As a precautionary measure to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, (COVID-19) the County Administrative Building, including the Assessor's Office, is currently closed to the public. Services remain available through phone or email. Questions about property tax payments should be directed to the office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector.
The Recorder’s Office and Hall of Records are closed to walk-in customers, but many services can be performed online, by phone, by mail. Please browse the website or call for assistance. Additionally, a document drop box is now available in front of the Recorder's Office, and a public access computer kiosk, for viewing our index and images of Official Records, can be found at the Kern County Department of Child Support Services 3701 N. Sillect Ave., Bakersfield. Kiosk is open between the hours of 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday.
Effective October 1, 2021, (one year beyond the original deadline) the Federal REAL ID Act establishes new standards determining which forms of identification may be used to board commercial air carriers. Passengers using a California Driver’s License to verify identity will need a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card to travel by air. The Recorder's Office encourages customers to review the DMV’s checklist for acquiring a REAL ID. Requirements may include obtaining a copy of a birth and/or marriage certificate and possibly amending one or more records for accuracy.
For information about amending a record, please visit the California Department of Public Health's website.
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.
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.