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

Document Recording

Documents are recorded daily from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For walk-in recordings, the original document will be returned to the mailing address within 3-4 weeks of the recording date. For documents sent via mail, return delivery can be expected within 4-6 weeks from the date of receipt. Return delivery of the original document can be expected by mail within 4-6 weeks from the date of receipt. Standard recording fee for a single, regular size document, (8˝" x 11") is $13.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page. If ANY of the pages are larger or smaller, a penalty fee of $3.00 is charged for each page of the document. See Schedule of Fees for additional charges that may apply.

Documentary transfer tax for documents transferring real property or easements, (other than documents qualifying for an exemption) is calculated at the rate of 55 cents per $500.00 and is based on the unencumbered assessed value of the property, or the purchase price, whichever is greater.

An additional Real Estate Fraud Fee of $10.00 will apply to each of the following: Deed of Trust, Assignment of Deed of Trust, Reconveyance, Notice of Default, Request for Notice, Substitution of Trustee, Notice of Trustee's Sale, Rescission/Cancellation of Default Notice, and all Real Estate Documents as defined in Government Code § 27388.

Commencing on January 1, 2018, an additional "Building Homes & Jobs Act" fee of up to $225 ($75 per transaction, per parcel and per title) may apply in addition to any other recording fees. See Schedule of Fees for details on charges and exemptions.

A single check may be submitted to cover recording fees, copy fees, and transfer tax. If you prefer to mail your document for recording, send the original(s) document(s) along with appropriate recording fees to the Recorder’s mailing address (above.) DO NOT SEND CASH.

You may purchase a recorded copy of the first page with the recording information for an additional $3.00. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. We do not conform copies.