Sacramento Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The Sacramento Police Department provides regular updates on crime data for the city. In addition to monthly statistics, it provides patrol district maps and crime maps. It also publishes annual city-wide crime data. According to data released in 2016, the city recorded 3,549 violent crime incidents and 15,283 cases of property crimes. Larceny-theft was the most common crime with 9,389 cases followed by burglary with 3,070 cases. Compared to 2015, the city recorded a 6.36% downtick in total crime numbers. Burglary incidents slid by 17.32% while reports of rape and homicide slid by 16.19% and 4.65%. The city also recorded the lowest property crime numbers in over a decade (excluding 2014).
How to Find Police Reports and Criminal Records
The Sacramento Police Department provides access to different types of reports, including crime reports, traffic accident reports, property crime reports, and lost or found property reports. Requests for records can be made by mail or in person at the public counter of any of the following police facilities.
To obtain a copy of a crime or an accident report, submitted requests must provide the report number, date and location of the incident, names of the parties involved and the report number. Requests for traffic reports may also require a vehicle license number and insurance police number. Police reports are only released to authorized individuals, such as the victim, or anyone with authorizing documentation, such as the victim’s attorney.
How to obtain a Copy of a Sacramento Police Report by Mail
Individuals who wish to obtain a crime report by mail must send written request to Records Division of the police department using the following address:
Sacramento Police Department
Attn: Records Report Request
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95822
Fax: (916) 808-0636
Processing time for such requests ranges from three to four weeks. Requestors must include all relevant information. They must also include a copy of a valid government-issued identification.
How to Access Sacramento Public Records
Public records requests are processed by the Sacramento Police Department’s Government Affairs unit. To make a public record request, download and complete the citizen request form. Requests must include the applicant's full name, address, phone number and other contact info. Interested parties will also be expected to provide other related information to help narrow the scope of the search, such as the date of the record, report number, and the type of record requested.
How to Obtain Inmate Information
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (SSD) provides a searchable online platform that contains information on inmates held in correctional facilities within the county. To use the platform, requestors must have the inmate’s full name or the inmate’s X-Ref number. The platform only displays information on inmates currently held in custody.
How to find Information on Registered Sex Offenders
The Department of Justice for the State of California state provides a searchable online listing of registered sex offenders residing in Sacramento and other parts of the state. It contains general information such as names, address (partial or full) as well as photos. Searches can be made by name, zip code or using a geographic range.
How to Find Court Records
The Sacramento Superior Court provides a centralized public case access system for accessing case records. It contains information on probate and civil cases. It also provides information about criminal cases from 1989 till present as well as general information on family law cases. Users can search for cases by case number, filing date, or the names of the parties involved
The Court charges a public access fee for name searches. Users must first create an account and then purchase their preferred number of name searches. Search fees range from $1.00 for one name search to $2,500 for 365 consecutive days of unlimited searches. Public court records are also available for download. The court charges a $1.00 fee per page (for the first five pages of a document) and $0.40 per page for each subsequent page—up to a maximum of $40.00 per document.
Members of the public can also view files or make in-person requests for copies of criminal records at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse. Interested parties must have a case number. Requestors can also obtain copies of criminal records by completing a record request form and mailing with payment to the:
Superior Court of California
County of Sacramento
720 9TH Street, Room 101
Sacramento, CA 95814
How to Obtain Divorce Records
Certified copies of divorce decrees issued in Sacramento are only available at the County’s Superior Court. To request for a divorce record, requestors must have the case number. Individuals who do not have the case number can either search for it directly at the courthouse, or pay a fee and conduct an online search using the court’s public case access system. Requests may be made in person or by mail. To obtain a copy of a divorce record by mail, complete a request form and send it to the:
Superior Court of California
County of Sacramento
William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse
3341 Power Inn Road
Sacramento, CA 95826
Requestors must also provide a valid government-issued ID. Accepted photo identifications include a driver license, state issued I.D, voter’s ID, passport, U.S resident’s card and military ID. The court charges $15.00 for each certified copy of a divorce record and an additional $15.00 search fee if the case number is not provided. Checks and money orders are the only acceptable forms of payments with mail-in requests.
How to Obtain Copies of Birth and Death Records
The Sacramento County Clerk Recorder manages birth and death records for events that occurred from 1850 to present. The office issues two types of certified copies: information and authorized. Authorized copies of birth or death certificates can only be released to the registrant (birth certificate) or individuals who are related to the registrant, such as parents, legal guardian, siblings, children, grandparents or spouses. Authorized copies may also be released to attorney’s representing the registrant or the resistant’s estate.
To obtain a copy of a birth/death certificate in person, visit any of the county’s local offices located at these addresses.
600 8th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
County Service Center - East
5229 Hazel Avenue, Suite B
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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8239 E. Stockton Boulevard, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95828
Mailed requests should be sent to:
Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder
P.O. Box 839 Sacramento
The County charges $28.00 per copy for birth certificates and $21.00 for death certificates. Acceptable forms of payment for in-person requests include cash, check, money order, credit card and debit cards. Requests made by mail may be paid by check or money order made payable to the “Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder.”