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    
8-2 M-F (Except Holidays)    
About the Recorder

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

Jon Lifquist – Assessor-Recorder

Authorized Copy of Birth Death or Marriage Certificate

California Health and Safety Code, § 103526, enacted to prevent identity theft, limits the availabilty of authorized copies of birth, death or marriage records to specified individuals. The law defines those able to obtain an authorized copy as follows:

Confidential Marriage Certificate — County Clerk Only

Birth, Death & Non-confidential Marriage Certificates

Those wishing to obtain a Certified Copy MUST complete the sworn statement included with the application form and sign the statement under penalty of perjury. The sworn statement included with any mailed request must be notarized. Mailed requests for a Certified Copy without the notarized sworn statement will be rejected as incomplete and returned unprocessed.


A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of a state or local government agency, as provided by law, who orders a copy of a record in conducting official business shall not be required to provide the notarized statement.

An agent or employee of a funeral establishment who acts within the course and scope of his or her employment and who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of § 7100, is not required to complete the notarized statement.