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Kern County, CA Public Records

Superior Court - Metropolitan Division
1415 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301 http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov
Hours: 8AM-3PM M-TH; 8AM-12 F PST
P: 661-868-5393
F: 661-868-4883
Jurisdiction: Felony, Civil Actions, Eviction, Small Claims, Probate
Restricted Records: No adoption, juvenile, medical, probation or sealed records released
Has electronic access to all divisions. Felonies in Rm 111. Misdemeanors at separate address - see separate listing. No faxing to criminal record section. Probate at #100, 1st Fl.
Superior Court - Justice Building
1215 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301 http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov/
Hours: 8AM-3PM M-TH; 8AM-12 F PST
P: 661-868-2482
F: 661-868-2695
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Traffic, Family
Restricted Records: No probation reports, rap sheets, medical or financial released
Formerly Bakersfield Municipal Court. Includes Bakersfield, Oildale, Edison, Glenville, Woody. Access all recent court division criminal defendant records from this division computer.
Ridgecrest Branch Superior Court - East Division
132 E Coso St
Ridgecrest, CA 93555 http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov/
Hours: 8AM-3PM M-TH; 8AM-12 F PST
P: 760-384-5900
F: 760-384-5899
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No probation reports released
Includes the communities of Ridgecrest, Inyokern, China Lake, Johannesburg, and Randsburg. You should be able to access all recent court division criminal defendant records from this division computer.
Shafter/Wasco Branch Superior Court - North Division
325 Central Valley Hwy
Shafter, CA 93263 www.kern.courts.ca.gov/home.aspx
Hours: 8AM-4PM M-TH; 8AM-12 F PST
P: 661-746-7500
F: 661-746-0545
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic,
Restricted Records: No probation reports released
Access all recent court division criminal defendant records from this division's computer.
Delano/McFarland Branch Superior Court - North Division
1122 Jefferson St
Delano, CA 93215 http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov/
Hours: 8AM-3PM M-TH; 8AM-12 F PST
P: 661-720-5800
F: 661-721-1237
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Family
Restricted Records: No probation reports released
Access all recent court division criminal defendant records from this division's computer.
Taft Branch Superior Court (See Lamont)
311 Lincoln St
Taft, CA 93268 http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov/
Hours: 8AM-3PM TH Only PST
P: 661-763-8531
F: 661-763-2439
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Family
Restricted Records: No probation reports released
This court is now a satellite office only open one day a week. Please refer to the branch in Lamont for closed case files.
Lamont/Arvin Branch Superior Court - South Division
12022 Main St
Lamont, CA 93241 http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov/
Hours: 8AM-4PM M-TH; 8AM-12 F PST
P: 661-868-5800
F: 661-845-9142
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic
Restricted Records: No probation reports released
River Branch Superior Court - East Division - Closed: See Mojave
The Kern River Branch in Lake Isabella is closed - see the Mojave Branch
Mojave Branch Superior Court - East Division
1773 Hwy 58
Mojave, CA 93501 http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov/
Hours: 8AM-4PM M-TH; 8AM-12 F PST
P: 661-824-7100
F: 661-824-7089
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Family, Traffic
Restricted Records: No probation reports released
Includes California City, Edwards AFB, Mojave, Boron, Rosemond, Cantil, and Tehachapi. You should be able to access all recent court division criminal defendant records from this division computer.

Kern County, CA Vital Records

Contact the Kern County Office of the County Recorder if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Kern County
County Recorder
1655 Chester Ave
Hall of Records
Bakersfield, CA 93301 recorder.co.kern.ca.us/index.php
8AM-5PM; recording 8AM-2PM; Copy Svc 8AM-4:30PM PST
Phone: 661-868-6400
Recorded Documents, Fictitious Business Name

Kern County Vital Certificates

Kern County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Kern County Information

Anchored by Bakersfield, Kern County, California is the third largest county in the 48 (contiguous) United States. Once a sleepy area settled by migrant workers during the Dust Bowl, the county is located less than 100 miles south of Los Angeles. Primarily an agricultural area, Kern County is a peaceful respite from the L.A. insanity. Local wineries produce almost 25 percent of the wine in California.

Bakersfield, the largest city in the county, is centrally located mid-way between two major national forests—Sequoia and Los Padres. In the spring, both forests draw tourists hoping to see the vibrant color displays produced by the many varieties of wild flowers. The parks also offer camping, hiking, and biking trails, and if that's just a little too close to nature for your tastes, there are also many picturesque lodges and hotels in and near the parks. If you're more into water sports, check out the opportunities on the Kern River or one of the five lakes in the area. Here you'll find boating, fishing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting, and the camping spots will take your breath away.

While you're here, don't miss a chance to visit one of our fine wineries. Stop in for a wine tasting and take a tour of the facility. If wine isn't your thing, Bakersfield has an outstanding symphony orchestra, and the Civic Center holds regular concerts in a variety of venues.

Of course, the big draw for California in general and Kern County in particular is the fabulous weather. Balmy days with moderate temperatures are with you all year-round. Snowbirds or anyone else looking for respite from frigid winters in the north are invited to come visit the best of the best in Kern County.

Kern County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 8,140.96 sq mi
Population (2009): 807,407
  • Females: 48.2%
  • White: 85.3%
  • Black/African American: 6.5%
  • Asian: 4.1%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 47.9%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 40.3%
Population Change (2000-2009): 145,758
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 16.9%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 33.4%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 20.5%
High School Graduates (2000): 68.5%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 13.5%
Persons per Household (2000): 3.03
Housing Units (2000): 231,564
Homeownership Rate (2000): 62.1%
Migration Flow to Kern County, CA from (2007-2008):

Kern County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $16,797,904
  • Construction: $1,349,443
  • Retail Trade: $1,139,535
  • Professional and Technical Services: $891,735
  • Healthcare: $1,316,397
  • Banking: $410,674
  • Retail Trade: $1,139,535
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $373,505
  • Manufacturing: $907,551
  • Farms: $885,912
  • Government: $4,243,779
Employed (2000): 232,461
Unemployed (2000): 31,697
Unemployment Rate (2009): 14.4%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $27,090
Local Government Employment (2007): 40,834
Local Government Revenue (2007): $3,749,310 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,562,629 (thou. dol.)

Kern County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 15,336
  • Per 1,000 population: 19.5
Deaths (2007): 5,271
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.7
Infant Deaths (2007): 103
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.7

Kern County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 4,631
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 57
  • Forcible rape: 233
  • Robbery: 1,289
  • Aggravated Assault: 3,052
Property Crimes (2008): 31,907
  • Burglary: 9,252
  • Larceny-Theft: 17,422
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 5,233

Kern County Genealogy Records