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Richmond Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Richmond City Public Records?

The California Public Records Act stipulates that Richmond City public records include all information that the city’s employees and officials create, curate, use, or store in the ordinary business line. It covers all documents that Richmond City officials may create by handwriting or typing. It also includes any photographs, maps, charts, video or audio recording, or any other electronically transmittable file. City officials may exempt certain parts of a public record from general view if they contain:

  • Information whose release would constitute a violation of personal privacy;
  • The details of an ongoing court case
  • The details of an ongoing law enforcement investigation
  • Government employees’ private details
  • Confidential government information
  • Preliminary drafts or notes
  • Taxpayer information and private financial data

Richmond City Crime Statistics

In Richmond City, the Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit aids the prevention, suppression, and reduction in crime by creating monthly crime-statistics reports designed to provide in-depth analysis of crime patterns and trends. The unit provides these reports to its Patrol, Investigations, and Command Staff. The unit also provides an annual summary to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

In 2017, there were 110,804 residents in Richmond City. In that year, local law enforcement agents recorded 1014 violent crimes and 4128 property crimes, with violent crimes including ten murder arrests, forty-nine rapes, 392 robbery arrests, and 563 arrests for aggravated assault. With 2199 reports, larceny-theft was the most recurrent crime, followed by vehicular theft, which had 1231 reports. There were also 698 burglary reports and 43 cases of arson. Over the next two years, Richmond City’s population changed only marginally, as did its reported crime numbers. Violent crimes rose by 1.97%, while property crimes grew by 1.45%. Among violent crime numbers, murders and aggravated assaults grew by 60% and 19.89%, respectively. On the other hand, rape and robbery decreased by 26.5% and 21.7% each.

Are Richmond City Criminal Records Public?

California law stipulates that the public may access some Richmond City criminal records. However, access to most criminal records is available only to the involved parties and other authorized persons. For example, Richmond City law enforcement officers compile criminal history records and provide them only to specific employers, including private security companies, law enforcement agencies, public utility companies, and childcare facilities. However, both the individual whom the record covers and their victims can request criminal history records at any time by visiting the Richmond City Police Department.

Richmond City Police Department
1701 Regatta Blvd,
Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 233-1214
Fax: (510) 620-6880

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Richmond City Police Department’s Records Section is responsible for all policy documents, reports, and electronic records management. Interested persons can obtain copies of police reports by calling the Records Section on (510) 620-6675 to confirm the record’s availability and release status. If available, the report will be ready for pick up within seven to ten days. Copies of traffic reports and police reports cost $21 each. However, only those subject to release are available for copying. The Records Section will not provide reports for ongoing or juvenile cases.

Richmond City Police Department
Records Section
1701 Regatta Blvd,
Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 620-6675

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Richmond City

The California Department of Justice collates information for all convicted sex offenders in the state and makes them publicly available. Anyone interested in getting Richmond City sex offender information may query the DOJ’s online Sex Offender Registry. Using the registry, interested persons can find information on any sex offender living or working in Richmond City, using their name, known aliases, or address. Researchers may also employ the site to search for sex offenders living or working close to popular areas like schools or parks. All search results typically return sex offenders’ names and known aliases, physical descriptions and photographs, and their home or work addresses.

How to Find Richmond City Inmate Records

Interested persons can obtain information on inmates detained by the Contra Costa County Sheriff using its In-Custody Locator page. Requesters may search this database using inmates’ first and last names or booking numbers and will find the following information. Inmate records provide general information on each registrant such as the:

  • Booking Number
  • Name
  • Date Booked
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Housing Location
  • Arresting Agency
  • Charges

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Richmond City Jail?

West County Detention Facility, in Richmond City, allows inmates’ friends and family members to visit according to the following schedule:

Monday - Thursday:

  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:15 p.m. (Thursday only)
  • 4:15 p.m. (Thursday only)

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.

Inmates may receive up to three visitors simultaneously, and all visitors must schedule visits and be at the facility at least thirty minutes before the visiting time-block begins. Infants or toddlers that require carrying do not count as guests. Visitors must dress appropriately during appointments and maintain standards of conduct that do not offend others. Nursing mothers must be discreet when feeding babies or face expulsion from the facility.

