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Temporary Closure - Recording Office

To protect the health of our public and our employees during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Clackamas County has closed this office to the public, effective until at least April 20.

Please contact us by email, phone, or mail. We will work to respond as quickly as we can, but we do ask for your patience as we focus on providing public service and keeping our community and staff safe.

Recording functions will not be processed in person but can be mailed; interoffice or US mail. You may choose to electronically record your documents. In order to record electronically, please contact a local title company or an e-Recording submitter.

e-Recording submitters:

Phone 503-655-8551
Email recording@clackamas.us
Mail Recording
1710 Red Soils Ct. #110
Oregon City, OR 97045

Until further notice, Clackamas County will not be issuing marriage licenses. Please check our website for further updates

The Recording division of the County Clerk's office

The purpose of the Recording Division is to make and preserve public records dealing with real property transactions. Ownership of property can be traced back to the early 1850s in the records maintained by the Recording Division. The Recording Division also issues marriage licenses and has marriage records back to the late 1840s.

The duties of the Clackamas County Clerk have changed considerably since the early years. In 1983, The State of Oregon took over the District, Circuit, and Probate Courts from the county clerks. At that time, over half of the Clerk's employees became State employees. The Recording and Elections Divisions assumed the duties unrelated to the courts.

All our records are preserved either on microfilm or computer image. We maintain a public viewing area for research and copying of records. Recording hours are Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Clackamas County Clerk will record all documents authorized by Oregon State or Federal law, rule or regulation affecting title to, or an interest in, real property. Documents must be properly executed and acknowledged, correctly identify the property, and meet all other form, titling and fee requirements to be recorded.

In accordance with state laws, the County recording office must maintain a reputation for the recording and storage of public recorded instruments in a fair and open manner. Recordation of a document makes it a public record, putting the public on notice. Since the public and courts may use recorded instruments to establish validity of certain claims, all pages must be readable. Oregon statutes and Clackamas County counsel support the need for legible text within recorded documents.

If the legibility of an instrument or notary seal is questionable and a deadline may be compromised should the county recorder reject the document, you may want to consider preparing a new, legible original prior to submission. Client demands may not always make this possible, but the client should be made aware if legibility problems exist, and informed that there may be delays if documents are rejected.

Requesting Documents

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Senate Bill 618 which amends ORS 192.502 and ORS 408.420 creates new rules for how Oregon counties must treat veterans' discharge documents. This new law creates stricter provisions and expands limitations for accessing discharge records.

If you wish to obtain a Military Discharge Record (DD214) please call for instructions and requirements.

Clackamas County
Recording Department
503-655-8551

Request for Military Discharge Papers via mail

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Sherry Hall
Clackamas County Clerk
1710 Red Soils Court
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
503-655-8551

Important Notice:

House Bill 2093 amends Oregon Revised Statute 432.124 and prohibits Oregon County Clerks from accepting Death Certificates if the Death Certificate contains medical information related to the cause of death for any/all Oregon Death Certificates issued on or after January 1, 2014.

Certified copies of Death Certificates are recorded in conjunction with owning or having a claim or interest in real property (land) and will be rejected and returned unrecorded if the Death Certificate has been altered or if the Death Certificate contains medical information related to the cause of death.

NOTE: Oregon Vital Records Office does offer a short form Death Certificate, omitting the cause of death. You must select this option when completing the Vital Records order form.

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Phone:503-655-8551
Fax:503-650-5688
Email:recording@clackamas.us

1710 Red Soils Ct. #110 Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

⚠ Due to COVID-19, our offices are closed to the public. At this time the closure is expected to continue through April 20. Our employees are available and working to meet your needs remotely.

Recording/e-Recording Hours

Monday to Thursday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.