County of San Diego


Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr.


OWNER ALERT is a free rapid notification service - key to stopping real estate fraud!

We have partnered with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office 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. 

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.

General info: 

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 5 different names and/or 5 APNs per registered email address. There is no charge for this service, and you may unsubscribe at any time. 

Getting an alert:

The automated email will provide you with a document number for the indexed name and/or APN you registered for, with 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; however, they are not fraudulent in nature. If you suspect you are a victim of fraud, contact the District Attorney's Office - Real Estate Fraud.

Subscribe or Unsubscribe:

Click the image below to go to the OWNER ALERT website.


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 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. Email addresses and names used for the Recording Notification Service may be subject to California Public Records Act disclosure.

Check our Official Records Index to see what documents are currently recorded under your name. Sign up for OWNER ALERT for automated email alerts when a new document is recorded under your name and added to the Official Records Index. 

If your property is vacant, check often to make sure it is not occupied illegally. 

Ask someone you trust to look after your property if you are away for an extended period of time. 

Do not let mail pile up when out of town.

Make sure the County Assessor and Tax Collector offices have the correct mailing address for you or the person who should receive noticed about your property.

The Recorder's Office must record all documents that meet the requirements outlined in California Statute. The Recorder's Office has no authority to refuse to record a properly prepared document, even if it may be fraudulent.

No document can be removed from the Official Records without a court order. Therefore, citizens are urged to contact the District Attorney's Office for prompt, appropriate action if fraud is suspected.

Visit the DA's Real Estate Fraud webpage for more information. 

Contact the District Attorney's Office and/or your attorney or legal advisor.

Neither the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk nor the Tax Collector offices can take legal action on your behalf to reverse the fraudulent activity.

The OWNER ALERT service alerts you to newly recorded documents only, i.e. documents recorded  after you have signed up. To search documents already recorded under your name, go to our Official Records Index

To edit the names you are monitoring, you first must unsubscribe from OWNER ALERT by selecting the "Unsubscribe" link on the OWNER ALERT website and entering your registered email address. Then you may re-subscribe with the new list of names you would like to monitor.

Yes, you can unsubscribe at any time by selecting the "Unsubscribe" link on the OWNER ALERT website and entering your registered email address.