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Public Resources Code - PRC

DIVISION 6. PUBLIC LANDS [6001 - 8561]

  ( Division 6 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 548. )

PART 3. SALE OF PUBLIC LANDS [7301 - 8106]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609. )

CHAPTER 4. Provisions Relating to Public Lands Generally [7705 - 8030]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609. )

ARTICLE 2. Payments, Certificates of Purchase, and Patents [7723 - 7733]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609. )


Certificates of purchase, and all rights acquired thereunder, are subject to sale, by deed or assignment, executed and acknowledged before any officer authorized by law to take acknowledgments of conveyances of real property.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609.)


All such sales shall, when the deed or assignment is recorded by the county recorder, be reported by him to the commission, to be entered in its books.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609.)


The recorder is entitled to receive from the purchaser, for making such report, a fee of fifty cents ($0.50).

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609.)


Whenever a person becomes entitled to a patent, the commission, upon the surrender of the full-paid certificate of purchase or the submission of an affidavit by a person having an interest in the land or any portion thereof that the certificate of purchase is lost, destroyed or beyond the control of the owner or owners of the land, shall prepare a patent for the land. The patent shall be issued in the name of the original applicant. The commission shall send it to the Governor, together with a certificate that the laws in relation thereto have been complied with, that payment in full has been made, and that the person named in the prepared patent is entitled to it. The patent so issued shall inure to the benefit of the assigns, grantees, or successors in interest of said original applicant. The United States shall not be required to make payment for state land until the patent is delivered.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 243.)


The patent or deed shall then be signed by the Governor, attested by the Secretary of State, sealed with the Great Seal of the State of California, and countersigned by the commission.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 742, Sec. 13. (SB 1493) Effective January 1, 2019.)


No patent shall issue until the lands are relinquished to the State by authority of the General Land Office at Washington. Such relinquishment is not required for locations of the sixteenth and thirty-sixth sections in place, or for swamp and overflowed lands, shown to be such by the official surveys made by authority of the United States.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609.)


The commission shall record all patents in books to be kept in its office for that purpose, and then deliver them to persons entitled thereto.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609.)


Where a patent for lands is issued in the name of a deceased person, the title is vested in the heirs, devisees, or assignees of such person in the same manner as if the patent had issued to such person during life.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 609.)

PRCPublic Resources Code - PRC2.