County of San Diego

ASSESSOR | RECORDER | COUNTY CLERK

Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr.

OWNER ALERT


OWNER ALERT is a FREE REAL ESTATE FRAUD NOTICE SERVICE from the County of San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk.

Key to protecting you against real estate fraud!

The service sends an immediate email notification to subscribed property owners anytime a document is recorded with our office transferring title to your property.


OWNER ALERT is a free service provided by your Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk office that uses cutting-edge technology with 24/7 monitoring to help protect your home and property title from fraudulent theft.

We have partnered with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office - Real Estate Fraud Unit to fight real estate fraud.

OWNER ALERT is a great step forward to protecting San Diego County property owners like you from title fraud and unwarranted liens. 



What do I need to sign up:

  • Your Email Address
  • Your Name    
  • Optional - Assessor Parcel Number (APN):  find it on your property tax bill (highlighted in yellow) or use the ParcelQuest look up tool.        

How does it work: 

OWNER ALERT is available to alert subscribers when a document is recorded into the County of San Diego Official Records.

If subscribed to OWNER ALERT, you will receive automated email alerts when a document is recorded containing the indexed name and/or Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) registered. This would include liens recorded and placed on your personal, business, and trust names that you register.

You can register up to 10 different names and/or 10 APNs per registered email address.

There is no charge for this service, and you may unsubscribe at any time. 

What does the email alert contain:

The automated email will provide you with a document number for the indexed name and/or APN you registered for, and a link to view the document index information. You may also search the document number through our Official Records Index.

We will not be able to provide information regarding the contents of the document. To view the document, you may view on one of the public kiosks at our offices or purchase a copy of the document. 

Keep in mind: 

This service only applies to documents recorded AFTER your subscriber registration has been activated. Search the County of San Diego Official Records Index from 1970 to present

Not all APNs and names are entered in the Official Records Index. Learn more about document types and their indexed fields.

Subscriptions monitoring common surnames and/or first names may receive additional notifications that may not apply to the subscriber. If you suspect you are a victim of fraud, contact the District Attorney's Office - Real Estate Fraud Unit.

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DISCLAIMER:

The County of San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any of the information contained in this service. The County of San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without any obligation, to make improvements or correct any error or omissions in any portion of the service. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of the information is the responsibility of the user. The County of San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk shall not be liable for errors or for any damages in connection with the use of the information contained herein. Names and email addresses used for the Owner Alert service may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act.

Enroll a name most relevant or important to you. Reminder: you can register 10 names and/or 10 Assessor Parcel Number(s) per registered email. Please be aware that you will receive notifications for any names that match those registered.

EXAMPLES OF CORRECT NAME FORMATS

Individual Name

Example: George Andrew Washington Jr.

  • Washington, George Andrew Jr
  • Washington, George A Jr
  • Washington, George A
  • Washington, George Jr
  • Washington, George

Prefixes on surnames example: Jose La Posda

  • La Posda, Jose

Prefixes on surnames example: George St. John

  • St John, George

Prefixes on surnames example: Molly O’Hare Smith

  • Smith, Molly O Hare

Prefixes on surnames example: Walter Van de Kamp

  • Van de Kamp, Walter

Business Name (Trust Names are captured here)

Corporation Example: The Generic Business Inc

  • Generic Business Inc

Limited Liability Example:  The Generic Business LLC

  • Generic Business LLC

Trusts Example: The Johnson Family Trust

  • Johnson Family Trust

Trusts Example: The Johnson Family Trust Agreement

  • Johnson Family Trust

Trusts Example: The Gary Myers and Jane Myers Trust

  • Gary Myers and Jane Myers Trust

APN – Assessor Parcel Number

Example: 123-456-78-90

  • 1234567890 (no dashes)

After you subscribe, this service will alert you to newly recorded official record documents once the document has been indexed into the Grantor/Grantee Index.

No, this service only applies to documents recorded after the subscriber’s registration has been activated. You can review prior recorded documents by searching the Grantor/Grantee Index.

No, the automated email will provide you with a document number for the indexed name and/or APN you registered.  We will not be able to provide a copy of the recorded document or information regarding the contents of the document.  You may purchase a copy of the document online or in one of our offices. You may also view the document free of charge by using one of the public kiosks located at any of our offices.

Yes, to edit the names and/or APN, you must open OWNER ALERT and click “Update Subscription” towards the bottom of the page. You will enter the email address used to subscribe so you may receive an email with a link to edit your information. 

Yes, you can unsubscribe at any time. Go to OWNER ALERT and click the "Unsubscribe Now" link towards the bottom of the page and enter your registered email address.

An automated email will be sent to the subscriber email address with the document number for the indexed name and/or APN that was registered. The email will also contain a link to view the recorded document index information. Subscribers can search for the document using our Official Records Index. You may purchase a copy of the document online or in one of our offices. You may also view the document free of charge by using one of the public kiosks located at any of our offices.

An automated email will be generated once the document has been indexed into the Grantor/Grantee Index.

No, customers must register the name(s) and/or APN(s) they wish to receive notifications for.

If fraud is suspected, contact local law enforcement, or contact the San Diego County District Attorney's Office - Real Estate Fraud Unit. We are not authorized to take legal action on your behalf.

CONTACTS:

SAN DIEGO DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ECONOMIC CRIMES DIVISION: 619-531-4070

TO REQUEST A REAL ESTATE COMPLAINT PACKET –

District Attorney’s Office Real Estate Packet Request Phone Line at 619-531-3552 or
email: RealEstateFraudComplaints@sdcda.org

TO SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED REAL ESTATE COMPLAINT PACKET -

Mail to:
Office of the District Attorney
Real Estate Fraud Section
P.O. BOX 121011
San Diego, CA 92112-1011

Or email them as attachments to the following email address:
RealEstateFraudComplaints@sdcda.org

The State of California requires the Recorder’s Office to record all documents that meet recording requirements outlined in California Statute. We have no authority to refuse to record a document that meets recording requirements based on legal sufficiency.

  • You can sign up for Owner Alert to receive email notifications when a document is recorded in a name or APN that you register for.
  • You can check the Official Records Index to see what documents are currently recorded in your name
  • Make sure the Assessor and Tax Collector Offices have your correct mailing address

Our website is accessible to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except during maintenance times. Email notifications may be sent out any time a record is indexed into the Grantor/Grantee Index.

The monitoring is determining matches between registered names and APNs and newly recorded official record documents only.