Acceptable Forms of Payment

Acceptable forms of payment vary depending upon how services are provided.  Please review the following information carefully. 


Fees for transactions conducted in-person at one of our office locations may be paid by:

  • cash
  • check
  • ​money order
  • debit card
  • VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express
  • ​Apple Pay, Google Pay, or S​​amsung Pay†​​

Exceptions:  Recording fees for documents presented at the South service center, or after 3:00 p.m. at our Main office, must be paid by cash or check.  If registering as a Notary Public, Process Server, Professional Photocopier, LDA, or UDA, the recording fee for the bond must be paid with a separate check. View Office Locations

A service fee of $2.50 per transaction ($5,000 limit) applies to all in-person credit or debit card transactions.

Mail, fax, and online orders

Fees for mail, fax, and online orders may be paid by:

  • Check
  • money order
  • VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express

A processing fee of $6.00 applies to credit card transactions for mail, fax, and online orders.

Additional Information

All payments must be in U.S. dollars.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to the “Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder.”

We accept the following types of checks:

  • personal (pre-printed with the customer’s complete name and address)
  • cashier’s
  • certified
  • traveler’s

Starter checks, unnumbered checks, and non-personalized checks are not acceptable.