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Riverside Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Riverside City Public Records?

According to California’s Public Records Act, Riverside public records comprise "any writing containing information relating to the conduct of a public's business prepared, owned, used or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristic.” Riverdale City public records may be in the form of documents, typed or handwritten, audio recordings and transcripts, photographs, and video recordings. However, statutes exempt the following types of government records from public viewership:

  • Drafts
  • Police informants’ identity
  • Voter registration information
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) proceedings
  • Architectural and official building plans
  • Attorney-client communications
  • Attorney bills and retainer agreements
  • Records relating to information technology systems’ security
  • Code enforcement records
  • Deliberative process privilege
  • Records requested for journalistic or scholarly purposes.

Riverside City Crime Statistics

The Riverside City Police Department tabulates the number of crimes committed and arrests and collates those records into Type 1 and Type 2 offenses. Type 1 offenses include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, and vehicular theft. The department puts together a monthly summary of crime data and makes it available online, along with an annual, bi-annual, and 5-year summary. According to the Police Department’s 2018 report on Part 1 crimes, there were 1,513 violent crimes and 9,330 property crimes throughout the year. These crimes were distributed among the major areas of the City as follows:

North: 25.1%
East: 26.8%
Central: 20.8%
West: 27%
Misc: 0.6%

A breakdown of 2018 property crimes showed 6,324 reported larceny-theft cases, 1,708 vehicular thefts, and 1,298 burglaries. Among violent crimes were 856 cases of aggravated assault, 503 robberies, 141 rapes, and 13 murders. According to reports from the previous year, 2018’s crime numbers were 0.6% higher than 2017’s. Crimes in the northern part of Riverside City dropped by 2.3%, while those in the eastern part went up by 0.2%. The central region saw crime increase by 8.4%, while crime in the western area decreased by 2.2%

Are Riverside City Criminal Records Public?

Per California’s laws, few Riverside City criminal records are available for public viewership. For instance, criminal history records, collated by local law enforcement agencies and closed to public view. Only specific employers, including child care and healthcare, private security firms, law enforcement agencies, and public utilities, can request and inspect criminal history records. Also, arrest and criminal records are available for inspection by the record holder, who can contact the Riverside City Police Department to obtain them.

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

Per California’s Public Records Act, the Riverside City Police Department only accepts requests for Riverside City police reports from authorized parties, including:

  • Victims or witnesses of crimes
  • Authorized representatives of crime victims
  • The insurance company against whom claims have been made or may fall against
  • Anyone who has suffered physical injury or property damage due to an incident

Eligible persons can request Riverside City police reports online or in person. For in-person requests, applicants may visit any of the operational front counters at the Police Department’s main stations in Riverside City. Each counter is responsible for writing down non-critical police reports, providing authorized persons with copies of police reports, and assisting city citizens with specific problems.

Riverside City Police Department
10540 Magnolia Ave.
Ste B,
Riverside, CA 92505

Riverside City Police Department
4102 Orange St,
Riverside, CA 92501

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Riverside City

Per California’s Megan’s Law, all convicted sex offenders in Riverside City and the rest of the state must register their current details, including their phone numbers and home addresses. The California Department of Justice maintains this information on its Sex Offender Registry. Individuals interested in obtaining Riverside City sex offender information may visit the statewide sex offender registry to get information on:

  • Serious Sex Offenders: Individuals convicted for felony sex offenses or misdemeanor child molestation;
  • High-Risk Sex Offenders: Individuals who have received multiple convictions for violent crimes and the classification of “sexually violent predator” per the Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 6600.

Researchers can find sex offenders’ names, aliases, home or work addresses, mugshots, and physical descriptors. Researchers can also look for sex offenders within a particular zip code or close to schools and parks.

How to Find Riverside City Inmate Records

The Riverside County Sheriff maintains records of all persons arrested in Riverside City and incarcerated in the County’s prisons. Individuals that wish to acquire Riverside City inmate records may query the Sheriff’s Jail Information Management System. Researchers may query the database using the inmate’s first and last names, date of birth, and gender to find a record. If an inmate is in the system, researchers will find the following information on them:

  • Booking No.
  • Name
  • D.O.B
  • Sex
  • Custody status

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Riverside City Jail?

Individuals arrested in Riverside City stay at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

Robert Presley Detention Center
4000 Orange Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 955-4500

The Detention Center allows inmates to receive two 45-minute visits every week, according to the visiting schedule located on its webpage. All visitors must call the facility administration on (951) 341-8888 at least twenty-four hours in advance to schedule an inmate visit. Visitors must also arrive at the facility at least twenty minutes before visitations start to check-in. Check-in closes ten minutes before visitation begins.

