How to Get a Copy of a Deed of Trust in Los Angeles

Gather necessary information about the trust deed for which you want a copy. Trust deeds are filed by the names of the grantors and/or grantees exactly as they appear on the document. You will also need the recording date, or at least the year. If the deed of trust was recorded before 1982, provide the book, page and instrument number if available. If it was recorded in 1982 or later, reference the instrument number which is a six-digit number preceded by the recording year.

Obtain an official copy of the deed of trust in person. You can do this by visiting the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Headquarters location during regular business hours. Take all necessary information about the trust deed with you.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Headquarters

12400 East Imperial Highway

Norwalk, CA 90650

562-462-2125

Request an official copy of the deed of trust by mail. Send your request to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Headquarters location listed in Step 2. The fees for copies are $5 for the first page plus $3 for each additional page per trust deed. The fee for certification is an additional $1 for each trust deed.

If you are requesting the copy by mail and are not sure what the exact fees will be, just enclose a check leaving the dollar amount blank and write a restriction phrase below the amount line -- for example, "not to exceed $25." The clerk who processes your order will complete the check and send you a receipt indicating the exact check amount. Make checks payable to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Get an official copy of the deed of trust online. Apply for your copy by visiting the LexisNexis Payment Solutions website (see Resources) for making secure payments to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Follow the online instructions when making your payment.