subdivision letter designation (a) before the first paragraph, and added subdivision (b). Stats. 2007, Ch. 277 (AB 1020), in effect January 1, 2008, substituted ", digital images, or both, of a recordable instrument, paper, or notice" for "of recordable instruments" after "digitized images" in the first sentence of the first paragraph of subdivision (b).

Note.—Section 2 of Stats. 1988, Ch. 400, provided that Section 27279 of the Government Code, as added by Section 1 of this act, is declaratory of existing law and is not intended to expand or diminish the scope of documents presently found by recorders to be eligible for recordation.

* Article 3 was added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424, in effect September 19, 1947.