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

Effective January 1, 2010, the guidelines for ordering marriage records are changing.

Because of the increased occurrence of identity theft, new laws were passed to protect marriage records from misuse. These laws go into effect January 1, 2010. At that time, the steps necessary to obtain a marriage record will change significantly.

Marriage Records

New Law Effective January 1, 2010

Effective January 1, 2010, the California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526, will permit only authorized individuals to receive certified copies of marriage records. Those who are not authorized by law to receive a certified copy will receive a certified copy marked "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY." The new law describes an authorized person as:

In order to obtain a Certified Copy on or after January 1, 2010, you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the marriage certificate application form and sign the statement under penalty of perjury. If you mail your request, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your mailed request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed.