Legal Document Assistant Registration

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.

Legal Document Assistant Registration

Legal document assistant registration is required in each county where services are performed. The registration application is completed and submitted at out main office in Santa Ana. If a registering 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 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:

  • Possess a valid government issued picture identification (birth certificate, driver’s license or passport).
  • Present a bond in the amount of $25,000 naming the registrant as principal providing the term of the bond, two years, commencement date, and expiration date.
  • Supporting educational documentation as required in Business and Profession 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.
  • Replacement cards are $10 each.
  • Only the person requesting the service will be allowed to enter the office.
    You must complete your application online prior to visiting our offices. You can complete your application here: Online Legal Document Assistant Registration Application

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