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

Vital Record Fees

Note: California law limits the availability of an "Authorized Copy” of a birth, death or marriage certificate to defined individuals. Those unable to obtain an authorized copy may obtain an informational copy, containing the same information as an authorized copy, but with the following legend across the face of the document: "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY." Both authorized and informational copies are certified copies.

Applications are Linked Below:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Death Certificate
  • Fetal Death Record
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Note: The Recorder did not maintain copies of fetal death records prior to January 2008. Earlier records can be obtained through the California Department of Public Health.

    Requests by Mail:

    Orders should include the application form, fees and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please indicate the number of certificates desired. Payment may take the form of a personal check or money order (International Money Order for out-of-country requests) made payable to the Kern County Recorder. DO NOT SEND CASH.
    Orders are typically fulfilled within 10 to 14 days.

    Application and fees should be mailed to:

    Hall of Records
    1655 Chester Avenue
    Bakersfield, CA 93301

    For information call (661) 868-6449

    Online Orders:

    The Kern County Recorder's Office is unable to process credit card or online orders. However, online orders can be made through VitalChek, an independent records service. Additional fees apply. vital check