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Union City Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Union City Public Records?

According to the California Public Records Act, Union City Public records are information created, stored, and maintained by government agencies while performing official government business. These records exist in many mediums like written or typed, electronic, pictures, audio files, and video. Some public records may be excluded from public view or have parts of it removed if it contains any of the following types of information:

  • Preliminary drafts
  • Records about pending litigation to which the city is a party (record becomes public after litigation or claim has been settled)
  • Documents covered by the attorney-client privilege
  • Personnel, medical or similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
  • Test questions and scoring keys
  • Any initiative, referendum, and recall petitions

Union City Crime Statistics

The Union City Police Department gathers all crime statistical data for the city and submits it to the FBI uniform crime reporting system(UCR). This data is used to provide law enforcement with accurate data to judge crime trends and the effectiveness of law enforcement strategies citywide. According to UCR data for 2018 and 2019, overall violent crime rose by 6.1% from 261 cases to 277 cases. Murder, assault, property crime, and larceny also increased by 50%, 20.5%, 3.9%, and 11.1% respectively. On the other hand, rape, robbery, burglary, vehicle theft, and arson were reduced by 46.6%, 11.2%, 21.9%, 4.6%, and 10% respectively.

Are Union City’s Criminal Records Public?

According to the California Public Records Act, not all Union City criminal records are public. Some records such as criminal histories are restricted to law enforcement and prospective employers like security firms and schools performing checks on potential employees. Residents can request a local criminal record check from the Union City Police department by filling and submitting the local record request form. The form can be mailed or hand-delivered to the police department at Union City Police Department, Attention: Records Division, at 34009 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City, California, 94587. The requesters need to provide a valid identification like a passport or driver's license and the $28 fee in a money order or cashier’s check.

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

Copies of Union City Police reports can be obtained from the Union City Police Department. Requesters are required to fill the police report request form and submit the records to the records department of the police. The request can be emailed, mailed, or hand-delivered to:

City of Union City Police Department,
Attention: Records Division,
34009 Alvarado-Niles Rd,
Union City, CA 94587
Phone: (510) 471-1365
Fax: (510) 471 - 5974
Email: ucpdrecords@unioncity.org

Copies of police reports cost $14 per copy and records requests are usually processed in 10 days.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Union City

Sex offender information for Union City can be obtained by visiting the Meagan’s Law page on the California Department of Justice website. This provides access to the sex offender registry for the whole of California. The search tool on the website allows users to search for sex offender information using different criteria such as names, counties, cities, and zip codes.

How to Find Union City Inmate Records

Information on inmates from Union City can be found on the website of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). The information can be found by using using the search tool. Inmates from Union City may have been moved to one of the jails operated by the Alameda Sheriff’s Office. Individuals may use the inmate locator search tool on the sheriff’s office website to locate information about inmates in these jails.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Union City City Jail?

Union City City jail is a temporary holding facility so inmates do not remain there long before they are transferred to the facilities run by the Alameda County Sheriff. These are the Santa Rita Jail and Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility. Full instructions and visiting schedules for these jails can be found on the Santa Rita Visiting page and the G.E Dyer detention facility.

Court Records

The Alameda County Superior Court is the custodian of court records for Union City. The court provides access to different court records including records for civil, criminal, and family court cases. Individuals searching for these records have the option to search in person and online on the superior court website.

Locations of Courts in Union City

Court cases for Union City are usually heard in the Alameda County Superior Court in the neighboring city of Fremont.

Fremont Hall of Justice
39439 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 818-7500

Are Union City Court Records Public?

According to the California Public Records Act, not every Union City court record is open to the public. Some records are confidential records by law and so are not accessible by the public. Records that may be classified as confidential include juvenile court case records, divorce records, civil cases involving harassment, and family cases involving children.

Can You Look Up a Union City Court Case Online?

Some Union City court record information can be accessed online through the Alameda County Superior Court website. Criminal cases can be viewed via the odyssey portal while civil and family court records can be viewed at DomainWeb. Requesters may also look up basic information like case numbers and court case dates online.

How to Obtain Union City Civil Court Case Records

Union City county civil court records can be obtained by contacting the Alameda County Superior Court. The civil court records can be viewed online or accessed in person. The records can be accessed in person and information on requesting copies can be obtained from the following:

  • Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, Oakland: Records can be viewed in person via the public terminals at the Civil Division
  • Hayward Hall of Justice, Hayward: (510) 690-2705
  • George E. McDonald Hall of Justice, Alameda: (510) 891-6005

Individuals are also able to view non-confidential civil case information online through the DomainWeb database. Information and documents on the Domainweb service can be viewed and printed out for a fee. Copies of civil court records cost $0.50 per page and $25 for certification of the documents.

How to Obtain Union City Criminal Court Records

Criminal records for union city can be obtained in person or online. The criminal records can be obtained from the court location where the case was heard by contacting or using the viewing terminals at the following locations:

  • Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, Oakland: Records can be viewed in person via the public terminals at the Criminal Division, Room-107
  • Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse, Oakland:(510) 627-4700
  • Hayward Hall of Justice, Hayward: (510) 690-2703
  • Fremont Hall of Justice, Fremont: (510) 818-7501
  • East County Hall of Justice, Dublin: (925) 227-6700

Individuals who just want to view the records online can use the odyssey portal at no cost. Non-confidential criminal court records can be requested online using the criminal records request form. Records requested through this online form will usually be mailed or emailed to the requester. Mailed requests involve sending a written request containing the Requestor Name, Requestor mailing address, Requestor Phone Number, Defendant Name, Defendant Docket Number, and Date of Birth. Written requests should be mailed to:

East County Hall of Justice,
Attn: Criminal Division.
5151 Gleason Drive,
Dublin, CA 94568

The fee for copying the records is $0.50 per page and $25 to certify the record. A search fee of $15 will be charged for every search longer than 10 minutes.

What are Union City Vital Records?

Union City vital records are the documents that record the life events that happen in the city. These records include birth, death, marriage, divorce records. These records can be obtained from their custodians at the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder and the Superior Court.

Where and How to Obtain Union City Divorce Records

Union City divorce records are created and maintained by the Alameda County Superior Court. Requesters may come in person to make the request or mail in a written request. All requests must be made at the family court location of the Alameda County Superior Court at:

Hayward Hall of Justice
24405 Amador Street
Hayward, CA 94544
Phone: (510) 690-270

Requesters must be able to provide the divorce case number if not a small search fee will be charged to locate it. Mailed requests must include a written request with as much information about the divorce including:

  • Divorce case number
  • Parties to the divorce
  • Year the case was heard

Requesters should also include a self-addressed and stamped envelope and a check for the fee made payable to the Alameda County Superior Court. For further information about the fees and the exact mailing address, requesters are required to contact the family court at (510)690-270

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Union City

Union City confidential marriage records can only be issued to a party to the marriage or parties authorized by the court to receive one. Union confidential marriage requests can be obtained in person, by mail, or online from the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder. The requester will need to print and fill the confidential marriage application to request a confidential marriage record. The requester will also need to have the form notarized by a notary public. The filled form can be either brought in or mailed to the clerk-recorder’s office at:

Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office
1106 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Online requests can be made via the online request option on the clerk-recorder’s website. A confidential union city marriage certificate costs $17 which is payable by checks or money orders for in-person and mailed. The online requests are paid for using credit cards which incur a $2 convenience fee.

Where and How to Get Public Union City Marriage Records

Union City non-confidential marriage certificates can be obtained by individuals apart from the parties to the marriage. Requesters may receive a public version of the records which is marked information and cannot be used for any official business like establishing identity. The members of the public allowed to request a non-confidential marriage certificate include the following:

  • The registrants or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant. (Legal guardians must provide documentation.)
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, who is conducting official business as instructed by law. (Photo identification or a request on the agency's letterhead.)
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate

These records can be obtained in person, by mail, or online via the clerk-recorder's website. The non-confidential records can be unrestricted or informational copies. Informational copies are marked as informational and cannot be accepted for any official business like proving identity. The request can be made by printing and completing the unrestricted application form or informational application form and returning them to the clerk-recorder’s office. The union marriage certificates cost $17 which can be paid in checks and money orders for in-person and mailed requests. Payments for online applications via credit card will incur a $2 convenience fee.

Where and How to Find Union City Birth Records

Union City birth certificates can be obtained from the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder. The records can be either an unrestricted copy or an informational copy. They can be obtained in person, by mail, or online via the county website.

Obtaining Copies of Union City Birth Certificates

Two types of Union City birth certificates can be issued, certified unrestricted copy and certified informational copy. The two records cost the same but the restricted copies can only be issued to particular individuals authorized by law. Requesters not among those authorized by law will receive record marked information that cannot be used to establish identity. The following persons may receive an authorized copy of the birth certificate:

  • The registrant whose name is on the record
  • Parents or legal guardians of the registrant
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record to comply with Family Codes.
  • Any members of law enforcement or a representative of other government agencies while conducting official business.
  • The grandparents, siblings, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
  • Any Children or grandchildren of the registrant
  • An attorney representing the registrant or their estate, or any person or agency empowered by law, or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or their estate.

The records can be requested by printing and filling either the unrestricted or the informational birth records application form and returning it to the clerk-recorder’s office. The completed forms can be brought in or mailed to the office at:

Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office
1106 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94607

The restricted application forms must also be notarized or the request will be delayed. Individuals making the requests may also use the drop boxes located in front of the office. Online requests are made using the online request option on the website and following the instructions. The fee for a Union city birth certificate is $30, a non-refundable search fee and if no record is found, a certificate of no record is issued. There is no additional fee for regular mail to return the record and federal express is available for an extra fee. The payments can be made in checks or money orders made payable to the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder. Payments for online orders are made with credit cards and requesters will be charged a $2.00 convenience fee for transactions.

Where and How to Find Union City Death Records

The Alameda County Clerk-Recorder issues Union City Death Certificates. According to California law only authorized persons may receive the certified unrestricted copies while non-authorized people may receive an informational copy. These informational copies are marked across the face and may not be used for any official business like establishing identities. The individuals that may receive authorized copies are:

  • A parent or legal guardian of the person listed on the certificate with documentation.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, while conducting official business.
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate. You will be required to provide documentation.
  • An individual described in paragraphs above, inclusive, of subdivision (a) in Health & Safety Code Section 7100. Conservator, surviving competent adult person respectively in the next degrees of kinship. (Supporting documentation may be requested.)
  • Any agent or employee of a funeral establishment acting within the course and scope of his or her employment and orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of an individual listed above, inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.

Requests involve printing and filling an unrestricted or informational death certificate application form. Applications for restricted certified copies of the death certificate will need to be notarized. The completed forms can be mailed or brought in person to the clerk-recorder's office at the:

Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office
1106 Madison Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Death certificates in Union City cost $23 per copy, which is a non-refundable search fee. Payments for in-person and mailed requests can be made through checks and money orders made payable to the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder. Online informational and online restricted death certificate requests can be made by following the links in the county clerk-recorder website. Payments for online requests are made by credit card on the site and incur an extra $2 convenience fee.