Los Angeles County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Arrest records for Los Angeles County are available at the county sheriff’s office located at 4700 Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Note that in accordance with Sections 6250 and 6254 of the California General Code, the sheriff’s office can only provide access to arrest records to law enforcement and regulatory agencies, victims of reported crimes, and certain employers and private agencies. Requesting this information attracts a $23 charge payable to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). This is a non-refundable fee.
To request records of personal arrests, individuals involved should visit the Police Administration Building at 100 West 1st St, Room PI-137, Los Angeles during business hours from Monday to Friday. The county’s law enforcement agency charges a fee of $16 for access to charge files, dispositions, and dates of arrests. It is also possible to request this information by mail. Simply send a formal search request to Los Angeles Police Department at P.O. Box 30158, Los Angeles, California 90030. This request must include a full set of fingerprints on a standard fingerprint card, personal mailing address, and the sum of $16 paid in check or money order.
Crime statistics for Los Angeles County show that there were 77,362 reported crimes in 2016, the last year with a complete record. Compared to the 2012 statistics for the county, this figure represents a 5% rise in crime rate in the county over 5 years. Larceny was the most reported crime in 2016 with 35,928 incidences. This is followed by burglary and grand theft auto with 13,072 and 12,819 incidents respectively. There were 227 homicides, 845 rapes, 4,756 robberies, 9,134 aggravated assaults, and 581 cases of arson in LA county in that year.
Police reports provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office show that aggravated assault had the highest number of arrests with 5,175 adult and juvenile arrests. Larceny and grand theft auto came second and third with 4,170 and 2,129 arrests respectively. Arson recorded the smallest number of arrests with 82 incidents while there were 139, 115, 1,450, and 1,794 total arrests for homicide, rape, robbery, and burglary respectively.
Compared to 2012 arrest records, there was less homicide (20%), rape (20%), robbery (19%), and burglary (64%) arrests in 2016. Aggravated assault (4%), larceny (8%), grand theft auto (57%), and arson (39%) arrests increased over the same period.
Pursuant to the provisions of California’s Megan’s Law enacted in the 1996 Penal Code § 290.46, the California Department of Justice maintains a registry of sex offenders in the state. Anyone can search this database on the state’s Megan’s Law website. The homepage allows visitors to search for sex offenders by name and by address. To see all sex offenders registered in Los Angeles County, head to the search page and select Los Angeles from the County drop-down menu.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provides an inmate lookup tool on its website. Visitors can use the search tool to find where inmates are located by specifying their first and last names. The Sheriff’s Department also accepts calls regarding inmate location and custody questions. Its phone number is (213) 473-6100.
The Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County keeps all court records for the county. These are accessible at the Archives and Records Center located at Room 212, 222 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA. This office is open from Monday to Friday during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Its telephone number is (213) 830-0198. Calls will be answered from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Archives and Records Center holds court records for civil, family law, probate, criminal felony, and juvenile cases filed between 1910 and 2004. For records after 2004, visit the Los Angeles County court where the case was filed. Enquirers can also mail requests to the address of the Archives and Records Center. Include the appropriate fees with mailed requests as checks payable to the Los Angeles Supreme Court. The court charges 50 cents per page for copies of records. There’s an additional $25 charge per document for record certification. Certified copies of final divorce judgments attract a $10 fee per document for public agencies and $15 for others.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk keeps birth, adoption, death, marriage, property, real estate, and military discharge records for the county. To view any of these records, visit the Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk located at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk, CA. The office is open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday except on public holidays.
To obtain certified vital records, save time by completing an online application at the County Clerk’s website. Note that the Registrar-Recorder does not provide these records online. They’re available in-person and by mail. However, even mailed copies require coming to the office for payments. The County Clerk charges non-refundable fees of $28, $21, and $15 for birth, death, and marriage records. It accepts payments in cash, check, money order, and credit/debit cards.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk also allows the public to search for real estate records in-person at its address. Real estate searches are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday as well as between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. The County Clerk also accepts written requests. Mail these to the Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk located at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk, CA. Certified copies of real estate records attract a fee of $6 for the first page and $3 for each additional page. Payments for mailed requests should be made by check or money order.
For military discharge records, the Registrar-Recorder accepts in-personal, mail, and fax requests. Visit 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk, CA for an in-person request or mail a request to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Real Estate Records P.O. Box 1130, Norwalk, CA 90651-1130
Send fax requests to (562) 864-1250. The County Clerk charges $6 and $5 for the first pages of certified and plain copies respectively. Each additional page attracts a fee of $3. Include a minimum search fee of $1 (50 cents per name per year) and $18.50 for expedited reply via UPS. The office accepts cash, money order, check, and credit/debit cards (extra $1.75 handling fee) for in-person requests. Only credit card payments are accepted for faxed requests while mailed requests are payable with check and money order.