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Chico Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Chico Public Records?

According to the California Open Records Act, public records contain information relating to the conduct of public business created or maintained by a government agency. However, not all government records are open to the public. The following records are exempt from public disclosure in California.

  • Personnel, medical records
  • Performance evaluations
  • Investigatory, intelligence, and security records of the Attorney General
  • Test questions, scoring keys, and other examination data used to develop, administer, and score examinations for employment, certification, or qualification
  • Records whose disclosure is exempt or prohibited under state or federal law
  • Investigatory records for law enforcement, licensing, or correctional purposes
  • Preliminary drafts, notes, or memoranda not retained in the ordinary course of business
  • Records relating to pending litigation
  • Real estate appraisals
  • Architectural and office building plans
  • Attorney-client communications and attorney work product
  • Voter registration information
  • Mental health information
  • Elder abuse records
  • Juvenile records
  • Child abuse reports
  • Trade secrets and other proprietary information
  • Public contracting documents
  • Utility consumer information

In addition to government agencies, public city records may also be accessible from third-party websites. Record seekers may either opt to use these non-governmental platforms to search for a specific record or multiple city records. However, users will need to provide enough information to assist with the search such as:

  • The address of the requestor
  • A case number or file number (if known)
  • The location of the document or person involved
  • The name of the subject involved in the record (not juvenile)
  • The last known or current address of the registrant

Third-party sites are not sponsored by government agencies. Because of this, record availability and results may vary.

Chico Crime Statistics

Data presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) provides an overview of Chico crime rates for 2019 and 2018. Information published in 2019 shows a total of 557 violent crimes in Chico compared to 611 crimes in 2018. The city reported 100 recorded rape cases in 2019 and 86 in 2018. Furthermore, the UCR published 104 robberies for 2019 and 106 for 2018. Also, the number of aggravated assault cases was 353 in 2019 and 417 in 2018. Property crime cases reported in 2019 were 2,406, higher than the 2,403 cases in 2018. Rates of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft in 2019, were 272, 1,753, and 381, respectively. In 2018, Chico reported 327 burglaries, 1,761 larceny thefts, and 315 motor-vehicle thefts.

Are Chico Criminal Records Public?

Access to Chico criminal records varies, depending on the type of information. For instance, residents can obtain information on public warrants, arrest reports, and mugshots by contacting the Records division of the Chico Police Department. Interested parties may also be able to obtain their own criminal history records. Eligible applicants are required to undergo fingerprinting services at:

1460 Humboldt Road
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: (530) 897-4910
police-records@chicoca.gov

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrests Records

Police records are available at the Chico Police Department. To obtain a Chico police report, requestors must provide relevant details, including names, dates, and location of the incident. Arrest records are available online for viewing on a public database. Individuals may search the database for arrestees. Available information on arrestees includes name, charges, arrest time and location, mugshot.

The Chico Police Department also publishes official press releases, which sometimes contain arrest information, to keep the public informed on events within the department. Individuals maysubscribe to receive department press releases by submitting an email address. For more information contact the:

Chico Police Department
1460 Humboldt Rd,
Chico, CA 95928,
Phone: (530) 897-4900

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Chico

Information on registered sex offenders in Chico is available through the California Megan's Law website. To search for offenders by name, requestors may use the sex offender name search tool. To locate offenders within a two-mile radius of the requestor’s current device location, use the advanced search.

How to Find Chico Inmate Records

The Butte County Sheriff's Department maintains Chico inmate records. Individuals may check current booking logs or older booking logs dating back three months. Available details include the inmate's name, date of birth, booking date and time, and charge description.

For more information, contact:

25 County Center Dr
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 538-7471

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Chico Police Department Jail

The Butte County Jail permits visits on Saturdays and Sundays, Visitation hours occur between 8:00 a.m to 12:00 a.m and 12:30 p;m to 4:00 p.m. Individuals visiting the Butte County Jail must be at least 18 years old. Each visitor must present a corresponding valid photo ID as minors are not allowed to visit. Inmates are allowed 45-minute sessions per visit. Visitors are required to arrive 30 minutes early to register and arrange the visitation. Residents can contact the jail at

Butte County Jail
33 County Center Dr,
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 538-7471

Note: Visitation may be refused to individuals on active parole or persons released from incarceration within 30 days.

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What are Chico Vital Records?

Chico vital records are records of births, deaths, marriages, and divorces in the city. Vital records are available at the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) and the Butte County Superior Court. Marriage records are available at the Butte County Clerk Recorder's Office, while birth and death records are available at the Butte County Public Health Department. Records may be obtained online, by mail, or in person.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records in Chico

The Butte County Superior Court provides online access to Chico divorce records. Searches are by name or record number. Individuals may select ‘Family’ in the Case Search Criteria section provided under 'Advanced Filtering Options'. Requestors may complete the application form, providing information such as the case requested party name, date of birth, date filed, case number. Each record costs $15 to search and 50 cents per page.

Submit to:

North Butte County Courthouse
1775 Concord Avenue
Chico, CA 95928

Where and How to Get Public Marriage Records in Chico

An interested party may obtain a certified informational copy of a marriage certificate at the Butte County Clerk Recorder's Office. An informational copy of a marriage certificate is not a valid document to establish identity. Although requests may be made online, requestors are required to visit the Clerk Recorder's office within ten working days of submitting requests to obtain certificates. Select 'Certified Informational Copy' and provide information about documents requested. The applicant's details are also required. Requests may be submitted to the:

Butte County Clerk-Recorder
155 Nelson Avenue,
Oroville, CA 95965-3411

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Chico

Certified Chico marriage certificates may be obtained at the Butte County Clerk Recorder's office. Only the parties to the marriage or a party with a court order may obtain a certified marriage certificate. Individuals may complete the application form and provide information such as the name of parties involved, the county where the license was issued, date of marriage, and county of marriage. A sworn statement will be required. Submitted forms should be to the:

Butte County Clerk-Recorder
155 Nelson Avenue,
Oroville, CA 95965-3411

Each record costs $15, payable by checks made out to Butte County Clerk-Recorder.

Where and How to Get Birth Records in Chico

Certified Chico birth certificates are available at the Public Health Vital Records Office. Interested persons may obtain records in person by completing the Birth Certificate Application and submitting it to:

Butte County Public Health
202 Mira Loma Drive,
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 538-7700

Records may also be obtained by mail by completing the Mail Request Form. Applicant's signature must be notarized by a Notary Public. Chico birth records cost $25 each. Submit the form to:

Butte County Public Health Vital Records Office
202 Mira Loma Drive,
Oroville CA 95965

Where and How to Get Death Records in Chico

Certified Chico death certificates are available at the Public Health Vital Records Office. Requestors may complete the Death Certificate Application and submit it to:

Butte County Public Health
202 Mira Loma Drive,
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 538-7700

For mail requests, individuals may complete the Mail Request Form. The applicant's signature must be notarized by a Notary Public. Each copy costs $21. Submit the form to:

Butte County Public Health Vital Records Office
202 Mira Loma Drive,
Oroville CA 95965