Inmates may receive a maximum of two adult and two child visitors. Adults must present a valid, government-issued ID, and children - accompanied by a parent or legal guardian - must present a valid birth certificate as identification. All visitors are subject to a full search by facility staff. Visitors may only meet with the appointed inmate and cannot see another inmate midway through the visit. Visitors may not bring any of the following items to the facility:

  • Firearms or any other type of weapons;
  • Alcohol or illegal substances;
  • Cameras;
  • Food;
  • Drinks, or
  • Cigarettes

Visitors must dress comfortably but conservatively and will not gain entry, wearing clothing that:

  • Is overly tight or provocative
  • Bears gang-related images,
  • Bears sexually suggestive images, or
  • Bears pictures or writing that may offend others,

Court Records

The Riverside County Superior Court, a member of the California Judicial Branch, is responsible for Riverside City’s legal proceedings. It provides individuals interested in obtaining Riverside City court records with a variety - including civil and family records, criminal court records, small claims, probate court records, and juvenile court records.

Location of Courts in Riverside City

Riverside County Superior Court - Riverside Hall of Justice
4100 Main Street,
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 777-3147

Riverside County Superior Court - Riverside Family Law Courthouse
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 431,
Riverside, CA 92502

Physical Address:
4175 Main Street,
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 777-3147

Riverside County Superior Court - Riverside Historic Courthouse
4050 Main Street,
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 777-3147

Riverside County Superior Court - Riverside Juvenile Court
9991 County Farm Road,
Riverside, CA 92503
Phone: (951) 777-3147

Are Riverside City Court Records Public?

Per California’s statutes, only some of Riverside City court records are public property. Others are closed records, unavailable to unauthorized persons. Some closed court records in Riverside City include:

  • Criminal cases involving minors
  • Juvenile dependency cases in which the court separates a child from his or her parents
  • Civil harassment cases
  • Child custody cases
  • Some divorce cases

Can You Look Up a Riverside City Court Case Online?

The Riverside County Superior Court provides online access to Riverside City court records through its Public Access page. The portal allows the public to access available court data without needing to go to the courthouse. Interested persons may find information on civil court cases, criminal court records, probate records, small claims court records, and traffic records. However, the information contained on the portal does not constitute official Riverside City court records.

How to Obtain Riverside City Civil Court Case Records

The Riverside County Superior Court provides Riverside City civil court records to the public and authorized persons. Requesters may obtain these court records online, in person, or by mail. To obtain records online, requesters must first search the court’s public portal to get the case’s details. Each case search costs $1. If the form is open to the public, the researcher may download a copy directly. Documents cost $1 per page to download the first five pages, and 50 cents per page for additional pages - capped at $50 per record.

Individuals interested in obtaining certified copies of court records must complete form RI-MC011 and submit it on the court’s ESubmit page. If the requester does not know the case number, the court staff will charge $15 to search on their behalf. Copies cost fifty cents per page, while certification costs $40 per document.

Interested persons may also visit the Superior Court to obtain civil court records in person. Court staff advises requesters to have the case number on hand to facilitate swift service. If court staff have to complete a record search and take longer than ten minutes, they will charge the requester $15 for the examination. To send in mail requests, applicants must complete a Request for Records Search or Copies form, including credit card information or a check payable to Riverside Superior Court. Also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage and mail the entire package to the court.

Riverside County Superior Court - Riverside Hall of Justice
4100 Main Street,
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 777-3147

How to Obtain Riverside City Criminal Court Records

The Riverside County Superior Court provides certified and uncertified copies of non-confidential Riverside City criminal court records. Requesters may obtain these court records online, in person, or by mail. Requesters must first search the court’s public portal to get the details of the case. Searching for uncertified copies is free, while searches for certified records cost $1. To obtain copies of criminal court records, requesters can place orders on the Online Copy Request System.

Interested persons may also visit the Superior Court to obtain Riverside City criminal court records in person. The court staff advises requesters to have the case number on hand to facilitate swift service. If court staff have to complete a record search and take longer than ten minutes, they will charge the requester $15 for the examination. To send in mail requests, applicants must complete a Request for Records Search or Copies form, including credit card information or a check payable to Riverside Superior Court. Also, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage, and mail the entire package to the court.

Riverside County Superior Court - Riverside Hall of Justice
4100 Main Street,
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 777-3147

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What are Riverside City Vital Records?

Riverside City vital records refer to official documents created to mark important life events among Riverside residents. Vital records include birth certificates, divorce decrees, death certificates, and marriage certificates. Typically, these records are available to requesters by visiting or mailing the agency responsible for their care.

Where and How to Obtain Riverside City Divorce Records

The Riverside County Superior Court provides certified copies of Riverside City divorce records to eligible individuals. Eligible individuals include:

  • The divorcees
  • The divorcees’ immediate family members
  • The divorcees’ legal representatives

Requesters can obtain the case number using the court’s public case access system and then order copies of divorce decrees in person or by mail. To make requests in-person or by mail, applicants must provide a valid, government-issued ID and the appropriate fee. Certified copies of divorce records cost $15 per copy, while the search fee is $15 (if the case number is unknown). The court accepts cash payments for in-person requests and checks or money orders for mail-in requests.

