California takes great strides in protecting individuals' privacy, operating within enacted state laws and federal statutes, the state has imposed amongst the toughest restrictions to public records in the United States. California Department of Justice provides background checks for employers, professional certification or licenses, temporary VISA or immigration purposes and foreign adoptions or yourself only. Obtaining records from individual departments may be a better method. Court clerks in the county where the criminal case is filed can provide copies of their files unless sealed by court order. A directory of California's major public records custodians allows anyone to see available channels to obtain copies, certificates, files and any other form of information granted by law.
California Statewide Public Records
- California Asset Search
Search government agencies open to the public to find assets of companies, corporations, or individuals.
- California Criminal History Records
Find out how to obtain criminal history records from the state of California. Get detailed criminal background searches using law enforcement and official information.
California Courts Self Service Center
How to see or get a copy of records from criminal cases.
California Courts Case Information
Obtain information of California supreme court and court of appeal criminal cases.
California Criminal Background Check
Order CA criminal history background reports.
California Department of Justice Criminal Records
Request copy of your own criminal history record.
California Inmate Locator
Find the location and release information of individuals incarcerated with the California Dept. of Corrections.
- California Police Records
Access California police reports and obtain crime reports, traffic reports and accident reports from state law enforcement agencies.
California Highway Patrol
Accident investigation, abandoned vehicle abatement and more
California Department of Fish and Game
Fishing licenses, hunting licenses and more
California Attorney General
Civil, criminal and appellate courts
Commission On Peace Officer Standards and Training
California law enforcement training academy and more
California County Sheriff Criminal Reports
California Most Wanted
Current posting of fugitives and absconders from the CA Dept. of Justice.
- California Sex Offenders
Search the CA Dept. of Justice database of registered offenders by name or location.
- California Bankruptcy Search
Conduct a bankruptcy search through public records to find individual or corporate bankruptcy filings.
- California Business & Corporation Search
Find active and inactive corporations by name from the California Secretary of State.
- California Birth Records
Request birth and death certificates from the CA Dept. of Health.
- California Death Records
Online resource for finding free death records.
- California Public Record Expungements
Information and resources to assist in expunging criminal records state and nationwide.
- California Judgments and Liens
Find judgments, liens and UCC filings of any individual in California.
- California DMV Records
Access online forms from the state DMV to request a drivers license, complete registration and more.
- California Death Row
Information from a non-profit resource about California death row inmates.
- California Fictitious Business Names Filings
Find general info and check name availability with the California Secretary of State.
- California Federal Cases
Search the California Court system to find information and public records on federal case filings.
- California Genealogy Records
Browse state archives, historical records, and online databases, search California census records to find info about ancestors, family tree and more.
- California Lawyer Lookup
Verify an attorney's licensing status with the State Bar.
- California Professional Licenses
Look up and verify professional licenses.
- California Marriage and Divorce Records
Obtain certified copies of dissolution of marriage from the Dept. of Public Health.
- California Missing Children
Search the California Department of Justice postings of children reported missing in the state.
- California Missing Persons
Search the state database of missing people my name, location, suspects, and more.
- California Newspaper Search
Lookup online newspapers and printed publications for the state of California.
- California People Search
Lookup addresses and telephone numbers for individuals in California. Find family or friends by searching free databases available online.
- California Property Records
Obtain property tax info by contacting the county assessor.
- California Teacher Lookup
Verify a public school teachers credentials with the CA teacher credentials commission.
- California Unclaimed Property
Search property and claim status by individual name or business thru the state treasurer.
- California Vital Records
Request birth and death certificates, marriage records and divorce filings in California.
California Public Records by City and Town
Public Records Information
California is the largest state (by population) in the United States with over 37 million residents. There are 58 counties and 478 cities covering 155,959 square miles. Sacramento is the capital and the sixth largest city in the state amongst Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Long Beach. The “Golden State” is the sixth largest economy in the world. Its leading industries are technology, agriculture and banking.
The state of California’s departments provide public records from various department and administration divisions. Recorders are not the sole custodians of records, departments maintain and provide information individually.
Criminal records can be obtained from several public sources in California with various policies to service requests. Employers can access the automated service from the California Department of Justice to conduct background checks online. Individuals can also request a self background check. Separate law enforcement agencies provide incident and police reports.
Background Information. Personal information is needed for identification, verification, passports and instances where official documentation is required. California's department of Public Health issues certified authorized and informational copies online to the public. Certain employers require applicants to provide a driving record which can be requested directly from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Court Records Information
Court self help services help the general public and attorneys directly access records from all 58 county superior courts. Case information is offered by court clerks with services to obtain copies of filings. Online calendar of upcoming cases, party names and division details where trials are held are available from Appellate to lower courts. The PACER system is a Bankruptcy public case access system operating separately from other court services..
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