Official Certifications & Professional Registrations

Service Changes Effective July 20, 2020

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020, the Clerk-Recorder Department will be closing its branch offices in Anaheim, Laguna Hills and at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The department's office at the County Service Center in Santa Ana will remain open but only offer over-the-counter service for birth, death, and marriage certificates, all professional registrations, and real property document recordings. All other services will be offered by mail only.

Effective July 20, 2020, the following services must be requested via mail. No over-the-counter service will be available until further notice:


  • Fictitious Business Name Statements
  • Official Records Copies
  • Notary Registrations
  • EIR Filings

  For more information about the services being offered by the Clerk-Recorder Department, please call the department's information line at (714) 834-2500, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.


Unlawful Detainer Assistant registration is required in each county where the services are performed. The registration application can be completed and submitted in our main office in downtown Santa Ana. If registering as a corporation or partnership, at least two partners or corporate officers must be present to sign at the time of registration. Only one partner or corporate officer must submit their supporting educational documentation. Identification cards issued in the name of the partnership/corporation will not contain a photo. Additionally, employees must individually qualify and file separate individual registrations. Employee identification cards will not be issued.

The registrant must appear in person and meet the following requirements:

  • Only the customer requesting the service will be allowed to enter the office.
  • Present a valid government issued, photo identification (birth certificate, driver's license, or passport)
  • Present a bond in the amount of $25,000 naming the registrant as the principal, providing the term of bond (two years), commencement date, and expiration date.
  • Provide supporting educational documentation as required in the Business and Professional Code § 6400, 6402 & 6408.
  • The filing fee is $189 for a single-sided, single-page bond, but may vary. Please add $3 for each additional page of the bond.
    You must complete your application prior to visiting our offices. You may complete your application here: Online Unlawful Detainer Assistant Registration Application

 Registration service is available until 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, except holidays.