Kern County Assessor-Recorder

Kern County Assessor-Recorder

1115 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93301    
8-5 M-F (Except Holidays)    
About the Assessor

1530 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93301    
8-3 M-F (Except Holidays)    
About the Recorder

1655 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93301    
8-4:30 M-F (Except Holidays)    

Jon Lifquist – Assessor-Recorder

I WANT TO . . .

  • Find property assessment data & maps
  • Change a mailing address
  • File an exemption or exclusion
  • Get information on supplemental assessments
  • Purchase a birth, death, or marriage certificate
  • Obtain a recorded document
  • Pay property taxes
  • Request a value review
  • File an assessment appeal
  • Record a document
  • Pay transfer tax on an unrecorded change in ownership

  • Ridgecrest Earthquake

    Owners, whose properties are damaged or destroyed by a calamity, such as fire, flood or earthquake, may be eligible for property reassessment and/or property tax deferral. Click on the following link to access the form.

    2019-2020 Assessed Values and Tax Bills can be Found Online

    The property tax roll for the 2019-2020 tax year was finalized on June 28, 2019. Individual property assessed values and tax bill information can be found here. If you believe that your assessed value exceeds market value or that your property is valued in error, please call the Assessor’s Office at (661) 868-3485 to discuss with an appraiser. Deadline for an informal review or a formal appeal of 2019-2020 assessments is December 2, 2019. Additionally, the State Board of Equalization's Taxpayers' Rights Advocate may assist with unresolved taxpayer issues.

    Notice of Supplemental Assessment

    A Notice of Supplemental Assessment relates to a new assessment resulting from a change in ownership or new construction.

    Mid-year changes in assessed value will result in the issuance of either a Supplemental Bill or Supplemental Refund. The supplemental process is explained here, or you can contact the Assessor’s Office for answers to questions regarding your supplemental notice: (661) 868-3485

    The Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector has a helpful tool for calculating your potential bill or refund resulting from a property transfer or new construction.

    No Fee is Necessary to Request a Value Review or to File an Assessment Appeal

    Over the years, numerous private firms have issued statewide mass mailings, some printed to look like official government paperwork, advising property owners that for a fee, sometimes in the range of several hundred dollars, the issuer will assist the property owner in having his or her property assessment reviewed or appealed. The services charged for in these mailings usually offer nothing that the taxpayer cannot accomplish, free of charge, with a simple phone call.

    Each year, the Assessor reviews tens of thousands of properties for a potential reduction in assessed value. Currently, approximately 75,000 Kern County property owners realize a reduction in their Proposition 13 base value. Though the Assessor tries to resolve value disputes, not all reviews end to the taxpayer's satisfaction. If the taxpayer wishes to go beyond an informal review, filing an assessment appeal is also cost free.

    The Assessor is committed to producing a correct assessment roll for all Kern County property owners. Review requests, from individuals or commercial firms, are accepted between July 2 and November 30 each year.

    State Recording Fee of $75 to $225 now in Effect

    Senate Bill 2, signed into law in September 2017, added § 27388.1 to the California Government Code, imposing a $75 affordable housing surcharge on various documents, with a maximum increase of $225 for related transactions. Real estate sales are exempted.

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