All visitors must present a valid photo ID to validate their identity. Minors may accompany adult visitors and must present a valid birth certificate for identity verification. All visitors must pass through a metal detector and are subject to search of their person and property, including their vehicles. Visitors may not enter the facility carrying any of the following:

  • Guns, knives, or any other weapon
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Money
  • Cell phones or cameras

Visitors may not wear any of the following to the Facility:

  • Leotards
  • Sundresses
  • Skinny jeans
  • Jeggings
  • Mini skirts or shorts higher than two inches above the knees
  • Shirts with lewd print or gang slogans on them
  • Clothing that resembles prison uniforms

Court Records

Richmond City, under Contra Costa County, is a part of the California Judicial branch. The Contra Costa County Superior Court handles all Richmond City legal proceedings and provides the public with criminal court records, civil court case records, family court records, and more.

Locations of Courts in Richmond City

Contra Costa County Superior Court - Richmond
George D. Carroll Courthouse
100 37th Street,
Richmond, CA 94805
Phone: (925) 608-1000

Are Richmond City Court Records Public?

Most court records are open to the public. Court records marked as confidential are not open for general viewership. Examples of legally restricted court records include:

  • Child custody cases;
  • Juvenile criminal cases (when law enforcement charge a minor for committing a crime);
  • Juvenile dependency cases (involving parent-child separation);
  • Civil harassment cases;
  • Divorce court cases.

Can You Look Up a Richmond City Court Case Online?

Interested persons can access Richmond City court records through the Contra Costa County Superior Court’s public access site or Open Access page. Researchers will find information about hearing dates and the documents filed for civil, family, small claims, or probate cases. There is no criminal case information online.

How to Obtain Richmond City Civil Court Case Records

The Contra Costa County Superior Court allows interested persons to request Richmond City civil court case records. Individuals can find information on specific civil cases using the Superior Court’s public access site or Open Access page. To request copies of Richmond City civil court records, interested persons must complete a court record request form and send it to the Clerk of Courts in person or by mail. The form requires applicants to provide the following details:

  • Case number;
  • Case Name/Caption;

The Clerk’s office accepts requests for records between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If the requester cannot find the case ID online, they must pay $15 for a search. The cost of copying court records is fifty cents per page, and certification costs $40 per document.

Contra Costa County Superior Court - Richmond
George D. Carroll Courthouse
100 37th Street,
Richmond, CA 94805

If applying by mail, requesters must attach a check or money order, made payable to the Superior Court. If the applicant does not know how much the request will come to, they may write “Not to exceed $100” on the check or money order. The Clerk’s office will write out the proper figure and include a receipt when returning the requested record. The requester must also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Contra Costa County Court Records
725 Court Street,
PO. Box 911,
Martinez, CA 94553

How to Obtain Richmond City Criminal Court Records

The Contra Costa County Superior Court allows interested persons to request Richmond City criminal court records. Individuals can find information on criminal court records online, using the Superior Court’s public access site or Open Access page. To find and request copies of Richmond City criminal court records, interested persons must complete a criminal records search request form and a criminal record copy request form and submit both forms to the Clerk of Courts in person or by mail.

The Clerk’s office accepts requests for criminal records between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Records searches cost $15, copying criminal records cost fifty cents per page, and certification costs $40 per document. There is also a service fee of 2.99% added to each docket number requested.

Contra Costa County Superior Court - Richmond
George D. Carroll Courthouse
100 37th Street,
Richmond, CA 94805

If applying by mail, requesters must attach a check or money order, made payable to the Superior Court. If the applicant does not know how much the request will come to, they may write “Not to exceed $100” on the check or money order. The Clerk’s office will write out the proper figure and include a receipt when returning the requested record. The requester must also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Contra Costa County Court Records
725 Court Street,
PO. Box 911,
Martinez, CA 94553

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What are Richmond City Vital Records?

