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Marin County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Marin County Public Records?

Under the California Public Records Act, public records are information owned, maintained, used, or prepared by a public agency or government body in the exercise of official public functions. Records that fit this description are public records irrespective of whatever form they may be in. However, not all records will be accessible by the general public. Examples of restricted public records include

  • Medical records
  • Active criminal investigation reports
  • Information on family child care providers
  • Records of pending litigation where a public agency is a party

Marin County Crime Statistics

The Federal Bureau of Investigation provides access to Marin County crime statistics using the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. In 2019, Marin County recorded 63 violent crimes. There were 45 aggravated assaults, 12 robberies, and 5 rape incidences. The lowest recorded violent crime was the solitary murder recorded in the year. Property crimes recorded within this period include a singular arson occurrence, 4 motor vehicle thefts, and 143 burglaries. The most rampant property crime recorded in the County was Larceny theft with 591 recorded cases.

Are Marin County Criminal Records Public?

The California Department of Justice and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office maintain Marin County criminal records. Under the CPRA only authorized agencies or law enforcement agencies with legitimate interests can access criminal records. Interested persons may obtain access to personal criminal records but will not be given access to the records of others. To obtain a personal criminal record, a fingerprint image must be submitted alongside a fee of $25 to the Department of Justice.

How to Obtain Marin County Police Reports and Arrest Records?

Marin County arrest records and police reports are maintained by the Marin County Sheriff. Interested members of the public may access accident reports, case updates not restricted under law, and arrest records. Records are maintained by the record division of the Sheriff’s Office. Interested persons may contact the department in person, over the phone, or by email. Visit the office in person on weekdays between 8 00 a.m.and 5 00 p.m. or at

Records Division
1600 Los Gamos Dr. #200
San Rafael, CA 94903
P (415) 473-7284
Email: SOrecords@marinsheriff.org

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Marin County

Information on registered sex offenders in Marin County may be found using the state maintained Meghan’s Law Website. Interested persons may search for offenders by:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Zip code
  • County

Users may also find offenders using a registered mobile device linked to the offender.

How to Find Marin County Inmate Records

The Marin County Sheriff provides online access to information on inmates currently incarcerated within the county jail through its public booking log. Interested persons may find records on inmates booked within the preceding 48 hours and are still in custody as well. Alternatively, information on inmates in the county jail may be obtained by calling the county jail at (415) 473-7316. Using either of these methods requesters may obtain information on the date of arrest, bail conditions, inmate’s full name, sex date of birth, etc.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Marin County Jail?

Visitors to inmates at the Marin County jail must schedule visits at least 24 hours before the proposed visit. Book visits using the kiosks provided at the jail lobby, the online portal, or by downloading the GTL Vismobile App on an Android device. Inmates are permitted one on-site visit of 30 minutes per day and one 25 minute video visit per day. Visits must be according to the permitted schedule:

  • Weekdays - 9:00 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
  • Weekends - 9:00 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m.

Visitors must present a valid photo ID when visiting. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and must present a valid school, state ID, or passport. Visit the jail at

Marin County Civic Center
13 Peter Behr Dr, San Rafael,
CA 94903, United States

Court Records

The Marin County Court system is a unified one and comprises the Marin County Superior Court. The Superior Court is divided into various divisions that handle cases on civil, family, criminal, juvenile, and traffic issues.

Location of Court

Marin County Superior Court
3501 Civic Center Drive, P.O. Box 4988
San Rafael, CA 94913
Phone: (415) 444-7000
Phone: (415) 444-7040 (Civil/Family/Probate)
Phone: (415) 444-7070 (Criminal)
Phone: (415) 444-7045 (Juvenile)
Phone: (415) 444-7051 (Small Claims)
Phone: (415) 444-7180 (Traffic)

Are Marin County Court Records Public?

In compliance with the California Public Records Act Marin County court records may be accessed by any member of the public. The law however specifies some exemptions. These include cases where a public agency is a party, cases involving a juvenile, or cases where the release of the records might do damage to an investigation.

How to Obtain Marin County Civil Court Case Records

Marin County Civil court case records are available from the county Superior Court. Interested persons may gain access to court dockets, rulings, judgments, and case files. Civil case records from 1970 till the present may be obtained using the Marin County Superior Court Public Index. Users may find civil court records by providing the case number, case name, case type, or party name. Requesters may also obtain records by calling, emailing, or visiting the records division of the court in person at

Room 113, 3501 Civic Center Drive,
San Rafael CA
Phone: (415) 444-7040
Email:civil@marincourt.org

Interested persons may also send a completed application form to

Marin County Superior Court
P.O. Box 4988 San Rafael, CA 94903
Attn: Court Records

Note that the court may charge a fee for records.

How to Obtain Marin County Criminal Court Records

Marin County criminal court records are accessible using the Marin County Superior Court Public Index. Interested persons may gain access to criminal court records by providing one of

  • The case number
  • First name, middle name, or last name
  • Case type
  • Disposition
  • Date filed
  • Disposition date

Requests may also be made to the Superior Court in person, through the mail, or by email. Send a completed application form to the records division of the court at

Marin County Superior Court
P.O. Box 4988 San Rafael, CA 94903
Attn: Court Records

Or

Room 113, 3501 Civic Center Drive,
San Rafael CA
Phone: (415) 444-7040
Email:civil@marincourt.org

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are Marin County Vital Records?

Marin County vital records are officially recorded information on important life events within the county. Vital records include records of births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Records are maintained at both the state and county levels.