Riverside County Superior Court - Riverside Family Law Courthouse
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 431,
Riverside, CA 92502

Physical Address:
4175 Main Street,
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 777-3147

The California Department of Public Health also provides divorce verification letters for divorces conducted between 1962 and 1984. Eligible requesters may complete an application for a certified copy of a divorce record and submit it to the Vital Records section of the California Department of Public Health by mail. Each verification letter contains the divorcees’ names, the divorce case number, and the county where the divorce happened.

Where and How to Get Marriage Records in Riverside City

The Riverside County Clerk-Recorder provides certified and informal copies of Riverside City Marriage certificates to authorized requesters and the general public. Authorized requesters include:

  • The couple named on the record
  • The couples’ immediate family members
  • The couples’ legal representatives

To request a Riverside City marriage record online, applicants must visit the Clerk-Recorder’s record order page and complete the application for a certified or an informal copy of a marriage record. To prove eligibility for a certified copy, the requester must provide a replica of a valid government-issued ID card. The cost for copies of marriage certificates is $15. The cost of shipping the certificate to the requester is $6.99. If the Clerk-Recorder’s staff cannot find the record, the requester will receive a refund for the cost of shipping. However, the certificate/search fee is non-refundable.

To obtain a Riverside City marriage record in person, applicants may repeat the above process, choosing “In Office” when they get to the “Payment Method” section. The requester must then make an appointment to go into the office, using the order number from the record order page. Requesters must arrive ten minutes early for the meeting, carrying cash, credit card, or a personal check for payment.

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
2724 Gateway Dr,
Riverside, CA 92507

For mail-in requests, applicants must complete a marriage record request form and have the application notarized. Requesters must attach a valid copy of a government-issued ID, a check or money order for the appropriate fee ($15 for a marriage certificate), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
P.O. Box 751,
Riverside, CA 92502-0751

Where and How to Get Riverside City Birth Records

The Riverside County Clerk-Recorder provides certified and informal copies of Riverside City birth certificates to authorized requesters and the general public. Authorized requesters include:

  • The registrant
  • Parents named on the record
  • The registrant’s spouse
  • The registrant’s siblings
  • The registrant’s legal representatives

To request a Riverside City birth record online, applicants must visit the Clerk-Recorder’s record order page and complete the application for a certified or an informal copy of a birth record. To prove eligibility for a certified copy, the requester must provide a replica of a valid government-issued ID card. The cost for copies of birth certificates is $28. The cost of shipping the certificate to the requester is $6.99. If the Clerk-Recorder’s staff cannot find the record, the requester will receive a refund for the cost of shipping. However, the certificate/search fee is non-refundable.

To obtain a Riverside City birth certificate in person, applicants may repeat the above process, choosing “In Office” when they get to the “Payment Method” section. The requester must then make an appointment to go into the office, using the order number from the record order page. Requesters must arrive ten minutes early for the meeting, carrying cash, credit card, or a personal check for payment.

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
2724 Gateway Dr,
Riverside, CA 92507

For mail-in requests, applicants must complete a birth record request form and have the application notarized. Requesters must attach a valid copy of a government-issued ID, a check or money order for the appropriate fee ($28 for a birth certificate), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
P.O. Box 751,
Riverside, CA 92502-0751

Where and How to Get Riverside City Death Records

The Riverside County Clerk-Recorder provides certified and informal copies of Riverside City death certificates to authorized requesters and the general public. Authorized requesters include:

  • The registrant’s surviving spouse
  • The registrant’s immediate family members
  • The registrant’s legal representatives

To request a Riverside City death record online, applicants must visit the Clerk-Recorder’s record order page and complete the application for a certified or an informal copy of a death record. To prove eligibility for a certified copy, the requester must provide a replica of a valid government-issued ID card. The cost for copies of death certificates is $21. The cost of shipping the certificate to the requester is $6.99. If the Clerk-Recorder’s staff cannot find the record, the requester will receive a refund for the cost of shipping. However, the certificate/search fee is non-refundable.

To obtain a Riverside City death certificate in person, applicants may repeat the above process, choosing “In Office” when they get to the “Payment Method” section. The requester must then make an appointment to go into the office, using the order number from the record order page. Requesters must arrive ten minutes early for the meeting, carrying cash, credit card, or a personal check for payment.

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
2724 Gateway Dr,
Riverside, CA 92507

For mail-in requests, applicants must complete a death record request form and have the application notarized. Requesters must attach a valid copy of a government-issued ID, a check or money order for the appropriate fee ($21 for a death certificate), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
P.O. Box 751,
Riverside, CA 92502-0751