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By using this service, in any form, the user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Mendocino County Clerk, Recorder, Assessor and anyone involved in storing, retrieving, or displaying this information for any damage of any type that may be caused by retrieving this information over the Internet.

Users should remember that the index is similar to a library card catalogue; it is a guide to the information contained within the documents referenced and should not be relied upon in making any decision or determination regarding the underlying document.

The user is advised to search all possible spelling variations of names, as well as other search criteria, to maximize search results.


Recorder Public Records Search

Search our online Index of Public Records: Official Public Records, Fictitious Business Names, Professional Registrations, CEQA Filings and Maps.

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About Public Record Images

Recorded and filed documents and maps are public records; they are available for public viewing in our offices at no cost, but California law prohibits the display of recorded documents on the internet. We store records dating from 1859 to November 1994 in our office on microfilm and digital images, and we store records from November 1994 to the present as digital images on computer.

Index of Official Public Records

The Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder does offer an online Index of Official Public Records recorded from 1951 to the present. You can search this online index to locate documents that can be reviewed and purchased by visiting our office in Ukiah.  Documents recorded prior to 1951 (going back to 1859) are not indexed online, but are indexed in handwritten volumes which can be examined in our office at no cost. We also have a cumulative map index in our office for subdivision maps, parcel maps, surveys and assessment districts.

All recorded documents are indexed by the names of the principal parties. To locate a document in our indexes, you will need to know the name of at least one party and the approximate year the document was recorded.

Indexing Change Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, the Mendocino County Recorder's Office will not abbreviate any word written into the Grantor/Grantee index. All words appear in the index as written on the recorded document. If the document contains an abbreviation then the index will contain the same abbreviation.

In the past, hundreds of words such as Bank, Company, Trustee etc. were abbreviated as, BK, CO, TR etc,. This practice was initiated because of the limited length of space allocated in the electronic format and was potentially confusing. We are no longer constrained by the length of space.

In earlier years the first word of an index entry was abbreviated so, for example, SECURITY PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK would appear as SEC PAC NATL BK.  Later we discontinued the practice of abbreviating the first words so in our example, SECURITY PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK appeared in the index as SECURITY PAC NATL BK.


When searching for a record prior to 2018, remember to use abbreviations.  After January 1, 2018, search under the exact name of the person or company.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 707 234-6824.


Copies of these records are available for $2.50 for the first page plus $.50 for each additional page of the same document.