In Richmond City, vital records refer to the official documents that city employees create, containing essential life events among the city’s residents. These include records of births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Richmond City makes certain vital records - such as divorce records - available to the public. However, other Richmond City vital records are only available to authorized parties such as the record bearer, their immediate family members, or legal representatives. In Richmond City, interested or eligible persons may get vital records by visiting the custodian agency.

Where and How to Obtain Salinas City Divorce Records

The Contra Costa County Superior Court allows interested persons to request copies of Richmond City divorce decrees. Individuals can find divorce case information online. To find and request copies of Richmond City divorce records, interested persons must apply to the Clerk of Courts in person or by mail.

For in-person requests, interested persons may visit the Clerk’s office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and provide the following details:

  • Case number;
  • Any additional information available that may expedite the record search

If the requester does not know the case number, the clerk will charge $15 for a search. Copies of Richmond City divorce records cost $15 per document, including certification.

Contra Costa County Superior Court - Richmond
George D. Carroll Courthouse
100 37th Street,
Richmond, CA 94805

If applying by mail, requesters must fill a Court Records – Mail Request form and attach a check or money order, made payable to the Superior Court. If the applicant does not know how much the request will come to, they may write “Not to exceed $75” on the check or money. The Clerk’s office will write out the proper figure and include a receipt when returning the requested record. The requester must also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Contra Costa County Court Records
725 Court Street,
PO. Box 911,
Martinez, CA 94553

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Richmond City

The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s office allows eligible persons to obtain certified copies of Richmond City marriage certificates. Eligible parties include:

  • The couple
  • The couples’ immediate family members
  • The couples’ legal representatives
  • Anyone with a court order

Eligible parties may order certified copies of Richmond City marriage certificates online - through a third-party provider - or by mail. Applicants must provide the following information:

  • The married couple’s names
  • The marriage date

Certified copies of Salinas City marriage records cost $19. To order certified copies of marriage certificates by mail, applicants must complete a marriage certificate request form and have it notarized. Requesters must attach a money order for the appropriate sum to the notarized application form and send the complete package to:

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Where and How to Get Public Marriage Records in Richmond City

The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s office allows interested persons to obtain informal copies of Richmond City marriage certificates. The public may order public copies of Richmond City marriage certificates online - through a third-party provider - or by mail. Public copies of marriage certificates will bear the words “Informational, Not a valid document to establish Identity” on them. Applicants must provide the following information:

  • The married couple’s names
  • The marriage date

Public copies of Salinas City marriage records cost $19.

To order public copies of marriage certificates by mail, applicants must complete a marriage certificate request form. Requesters must attach a money order for the appropriate sum to the application form and send the complete package to:

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Where and How to Find Richmond City Birth Records

The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s office allows interested persons to obtain certified or informal copies of Richmond City birth certificates. The only persons that can request certified copies of birth certificates include:

  • The registrant (above 18 years old);
  • The parents named on the record;
  • The registrant’s spouse;
  • The registrant’s immediate family members;
  • The registrant’s legal representatives;
  • Anyone with a court order to obtain the record

Interested and eligible persons may order public copies of Richmond City birth certificates online - through a third-party provider - or by mail. Both certified and public copies of Salinas City death records cost $32 for the general public or $19 for government agencies.

To order certified copies of birth certificates by mail, applicants must complete a birth certificate request form and have it notarized. If requesting a public birth certificate, applicants do not need to have the form notarized. Requesters must attach a money order for the appropriate sum to the application form and send the complete package to:

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Where and How to Find Richmond City Death Records

The Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s office allows interested persons to obtain certified or informal copies of Richmond City death certificates. The only persons that can request certified copies of death certificates include:

  • The decedent’s spouse;
  • The decedent’s immediate family members;
  • The decedent’s legal representatives;
  • Anyone with a court order to obtain the record

Interested and eligible persons may order public copies of Richmond City death certificates online - through a third-party provider - or by mail. Both certified and public copies of Salinas City death records cost $25 for the general public or $21 for government agencies.

To order certified copies of birth certificates by mail, applicants must complete a death certificate request form and have it notarized. If requesting a public death certificate, applicants do not need to have the form notarized. Requesters must attach a money order for the appropriate sum to the application form and send the complete package to:

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553