How to Complete a Preliminary Change in Ownership Report (PCOR)

The purpose of this page is to provide information on a Preliminary Change in Ownership Report (PCOR) for the County of Los Angeles and how to properly complete a PCOR.

 

What is a Preliminary Change in Ownership Report (PCOR) and When is it Used?

Normally, when sales or transfers of property are recorded with the county recorder, an individual who records the deed also files a Preliminary Change In Ownership Report for the owner. It is a two-page questionnaire requesting information on the property, principals involved in the transfer, type of transfer, purchase price and terms of sale, if applicable, and other such pertinent data.

The PCOR normally satisfies the change in ownership reporting requirements unless the form is returned incomplete. If at the time of recording the owner chooses not to file a PCOR or if the transfer deed is not recorded, the owner is still obligated to file a Change in Ownership Statement with the county assessor within the prescribed time limits. The recorder may charge an additional $20 recording fee if a PCOR is not filed at the time the transfer document is presented to be recorded.

The PCOR is to be signed and certified by the filer. The county assessor may also request other information about a deed or other matters related to the transfer after reviewing the PCOR.

 

How to Complete a Preliminary Change in Ownership Report (PCOR)

1. Download a blank PCOR here. The first page of the PCOR will need some preliminary information, such as

  • The Transferor’s and Transferee’s name.
  • Street address of the real property.
  • APN (Assessor’s Parcel Number).
  • Phone Number.
  • If the property is being held as a principal residence.
2. Complete “Part 1. TRANSFER INFORMATION”
  • If this is a transfer into a Trust, usually all sections with the exception of Section J should be marked NO.
  • Mark YES for Section J and mark the first and second boxes for “the transferor, and/or” and “the transferor’s spouse” if a spouse is involved.
3. Part 2. OTHER TRANSFER INFORMATION and PART 3. PURCHASE PRICE AND TERMS OF SALE
  • These sections are not applicable to a PCOR using a grant deed to transfer property into a trust.
  • Draw a line through these sections and write N/A.
4. Part 4. PROPERTY INFORMATION
  • Check Sections A, B, C, D and E boxes as necessary.
5. CERTIFICATION
  • Sign and Date this section and include your email address.
Once completed, attach to your completed Grant Deed to transfer real property into your Trust – make a copy of each document, and file the documents with your county recorder with the appropriate filing fees.