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County Clerk

Mary B. Bedard, CPA

1115 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Mon-Fri 661-868-3588



Kern County has declared a local emergency related to the coronavirus. Effective May 18, County Clerk will resume providing services by mail, email, and by appointment only. For further information regarding marriage licenses please see Obtaining a Marriage License.


For the services below please note our current turnaround time is 10-15 business days, filings with tight deadlines should be mailed to our office with consideration of this processing time.

The following services can be filed by mail:
  • Fictitious Business Name (FBN)
    • Abandonment
    • Withdrawal
  • Notary
  • Certification Services
  • Registration Services (with photocopy of ID)
    • Process Server
    • Unlawful Detainer Assistant
    • Legal Document Assistant

CEQA documents will continue to be processed.

DO NOT MAIL IN CASH, you must send a check (must include your phone number) or money order payable to Kern County Clerk. Check or money order must accompany the request and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Mail to:
County Clerk
1115 Truxtun Ave, First Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301

For additional information email ctyclerk@kerncounty.com.

County Clerk

THE OFFICE of the County Clerk :
  • Issues marriage licenses
  • Issues Fictitious Business Name Statements
  • Registers Notaries Public
  • Posts California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents
  • Maintains official appointments
  • Registers and licenses certain specialized legal occupations
Complete List of County Clerk Services