Unlawful Detainer Assistant

An Unlawful Detainer Assistant is defined as any individual who for compensation renders assistance or advice in the prosecution or defense of an unlawful detainer claim or action, including any bankruptcy petition that may affect the unlawful detainer claim or action.

To register as an Unlawful Detainer Assistant in Santa Clara County, please complete and provide the following: (if renewing, information below):

  • A completed registration form
  • An unlawful detainer assistant bond. The bond must show date of issuance and date of expiration. The recorded bond will be returned by mail within 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Unlawful Detainer Assistant registration fee
  • Valid California Driver License


An application for secondary registration shall meet all of the above requirements except that in place of filing another original bond or cash deposit, a copy of the bond or cash deposit, certified by the primary county of registration, shall be submitted. THE TERM OF REGISTRATION WITH THE SECONDARY COUNTY SHALL BE THE REMAINING BALANCE OF THE TWO-YEAR TERM OF COVERAGE OF THE PRIMARY-COUNTY BOND.

Renewal Information

The Unlawful Detainer Assistant registration is effective for a period of two years, or the bond expiration date, whichever occurs first. The renewal can take place up to 60 days prior to the expiration date; the effective date of the renewal will be the date your current registration expires. As long as the renewal takes place on or before the expiration date, the registration number will remain the same. THE ABOVE-LISTED REQUIREMENTS (INCLUDING FEES) STILL APPLY WHEN RENEWING.


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