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Salinas Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Salinas City Public Records?

According to the CPRA, Salinas City public records refer to all information generated, organized, used, or stored by Salinas City government officials or employees. These may also consist of written, typed, or audio recordings, photographs, videotapes, or other digitally transmittable documents. Salinas City public records may be available in the city, or maintained at the county or state level and are publicly available unless legally exempt from public view. According to state statutes, officials may mark certain parts of a public record as confidential if the document contains:

  • Information that would constitute a violation of personal privacy if released
  • The details of an ongoing court case
  • The details of an ongoing law enforcement investigation
  • Government employee’s private details
  • Confidential government information
  • Preliminary drafts or notes
  • Taxpayer information and private financial data

Salinas City Crime Statistics

The Salinas Police Department collates crime and arrest reports throughout the city through its Crime Statistic Unit. It forwards monthly and annual report summaries to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. It also makes the reports freely available on its Crime Statistics Page.

An analysis of its 2019 report showed that city law enforcement officers made 5,576 arrests throughout the year. These arrests comprised eight murders, 65 rape cases, 241 robberies, and 467 cases of aggravated assault. With 1,709 reports, larceny-theft was the most recurrent crime in 2019, followed closely by non-aggravated assault with 1,236 cases.

Comparing the 2019 report with the previous year, Salinas City experienced a 14.83% reduction in total crimes from 2018 to 2019. Murders dropped by 57.8%, while non-aggravated assault cases rose by 0.4%. Larceny-theft was the most recurrent crime in 2018 as well, and it fell by 21.6% through 2019. Vehicular theft reduced by 11.89%, while total robberies increased by 9%.

Are Salinas City Criminal Records Public?

According to state laws, some Salinas City criminal records are publicly available, while some are available only to eligible parties. For instance, only record subjects and specific employers - such as child care companies, public utility companies, private security companies, and law enforcement agencies - have the right to request the criminal history records from the California Department of Justice or Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

For statewide criminal records compiled by the DOJ, submit the filled Request for Live Scan Service Form, along with proof of identification, $25 DOJ processing fees, and fingerprint rolling fees to Live Scan Sites. Checks are fingerprint-based and require valid government-issued identification.

For copies of local criminal records maintained by the County Sheriff, send completed request forms, fees, and valid identification to:

1414 Natividad Road,
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone: (831) 755-3722

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Records Unit of the Salinas Police Department and Monterey County Sheriff’s Office maintain and provide public access to Salinas City arrest records, incident reports, clearance letters, and other police reports. Interested people may find information about the department’s daily arrests by visiting its Daily Patrol Log (Police, Sheriff). This log provides a weekly summary of crimes and arrests, showing the case number, the date and time, the location, the arresting officer, and the charges brought against the arrested persons. However, individuals cannot use Salinas arrest records as proof of criminal involvement.

Interested persons may also obtain public Salinas City police records by calling or visiting the Salinas City Police Department’s Records Unit in person. The department is open twenty-four hours a day at:

Salinas Police Department
Records Unit
312 E Alisal Street,
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 758-7090

For records maintained by the Sheriff’s Office, send in-person, online, or mailed requests to the Records Division located at:

1414 Natividad Road,
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone: (831) 755-3722

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Salinas City

Anyone looking to get Salinas City sex offender information may search the California Department of Justice’s Sex Offender Registry. This registry offers researchers available details on convicted sex offenders who live and work in Salinas City and the state in general. Interested persons may search for registered sex offenders by name, known aliases, and address. Users may also search for specific areas like schools or parks to learn if a sex offender lives or works in the vicinity. The results returned will include the offender’s name (and known aliases), a physical description, mugshots, and the offender’s home or work address.

How to Find Salinas City Inmate Records

The Monterey County Jail is located in Salinas City and houses individuals incarcerated in Salinas City and the county in general. However, not all jail records are available online. Anyone looking to get Salinas City inmate records must query the Monterey County Sheriff’s Inmate Search page. The Monterey County Sheriff updates this database daily, and it provides the details of all individuals incarcerated in all correctional facilities around Monterey County. Researchers who query the page will find the following information:

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

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Salinas City Jail?

Family and friends of inmates in the Monterey County Jail may visit them at the following location:

1414 Natividad Road,
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone: (831) 755-3782

The jail permits inmates to receive one one-hour or two 30-minute visits weekly, according to their visitation schedule which varies according to the holding cell. The prison staff advises visitors to check-in 30 minutes before the inmate’s visiting hour to acquire their visit. Visitors must present a valid government-issued ID and are subject to screening before gaining entry. Not more than one adult and one child may visit the inmate per session, and the supervising adult must present proof of relationships such as guardianship papers or birth certificates.

Visitors must dress conservatively but comfortably, wearing proper-fitting shirts, pants, or dresses. Visitors may not wear any of the following to the Jail:

  • 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

Visitors can only take keys and valid identification into the facility and must avoid taking the following items:

  • Guns, knives, or any other weapon
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Money
  • Cell phones or cameras
  • Purses
  • Pen, papers, and pencils
  • Cigarettes and lighters
  • Pictures

Failure to keep these and other jail rules may lead to visit cancellation or citation.

Court Records

Salinas City Courts fall under the jurisdiction of the Monterey County Court, which is a part of the California Judicial branch. These courts provide access to records of criminal, traffic, civil, probate, or juvenile matters filed in courts located in the city.

Locations of Courts in Salinas City

Monterey County Superior Court - Salinas
240 Church Street,
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 775-5400

Monterey County Superior Court - Juvenile Delinquency Court
1422 Natividad Road,
Salinas, CA 93906
Phone: (831) 755-5400

Are Salinas City Court Records Public?

