Los Angeles County Registrar

Los Angeles County Registrar – Recorder/County Clerk: Real Estate Records Section


Street Address:
12400 Imperial Hwy. ( 2 blocks East of Norwalk Blvd.)
Norwalk, CA 90650-8357

Mailing Address:
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Real Estate Records Section
P. O. Box 53195
Los Angeles, CA 90053-0195

(562) 462-2133 Information
(562) 462-2012 Information Desk (Room 2007)

Description of Physical Facility:
Real Estate records for 1958 to present are located in Room 2201 on the second floor of the Registrar-Recorder County Clerk’s office. Pre-1958 records are in Room L001 in the basement.

Description of Resources:

The County Recorder also records all real estate transactions in Los Angeles County. Records of these transactions, including grant deeds and trust deeds, are available for the years 1850 to present.

The records are located in the following rooms:

Room 2207 Grantor-Grantee Index 1958 – Present

(2nd Floor) Source Documents 1958 – Present

Room L001 Grantor-Grantee Index 1850 – 1957

(Basement) Source Documents:

Deed books 1-7508 1850 – 1920

Official Record

Books 1-23185 1920 – 1946

Official Record

Books 23186-35197 1946 – 1950

Official Record

Books 35198-56560 1951 – 1957

Additional records are also available:

Room L001 Original Patent Records 1863 – 1921

(Basement) Torrens Property Index 1920 – 1954

Official (Real Estate) Records 1921 – present

Index to Deeds 1850 – 1921

Index to Wills 1850 – 1921

Index by Tract

(i.e., by Legal Description)

Record of Survey 1891 – present

Mining Claims 1896 – 1921

Mechanics Liens 1896 – 1921

Tax Sales 1877 – 1900

Old Mortgage Books 1855 – 1922

Chattel Mortgage Books 1880 – 1922

Judgment Books 1894 – 1921

Lease Books 1853 – 1920

Power of Attorney Index 1851 – 1921

Homesteads 1876 – 1920

Tract Maps

Parcel Maps

Cemetery Maps

Highway Transportation Maps

Assessment Maps

Condo Maps


Finding Aids:

There are both grantor (sellers) and grantee (buyers) indexes. Through 1972, the indexes are separate for grantors and grantees. From 1973 on, the indexes are combined with grantees being identified by an asterisk before the name. There are instructions for searching the indexes and original source records in Room 2207 (1958 – present) and in Room L001 (pre-1958).

Most of the indexes from 1946 on are in microfilm cartridge form. Instructions for use are included on each microfilm reader. Names are indexed alphabetically by year. Indexes before 1946 are actually in register form and are therefore not complete alphabetical indexes. Names were entered by groups of letters (e.g., A- through Al-) chronologically throughout the year.

Before 1922 most of the original records and indexes are in (“dusty”) books in Room L001. Most are sorted by date and volume number. Also in Room L001, you will find microfilm index for 1895-1929 covering both grantor and grantee. It is similar to the post 1973 Index.