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Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Los Angeles County
Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Los Angeles County
Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
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Serving Los Angeles County by providing essential records management and election services in a fair, accessible and transparent manner.

The following provides a brief background and responsibilities of the Los Angeles County Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Background of Organization:

In January 1968 the Departments of Registrar of Voters and County Recorder were merged by the Board of Supervisors and further merged with the County Clerk in January 1991. During this time, the three operations and 700 employees were situated in separate facilities. In July 1993 the department was able to fulfill its long term goal of merging all functions to one site, providing a permanent and secure headquarters for all operations, as well as its extensive volume of 160 million documents.

Registrar's Office:

The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office is responsible for the registration of voters, maintenance of voter files, conduct of federal, state, local and special elections and the verification of initiative, referendum and recall petitions. Each year the office participates in approximately 200 elections for schools, cities and special districts. There are approximately 4.1 million registered voters, and 5 thousand voting precincts established for countywide elections.

The Registrar's Office is in constant need of citizens willing to work at the precinct polling places on election day, and/or willing to provide homes or facilities as polling places. Payment is provided for poll workers and rental of facilities. If you can help, please call (562) 466-1373.

County Clerk's Office:

On January 15, 1991 the Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of the County Clerk title and functions which did not relate to judicial actions, procedures, and records to the Registrar-Recorder. Major functions transferred include: marriage license issuance, the performance of civil marriage ceremonies, fictitious business name filings and indexing, qualification and registration of notaries and miscellaneous statutory issuance of oaths and filings. The office issues approximately 75,000 marriage licenses and processes 125,000 fictitious business name filings annually.

Recorder's Office:

The Recorder's Office is responsible for recording legal documents which determine ownership of real property and maintains files of birth, death and marriage records for Los Angeles County. All functions of the office are conducted under provisions of the State Constitution, State and County Codes. The recording operation in Los Angeles County is large and complex. It serves the public and other County departments such as the Assessor, Health Services, Public Social Services and Regional Planning. Documents on file are vital to the real estate, legal and banking communities and the general economy of the County. The office processes 2 million real and personal property documents and 750,000 birth, death and marriage records annually and services approximately 2,000 customers daily.

County Holidays:

New Year's Day ... January 1
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday ... The third Monday in January
Presidents' Day ... The third Monday in February
Memorial Day ... The last Monday in May
Independence Day ... July 4
Labor Day ... The first Monday in September
Columbus Day ... The second Monday in October
Veterans Day ... November 11
Thanksgiving Day ... The fourth Thursday in November
Friday after Thanksgiving ... The fourth Friday in November
Christmas ... December 25

If January 1st, July 4th, November 11th, December 25th falls upon a Saturday, the preceding Friday is a holiday.

If January 1st, July 4th, November 11th or December 25th falls upon a Sunday, the following Monday is a holiday.

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