How to Search for a Real Estate Property Title in California

Performing a property title search in California is easy and free. Property records are public information, are available online as well as in person at the local clerk's office, and are made available to anyone who has an interest. To begin, you'll need either the property address or the owner's name. Be advised, however: if you'd like a copy, be prepared to pay.

Step 1

Visit the California Free Public Records Directory website (see References), or the town or county clerk's office. If you're on the website, you can search records by county, town, zip code and category. In the office, you'll need the property address or the owner's name.

Step 2

Select "Land Records and Deeds" on the website. You'll be able to narrow your search by owner name and county of residence. At the office, ask the clerk for the property title record.

Step 3

Print a copy for yourself; you may need change to pay for the copy.

Things You'll Need

  • County clerk address or Internet access

  • Property address, or owner name

  • Money (if necessary)

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