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

Excludes transfers (Deeds/other recordable instruments) in which Documentary Transfer Tax will be paid, as well as related documents recorded concurrently with such transfers

Quitclaim Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Trustee's Deeds, Reconveyances (includes fraud fee):
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.

On January 1, 2018, California Senate Bill 2, a.k.a., the "Building Homes and Jobs Act," goes into effect and may increase recording fees for real estate instruments. The fee will address homelessness and housing shortages, and help to increase the rate of home ownership within the State by creating a Building Homes and Jobs Trust Fund to which the additional fee will be remitted.

Upon taking effect, the recorder's office will impose a fee of $75.00 to be paid when recording every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, per each single transaction per single parcel of real property, not to exceed $225.00.

Transfers subject to the documentary transfer tax as defined in Section 11911 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier are exempt from this fee.

If you have any questions about how the Building Homes and Jobs Act affects your recording fees, please speak with a clerk with the Recorder's Office or a licensed attorney within the state.

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.