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For Immediate Release
June 08, 2020

Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk Prepares to Reopen

Many resident needs can be fulfilled online, by email, or by phone

San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Office of the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk is preparing to reopen walk-in services at the Marin County Civic Center starting June 15 while simultaneously promoting all the business that can be handled without making a visit.

“We’re promoting our online, phone, and email services because they have worked out so well for both our staff and our residents during this public health emergency,” said Shelly Scott, the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk. “Our recordings are actually up 10% from this period a year ago because people are getting used to our electronic options. We respectfully request that our customers continue to use online, telephone,  and mail options as much as possible.”

Staff members in all three departments are adapting to new work environments that include Plexiglas shields, signage and floor stickers mentioning social distancing requirements, hand sanitizer dispensers, and face covering requirements. All precautions being taken are designed to protect visitors and staff and are consistent with precautions in other County departments.

The County Clerk’s Office (Suite 234, 415-473-6772) will assist in-person visitors by appointment only. The most popular business in the County Clerk’s office includes issuing marriage licenses, registering domestic partners, accepting and indexing fictitious business name statement filings, filing notary bonds, and issuing identification cards for those in certain professions. Email:

The Assessor’s Office (Suite 208, 415-473-7215) will allow in-person visits by appointment only. Appointments can be made on-line by visiting the assessor’s website or by telephone.  The staff there is responsible for the preparation of the local assessment roll, an official list of all assessable property in the county that constitutes the major portion of the tax base for local government. Email:

The Recorder’s Office (Suite 232, 415-473-6093) records vital records and other official documents related to real property ownership. In-person visits are allowed for those looking to purchase copies of birth, death, and marriage certificates, although they may be ordered online with acknowledgement from a notary public. A drop box situated outside the office is another option for visitors. The mailing address is P.O. Box C, San Rafael CA 94913. Email:


Shelly Scott
Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk
County of Marin

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 208
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7215
Email: Shelly Scott