Real Estate Deeds
Register of Deeds

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California - Kern County Recorder Information

The Clerk/Recorder is responsible for maintaining records for real property located in Kern County.

Recording Fees

Letter-sized (8.5" x 11"): $13.00 first page, $3.00 each add. page
Legal-sized (8.5" x 14"): $16.00 first page, $ 6.00 each add. page

Quitclaim Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Trustee's Deeds, Reconveyances:
Letter-sized (8.5" x 11"): $23.00 first page, $3.00 each add. page
Legal-sized (8.5" x 14"): $26.00 first page, $ 3.00 each add. page

$3.00 per page penalty fee for nonconforming documents

Documentary tax: $0.55 per $500.00 value

County recording fees are subject to change without notice. For the most current fees and further information, contact the local recorder directly.

Document Formatting Requirements

- Documents should be on paper no smaller than 8.5x11 and no larger than 8.5 x 14, and should be printed in black ink on white paper

- All documents must have at least a 1/2 inch margin on the two vertical sides. The right-hand 5 inches of the top 2-1/2 inches shall be reserved for recording information

- The upper left 3.5 x 2.5 inches of the first page is to be used for the name of the party requesting recordation and the return address so that the document can be returned correctly

- Immediately below the space reserved for the recorder's use on the first page, the document must have an identifying title

- The names of all the parties to be indexed must be contained in the document

- If a document references land, it must include a legal description. Recording references, if any, should be listed on the document

- Any exhibits and riders must be clearly marked as such and submitted with the related document

- Under all signatures or business names, the name must be clearly printed or typed

- Documents affecting real property must be properly notarized and acknowledged

- Any document that modifies or releases a previously recorded document must state the name of all affected or released parties, in addition to the recorder identification number or recorder's book and page of the document being modified or released

- If a document is transferring title, it 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

- Documents may contain only the last four digits of a social security number

Effective January 1, 2016 any documents submitted for re-recording will need to be re-executed by the appropriate parties.

Re-execution includes new signatures, acknowledgments and/or verifications, depending on
the type of document being re-recorded.

A completed coversheet will be need to be included to provide adequate space for the new
recording information.

The reason for re-recording must be noted on the coversheet or on the face of the document.

The only exception that does not require re-execution of documents to be re-recorded is if it is done for the sole purpose of correcting the order in which the documents have been recorded.