Where and How to Obtain Marin County Divorce Records

Marin County divorce records are obtainable at the Marin County Superior Court and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Contact the records division of the Marin County Superior Court in person, between 8 00 a.m. and 4 00 p.m., or send a request to the records division. Applications may be made to

Marin County Superior Court
P.O. Box 4988 San Rafael, CA 94903
Attn: Court Records

A certificate of record for divorces that occurred between 1962 and June 1984 may be obtained from the CDPH. Although not the divorce decree, the certificate provides information on the divorce such as the name of the parties, date of filing, county, and case number. Requests for divorce records from the CDPH should be made by post. Send a completed application form (also available in Spanish) and a check or money order of $14 to

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

OR

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
1501 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814

Where and How to Get Public Marin County Marriage Records

Marin County marriage records are available through the Marin County Recorder/Clerk or the California Department of Health (CDPH). Authorized or informational copies are issued depending on the person requesting the record. Any member of the public may obtain Informational copies. To obtain an authorized copy, the requester must be

  • Either of the parties to the marriage
  • Child, sibling, grandparent of either party
  • A parent or legal guardian to either of the parties
  • Spouse, grandchild, or domestic partner of either party
  • Member of a law enforcement agency or other government agency in the exercise of its official function
  • An attorney representing either of the parties or their estate.

Interested persons may obtain vital records using the Marin County Recorder Document order platform or in person. The document reference number, required to make a request using the document order platform may be obtained by searching the recorder's official documents. Requested records will be sent through email or U.S mail. Marriage records may also be obtained in person by visiting the copy center public counter. Marriage records from the county recorder cost $4 for the first page and $2 for each additional page. Visit in person at

Marin County Recorder
3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 232, San Rafael CA 94903

Marin County marriage records from July 1905 to 2000 and 2008 till present are available at the CDPH. A completed application form (also available in Spanish) should be sent by mail alongside a money order or check for $15 to

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Applications for authorized copies must be accompanied by a notarized statement.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Marin County

Confidential marriage records in Marin County are only available at the office of the County Recorder/clerk. Only the parties to the marriage may access the records by visiting the recorder in person or sending in a request to

Marin County Recorder
3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 232, San Rafael CA 94903
(415) 473-6395
Recorder@marincounty.org

Where and How to Find Marin County Birth Records

Marin County birth records may be obtained from the CDPH or the Marin County Recorder/clerk. Issued records may be authorized copies or informational copies. Informational copies are available to any member of the public. Authorized copies can only be obtained by

  • The registrant
  • A parent or legal guardian to either of the registrant
  • Child, sibling, grandparent of the registrant
  • Spouse, grandchild, or domestic partner of the registrant
  • Law enforcement agency in the exercise of its official function
  • An attorney representing the registrant or their estate.

Birth records from the County Recorder are available in person or through the mail. A completed request form and the required fee of $25 should be taken to the recorder’s office in person or sent to

Marin County Recorder
P.O. Box C
San Rafael, CA 94913

From the CDPH, Interested persons may send a completed application form (available in Spanish) along with the appropriate fee of $15 to

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

OR

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
1501 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814

Applications for authorized copies should be notarized.

Where and How to Find Marin County Death Records

Issued Marin County Death records may either be authorized or informational copies. Informational copies are obtainable by any member of the public while authorized copies are only available to one of the following:

  • Parent of the registrant
  • Legal guardian
  • Child
  • Grandchild
  • Grandparent
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Law enforcement agency in the exercise of its official function
  • An attorney representing either of the parties or their estate

Death records from the CDPH cost $21. Applicants may send a completed application form (available in Spanish) to the CDPH at

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

OR

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
1501 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814

Death records are also obtainable from the Marin County Recorder/Clerk for $21. A completed Request form may be brought to the County Recorder’s office in person or sent to the County recorder alongside a money order or check for the required fee to

Marin County Recorder
P.O. Box C
San Rafael, CA 94913

Note that applications for authorized copies must be notarized.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Marin County?

California's public record act grants open access to property records of Marin County. Anyone interested in inspecting or obtaining copies of Marin County property records can do so by submitting a request to the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s office.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Marin County

The Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s Office has the responsibility of overseeing the recording and maintenance of property documents in Marin County. It also issues certified copies of property ownership and encumbrance-related documents. Requesters may have to pay fees to access the documents maintained by the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s Office. People can obtain property documents recorded since February 1973 on the website of the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s office. However, to obtain copies of records filed before 1973, requesters can visit the physical office of the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s Office between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Mondays to Fridays at:

Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

How to Look Up Marin County Property Records

The Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s Office is responsible for overseeing the valuation of taxable real estate properties in Marin County. The office also makes the property records of Marin County available to the public through the online database maintained on its website. Anyone can conduct searches for property records on the online platform using the book and page number, property owner’s name, document number, and document title. Requesters can find property documents recorded since February 1973 on the portal. Copies of records filed before 1973 are only available at the physical office of the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s office at:

Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903.
Phone: (415) 473-7215
(415) 473-7208

The Assessor-Recorder-Clerk office is open to the public between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m; on weekdays. The office of the Assessor also maintains the Parcel Map of properties. The Parcel Map delineates and identifies all properties in Marin County. Interested people can view the Map on the Marin County Assessor-Recorder- County Clerk website. To view the Map online, requesters may have to provide their eight-digit parcel number. People can locate their parcel numbers on their valuation notice, tax bill, or deed.

Location of Marin County Township Property Assessors

Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903.
Phone: (415) 473-7215
(415) 473-7208