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Newsletter - July 2022


Thank you for your interest in the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department’s newsletter. We will be bringing you periodic updates on the latest news, information and events affecting the department. I am honored and   privileged to serve as your County Clerk-Recorder. Please contact my office at (714) 834-2500 or visit us at for more information about the department and the services provided to the public.


Hugh Nguyen , County Clerk-Recorder



Image of a U.S. passport.



The Orange County Clerk-Recorder department currently offers passport services by appointment at two of our convenient locations: the County Service Center at 601 N. Ross Street, Santa Ana, CA and the North County branch office at 222 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 110B, Anaheim, CA. 

Our department is not only one of the fastest and most efficient local passport acceptance facilities, but we also have one of the lowest passport photo fees in the region. On March 9, 2022, Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen lowered the passport photo fee from $10 to $7. This follows Clerk-Recorder Nguyen’s first successful photo fee reduction from $15 to $10 in 2017. The passport acceptance process requires various official documents and different forms of payment. To review the necessary documents for submission, please visit

Please note, the Clerk-Recorder department is authorized to receive passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Our office ensures everything is submitted correctly to avoid any delays. The U.S. Department of State is responsible for processing passport applications and issuing passports.

To view the rest or our office’s functions, or for further assistance with the passport process, please visit or call (714) 834-2500 between the hours of 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.



Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen presenting a certificate of recognition to Randy's Donuts.


Congratulations to Randy's Donuts on the grand opening of its second location in the City of Costa Mesa. I wish you continued success with being the most recognized donut shop in the world since 1952.


Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen presenting a certificate of recognition to In N Out Burger.


I was very excited to join In-N-Out Burger at their grand opening on Tustin Avenue & Seventeenth St. I wish them great success at this new location.


Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen presenting a certificate of recognition to Chick-fil-a.


I was also happy to join Chick-Fil-A for its grand opening on the corner of Tustin Avenue & Seventeenth St. I wish Peter and the rest of the team great success at this new location.


Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen attending the orange tree dedication with the Board of Supervisors and Treasurer-Tax Collector.


Congratulations to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on the completion of the County Administration North (CAN) building. I joined Board members and other dignitaries at the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a new chapter in County history. I also joined County staff during the orange tree dedication in honor of the occasion and for the ribbon cutting photo.



Orange County Clerk-Recorder employee of the month presentation slide.


Each month we recognize an employee who goes above and beyond their normal duties and offers excellent service to our customers. The Employee of the Month receives a certificate of recognition, has their name placed on a recognition plaque and may dress casual during their month of recognition.

It gives me great pleasure to announce Toan Nguyen as Employee of the Month for July.                

The department has received numerous comment cards from customers regarding Toan’s great customer service he has provided them during their visit to the office. Customer reviews have stated that “he was great, amazing, friendly and organized” while assisting them. This reflects well on the department and is greatly appreciated by his supervisors. He frequently takes initiative and offers to continue assisting customers until demand slows down.

Toan works smoothly with his coworkers and the public, helping the department meet its goal of  providing the best customer service possible.  He is always kind, patient and considerate towards his peers. In addition, Toan has grown to be extremely knowledgeable in his clerk operations duties and always completes his assigned tasks efficiently, accurately and with a very low error rate.

Toan’s attendance is excellent, he is always at work on time and rarely out of the office. He is dependable, responsible and can be relied upon to get the job done. He is always willing to cover at a satellite office without hesitation. He is a fantastic team player.

Toan is a pleasure to work with and his positive attitude and hard work is something to be admired. His efforts are greatly appreciated by all.

Please join me in congratulating Toan on his achievement!



Our North County branch office in Anaheim received the following reviews. Thank you for providing excellent customer service!


Five-star yelp review for our North County office.


Five-star yelp review for our North County office.


Our main office in Santa Ana received the following reviews. I’d like to thank my staff for making outstanding service their priority.


Five-star google review for our Santa Ana office.


Five-star google review for our Santa Ana office.



Downtown Fullerton around 1904.


Downtown Fullerton, around 1904. Note the unpaved streets and competing livery stables.

(Photo courtesy Orange County Archives.)

July 5, 1887

Edward Amerige drives a stake into a mustard field at what would become the corner of Harbor Blvd and Commonwealth Ave., marking the birth of the townsite of Fullerton.

July 7, 1846

Commander John D. Sloat raises the American flag over Monterey, declaring California a U.S. possession.

July 10, 1845

Further immigration of U.S. citizens to California is forbidden by the Mexican government.

July 11, 1889

Orange Countians select Santa Ana as their county seat, and elect their first County Supervisors.

July 17, 1955

Disneyland is dedicated on a live national TV broadcast. Media and celebrities are allowed into the park for a preview day.



Temecula Valley from a hot air balloon.


One of my staff took this photo from a hot air balloon above Temecula, CA.


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