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Torrance Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What Are Torrance City Public Records?

Torrance City Public Records include any information created, used, or stored by government officials - unless legally restricted from general viewership. Torrance City public records can take multiple forms. They may be typewritten or handwritten documents, audio or video recordings, transcripts of official conversations, and any other information that users can transmit digitally. However, the CPRA restricts specific sections of public records from general viewership if they contain:

  • Private personal information that violates personal privacy
  • Information on pending litigation (attorney work product)
  • Information related to an ongoing law enforcement investigation
  • Preliminary drafts or notes
  • Confidential information
  • Taxpayer information and private financial data

Torrance City Crime Statistics

The Torrance City Police Department collates records of crimes and arrests and uses those records to generate statistical reports on crime trends. It makes those reports publicly available through weekly crime logs and a crime map. It also forwards its data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for inclusion in their Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) and California Crime Index programs. A 2015 report revealed that the TCPD made 3,095 arrests among the city’s 149,243 residents. There were more property crimes (2,881) than violent crimes (214), with larceny-theft (2,024) being the most common property crime. Among violent crimes, there were two murders, 34 rape cases, 85 robberies, and 93 cases of aggravated assault.

Over five years, the city’s population reduced by 2.7%, while the number of crimes increased by 1.22%. In 2019, property crimes decreased by 0.97%, and larceny-theft cases increased by 6.77%. Also, there were 26.1% fewer burglaries among property crimes and 7.5% fewer vehicular theft cases. Arson-related arrests, however, went up by 200% in the period.

Are Torrance City Criminal Records Public?

Per California’s laws, some - not all - Torrance City criminal records are open to public viewership. For example, the California Department of Justice provides criminal background records. Still, it makes them available only to specific employers like child care providers, private security firms, law enforcement agencies, and public utility companies. Similarly, individuals cannot request another person’s arrest or criminal record from the Torrance City Police Department. The only individuals allowed to request criminal records are the record subjects or the victims of the crime.

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

The TCPD’s Records Unit aids the general public to gain access to necessary records. The public may access various police reports. To obtain traffic accident or crime reports, the requester must be a party to or victim of the accident or crime. Eligible and interested persons may request police reports online through a third-party service. They may also request reports in-person or by mail.

For in-person requests, applicants must complete a records request form and submit it to the Records Unit anytime between 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Requesters must provide a valid photo ID. The cost of police reports is $1 per copy, payable by cash (the Records Unit will not accept $100 bills), check, or money order. Make requests in person at:

Records Division
Torrance Police Department
3300 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503

For mail-in requests, applicants must complete the records request form and attach a copy of a valid photo ID, a check or money order made payable to the City of Torrance, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mail request to:

Torrance Police Department
Attn: Records Division
3300 Civic Center Drive.
Torrance, CA 90503-5056

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Torrance City

The California Department of Justice mandates all convicted sex offenders to register their current details with local law enforcement and makes those details available on its Sex Offender Registry. Interested persons may query this registry to find general information on registered sex offenders that live in Torrance City and other sections of the state. Individuals looking to get Torrance City sex offender information can search the state registry for their names, known aliases, photographs, physical descriptions, and home or work addresses. Researchers can also look through particular zip codes to find sex offenders within one specific area and use the site’s mapping feature to find offenders within the proximity of schools, churches, or local parks.

How to Find Torrance City Inmate Records

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office maintains a log of all persons detained in its prison system and makes that log available online for a public query. Interested persons using this tool may locate inmates by providing their first and last names. They can also call the Sheriff’s Department on (213) 473-6100 to inquire about inmates’ location in custody.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Torrance City Jail?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office allows inmates to receive visits from family and friends according to the following schedule:

Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Potential visitors must use the Sheriff Department’s online portal to schedule and manage upcoming visits with inmates. Walk-in visits are also possible but are subject to availability on a first-come, first-serve basis. All scheduled visitors must arrive at the facility one hour before the scheduled appointment for registration. Scheduled visitors must bring their visit confirmation number and a valid government-issued photo ID and store all personal items in the lockers before queuing outside the visiting area.

Children may accompany visiting adults and must present a valid birth certificate to establish their identity. All visitors must dress comfortably but conservatively. The prison administration expects visitors to wear well-fitting clothing and will not allow visitors to enter the facility if they arrive wearing any of the following:

  • Revealing shorts
  • Halter tops
  • Bathing suits
  • See-through garments of any type
  • Crop tops
  • Low-cut blouses or dresses
  • Leotards
  • Spandex
  • Miniskirts
  • Backless tops
  • Hats or caps
  • Sleeveless garments
  • Skirts two inches or more above the knee
  • Dresses or skirts with a high-cut split
  • Clothing that resembles inmate clothing

Visitors must exhibit decent and orderly behavior and may not carry any of the following into the facility:

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

Torrance City Court Records

The Los Angeles County Superior Court, a part of the California Judicial Branch, is responsible for all legal proceedings in Torrance City. The Southwest District Courthouse hears all civil, criminal, family law, and traffic cases and provides public access to Torrance City court records of the same nature.

Locations of Courts in Torrance City

Los Angeles County Superior Court - Southwest District
Torrance Courthouse
825 Maple Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 787-3697 (Civil)
Fax: (562) 637-0731 (Civil)
Phone: (310) 787-3698 (Criminal)
Phone: (310) 787-3697 (Family Law)
Phone: (310) 787-3699 (Traffic)

Are Torrance City Court Records Public?

Per the California Public Records Act, not all Torrance City court records are in the public domain. The law restricts public access to confidential court records. Examples of closed Torrance City 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 Lou Look Up a Torrance City Court Case Online?

Most non-confidential Torrance City court records are available online. The Los Angeles County Superior Court allows interested persons to view them through its Online Services Page. Persons interested in obtaining Torrance City court records may query this portal for criminal court case notes, civil court case notes, and other non-confidential court records.

How to Obtain Torrance City Civil Court Case Records

The Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk provides the public with access to non-confidential Torrance City civil court case records. Interested persons may obtain these records online, in-person, or by mail. The Court Clerk provides online access to civil court records from 1983 to the present through its Online Services Page, on which requesters may choose to sign-up or search for documents as a guest. The portal charges guest users $4.75 per name search and charges registered users - per name search - according to the following fee schedule:

  • Search number 1 to 10: $1
  • Search number 11 to 99: $4.75
  • Search number 100 to 999: $4.50
  • Search number 1000 to 10000: $4.25
  • Search number 10001 and above: $4

Individuals interested in Torrance City civil court records from before 1983 may query the Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk in person or by mail. The Archives and Records Center holds civil court records filed between 1910 and 2004 and is open from Monday to Friday during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). In-person requesters can also obtain civil court records from 2004 to the present from the Southwest District Courthouse. Requesters must pay 50 cents per page for copies of records and an additional $25 per document for record certification.

For mail-in requests, requesters must write to the Archives and Records Center or the Southwest District Courthouse. Applicants must include the appropriate fees in a money order or check payable to the Los Angeles Supreme Court.

Los Angeles County Superior Court
Archives and Records Center
222 North Hill Street,
Room 212,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Los Angeles County Superior Court - Southwest District
Torrance Courthouse
825 Maple Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 787-3697 (Civil)
Fax: (562) 637-0731 (Civil)

How to Obtain Torrance City Criminal Court Records

The Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk provides the public with access to non-confidential Torrance City criminal court records. Interested persons may obtain these records online, in-person, or by mail. The Court Clerk provides online access to criminal court records from 1983 to the present through its Online Services Page, on which requesters may choose to sign-up or search for documents as a guest. The portal charges guest users $4.75 per name search and charges registered users - per name search - according to the following fee schedule:

  • Search number 1 to 10: $1
  • Search number 11 to 99: $4.75
  • Search number 100 to 999: $4.50
  • Search number 1000 to 10000: $4.25
  • Search number 10001 and above: $4

Individuals interested in Torrance City criminal court records from before 1983 may query the Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk in person or by mail. The Archives and Records Center holds criminal court records filed between 1910 and 2004 and is open from Monday to Friday during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). In-person requesters can also obtain criminal court records from 2004 to the present from the Southwest District Courthouse. Requesters must pay 50 cents per page for copies of records and an additional $25 per document for record certification.

For mail-in requests, requesters must write to the Archives and Records Center or the Southwest District Courthouse. Applicants must include the appropriate fees in a money order or check payable to the Los Angeles Supreme Court.

Los Angeles County Superior Court
Archives and Records Center
222 North Hill Street,
Room 212,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Los Angeles County Superior Court - Southwest District
Torrance Courthouse
825 Maple Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 787-3698 (Criminal)

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What Are Torrance City Vital Records?

Torrance City vital records are official documents that officials generate to record life events like births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. While some vital records, like divorce decrees, are publicly available, access to some - such as birth and death records - are restricted to eligible persons. To obtain Torrance City vital records, requesters must query the local custodian agency or department.

Where and How to Obtain Torrance City Divorce Records

Through its Archives and Records Center (ARC), the Los Angeles County Superior Court Clerk provides the public with access to certified copies of Torrance City divorce records. The ARC allows interested persons to obtain copies of divorce records online, through the Court Document Order System, in person, or by mail. To order copies of Torrance City divorce records through the Court Document Order System, requesters must provide the case number, accessible on the public case access page. The fee for obtaining copies of divorce records is fifty cents per page, while certification costs $15 per document.

For in-person requests, interested persons may visit the Archives and Records Center anytime from Monday to Friday during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Requesters must provide the following information:

  • The divorcees’ names
  • The case number (if known)
  • The approximate divorce date

For mail-in requests, applicants must include the above details in their correspondence, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check made payable to “Los Angeles Superior Court.” If unsure of the fee to cover the order, the applicant must write “Not to Exceed $x.xx” written on the check’s memo line. A rule of thumb is to write an amount that exceeds the expected cost of the order.

Archives and Records Center
222 North Hill Street,
Room 212,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Torrance City

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk maintains the county’s marriage register and provides certified copies of authorized Torrance City marriage records to interested persons. Requesters may order copies of Torrance City marriage certificates through the Clerk’s vital records request page. Once received, the Clerk’s office will return the requested documents by mail. Interested persons may also request copies of marriage records in person. In-person requesters may obtain copies of marriage records from 1995 to the present on the same day but must wait to receive records from 1852 - 1994 by mail. Requesters must visit the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office anytime from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., bearing proof of eligibility and the following information:

  • The married couple’s names
  • The marriage date
  • Any additional information available that may expedite the record search

The fee for copies of authorized marriage certificates is $15 per copy.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650

Where and How to Get Public Marriage Records in Torrance City

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk maintains the county’s marriage register and provides certified copies of informal Torrance City marriage records to interested persons. Requesters may order copies of Torrance City marriage certificates through the Clerk’s vital records request page. Once received, the Clerk’s office will return the requested documents by mail. Interested persons may also request copies of informal marriage certificates in person. In-person requesters may obtain copies of marriage records from 1995 to the present on the same day but must wait to receive records from 1852 - 1994 by mail. Requesters must visit the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office anytime from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., bearing the following information:

  • The married couple’s names
  • The marriage date
  • Any additional information available that may expedite the record search

The fee for copies of informal marriage certificates is $15 per copy. Informal copies of marriage certificates will have the words “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” printed.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650

Where and How to Find Torrance City Birth Records

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk maintains the county’s birth register and provides certified copies of authorized and informal Torrance City birth records. Certified copies of authorized Torrance City birth certificates are only available to the following persons:

  • 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

Certified copies of informal birth certificates are publicly available but will have the words “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” printed.

Requesters may order copies of authorized or informal Torrance City birth certificates through the Clerk’s vital records request page. Once received, the Clerk’s office will return the requested documents by mail. Interested persons may also request copies of authorized or informal birth certificates in person. Requesters may visit the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office anytime from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Persons ordering certified copies of authorized birth certificates must provide proof of eligibility.

The fee for copies of informal and authorized birth certificates is $28 per copy.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650

Where and How to Find Torrance City Death Records

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk maintains the county’s death register and provides certified copies of authorized and informal Torrance City death records. Certified copies of authorized Torrance City death certificates are only available to the following persons:

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

Certified copies of informal death certificates are publicly available but will have the words “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” printed.

Requesters may order copies of authorized or informal Torrance City death certificates through the Clerk’s vital records request page. Once received, the Clerk’s office will return the requested documents by mail. Interested persons may also request copies of authorized or informal death certificates in person. Requesters may visit the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office anytime from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Persons ordering certified copies of authorized death certificates must provide proof of eligibility.

The fee for copies of informal and authorized death certificates is $21 per copy.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650