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

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

  • 2020-2021 Assessed Values can be Found Online

    The property tax roll for the 2020-2021 tax year was finalized on June 30, 2020. Individual property assessed values can be found here. Constitutionally, property values are established as of January 1 each year. If you believe that your assessed value exceeds the market value of your property as of January 1, 2020 or you believe 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 2020-2021 assessments is November 30, 2020.

    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 advising property owners that for a fee or a sizable percentage of any potential tax savings the issuer will assist the property owner in having his or her property assessment reviewed or appealed. Though support is promised or implied, the actual service rendered typically amounts to little more than a form letter sent to the Assessor’s Office or the filing of an assessment appeal. A list of supposed comparable sales might be included with the letter or application, but these computer generated lists are usually cherry-picked low value transactions and rarely include useful market indicators. A request for a review or an appeal application is a task that any taxpayer can 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, over 70,000 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.

    California REAL ID Deadline Extended

    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.

    Recorder Anti-Fraud Fee

    Pursuant to Government Code § 27388 and a 2014 resolution by the Kern County Board of Supervisors, a $10 anti-fraud fee is attached to the recording of several real estate instruments. The fee goes to support local law enforcement efforts to combat real estate fraud. The Real Estate Anti-Fraud Advisory Coalition (REAAC) provides information to prevent real estate fraud, tools for discovery and links for reporting suspected fraud activity. Click here to visit their site.

    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.

    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.

    Check for Foreclosure Notices and Tax Liens: