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Kern County Recorder
1530 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Kern County Hall of Records
1655 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

PH 661-868-6400
FX 661-327-3241 (Recordings)
FX 661-868-6432 (Vital Records)
Recordings 8a - 2p M-F
Copies 8a - 4:30p M-F
Research 8a - 5p M-F
(Except Holidays)

Document Standards

 General Recording Standards

  • 1. Standardization - all documents must be in black ink on white paper and at least 8 1/2" x 11", but no larger than 8 1/2" x 14".
  • Reservation of space - all documents must have at least a 1/2" margin on the two vertical sides; the right-hand 5" of the top 2 1/2" shall be reserved for recording information. (If the proper space has not been reserved for the Recorder's use, a cover page will be added and an additional $3.00 will be charged.)
  • Requesting party and return address - the left-hand 3 1/2" of the top 2 1/2" shall be used for the name of the party requesting recordation and the name and mailing address where the document should be mailed after recording.
  • Legibility - documents must be legible and capable of reproducing a readable photographic record.
  • Title - all document titles must be identified on the first page, immediately below the space reserved for the recorder's use (see item 2, above).
  • Parties - names of the parties to be indexed must be contained in the document.
  • Legal description and recording references - documents referencing land must include a legal description; recording references, if any, must be listed on the document.
  • Exhibits and riders - must be clearly marked as such and submitted with the respective document.
  • Signatures - documents must contain original signatures or be a certified copy of the original; certified copies must be unaltered.
  • Names under signature - names must be printed or typed near all signatures and business names.
  • Notary acknowledgment - documents affecting title to real property must be properly acknowledged.
  • Modifying or releasing interest - any document which modifies or releases a previously recorded document shall state the name of all parties affected or being released, as well as the recorder identification number or recorder's book and page of the document being modified or released.
  • Documents transferring title to real property - in addition to meeting all of the requirements listed above, documents transferring title must contain the assessor parcel number, the tax rate area of the property and a completed Documentary Transfer Tax declaration. A completed and signed "Preliminary Change of Ownership" form must accompany the document.
  • Other - depending on the type of document, additional requirements may apply.
  • Effective January 1, 2010, pursuant to Civil Code 1798.89, you may not present a document for recording or filing with the Recorder if that record displays more than the last four digits of a social security number.


Kern County Recorder
1530 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 868-6400