According to the CPRA, not all Salinas City court records are available to the public. However, the law restricts confidential court cases from public viewership. Some examples of publicly limited court cases 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 Salinas City Court Case Online?

The Monterey County Superior Court provides online access to non-confidential Salinas City court records through its Case Search Portal. Interested persons may visit this portal to view Salinas City criminal court case notes, civil court case notes, and other non-confidential court records.

How to Obtain Salinas City Civil Court Case Records

Interested persons may obtain Salinas City civil court case records from the Monterey County Superior Court. The court allows individuals to get these records online, in-person, or by mail. For online access to civil court records, interested persons may query the Monterey County Superior Court’s Case Search Portal. Individuals without access to computers may use public computers available at the County Superior Court Clerk’s office.

Interested persons may also obtain Salinas City civil court records by querying the Monterey County Superior Court Clerk’s office in person or by mail. The Clerk’s office accepts requests for records between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Clerk’s office will accept up to three record search requests at a time. Individuals who wish to conduct more than three searches will need to give the Clerk’s office seventy-two hours to provide feedback. To find a civil case record, requesters must provide the following details:

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

Record searches cost $15, copying documents costs fifty cents per page, and certifying court record copies cost $40 per record.

Monterey County Superior Court Clerk - Salinas
240 Church Street,
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 775-5400

For mail-in requests, interested persons must complete a Request for a Record Search or Copies form or write a letter with the above-stated information. Requesters must include a check for the applicable fees, made payable to the Superior Court. If the requester is unsure of the cost, they may write “Not to exceed $75” on the check. The Clerk’s office will fill in the appropriate amount and send a receipt with the requested record. The requester must also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to accommodate the copies.

Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
Attention: Records
1200 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93940

How to Obtain Salinas City Criminal Court Records

Interested persons may obtain Salinas City criminal court case records from the Monterey County Superior Court. The court allows individuals to get these records online, in person, or by mail. For online access to Salinas City criminal court records, interested persons may query the Monterey County Superior Court’s Case Search Portal. Individuals without access to computers may use public computers available at the County Superior Court Clerk’s office.

Interested persons may also obtain Salinas City criminal court records by querying the Monterey County Superior Court Clerk’s office in person or by mail. The Clerk’s office accepts requests for records between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Clerk’s office will accept up to three record search requests at a time. Individuals who wish to conduct more than three searches must complete the Request for Criminal File Examination and give the Clerk’s office seventy-two hours to provide feedback. To find a criminal case record, requesters must provide the following details:

  • Case number;
  • Full name(s), date of birth, driver’s license number;
  • Location and date of violation;
  • Any additional information available that may expedite the record search

Record searches cost $15, copying documents costs fifty cents per page, and certifying court record copies cost $40 per record.

Monterey County Superior Court Clerk - Salinas
240 Church Street,
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 775-5400

For mail-in requests, interested persons must complete a Request for a Record Search or Copies form or write a letter with the same information. Requesters must include a check for the applicable fees, made payable to the Superior Court. If the requester is unsure of the price, they may write “Not to exceed $200” on the check. The Clerk’s office will fill in the appropriate amount and send a receipt with the requested record. The requester must also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to accommodate the copies.

Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
Attention: Records
1200 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93940

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What are Salinas City Vital Records?

Salinas City vital records are official government-generated documents that contain recorded details of life events in the city, such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, and death certificates. While some vital records - like divorce records - are publicly available, some are available only to eligible parties like the registrant, their immediate family members, or legal representatives. Interested or eligible persons may obtain Salinas City vital records by querying the local custodian agency or department.

Where and How to Obtain Salinas City Divorce Records

Interested persons may obtain copies of Salinas City divorce decrees from the Monterey County Superior Court. The court allows individuals to get these records online, in-person, or by mail. For online viewing access to Salina City divorce records, interested persons may query the Monterey County Superior Court’s Case Search Portal. Individuals without access to computers may use public computers available at the County Superior Court Clerk’s office.

Interested persons may obtain copies of Salinas City divorce records by querying the Monterey County Superior Court Clerk’s office in person or by mail. The Clerk’s office accepts requests for records between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. To find a divorce record, requesters must provide the following details:

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

Record searches cost $15, copying documents costs fifty cents per page, and certifying court record copies cost $40 per record.

Monterey County Superior Court Clerk - Salinas
240 Church Street,
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 775-5400

For mail-in requests, interested persons must complete a Request for a Record Search or Copies form or write a letter with the following information:

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

Requesters must include a check for the applicable fees, made payable to the Superior Court. If the requester is unsure of the price, they may write “Not to exceed $75” on the check. The Clerk’s office will fill in the appropriate amount and send a receipt with the requested record. The requester must also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to accommodate the copies.

Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
Attention: Records
1200 Aguajito Road
Monterey, CA 93940

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Salinas City

The Monterey County Clerk-Recorder’s office accepts requests for certified copies of Salinas City marriage certificates. Interested persons may obtain copies online or by visiting the Recorder’s office in person from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. Requesters must provide the following information:

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

Certified copies of Salinas City marriage records cost $15 each and take two weeks to process if requested online.

Monterey County Recorder
Monterey County Government Center Administration Building
168 West Alisal Street,
1st Floor
Salinas, CA 93901

The Clerk-Recorder’s office also accepts mail-in requests. Requesters must complete a vital records application form and attach a replica of a valid government-issued ID. Requesters must also include a check for the applicable fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mail the completed package to:

Monterey County Recorder
P.O. Box 29
Salinas, CA 93902

Where and How to Get Public Marriage Records in Salinas City

The Monterey County Clerk-Recorder’s office accepts requests for informal copies of Salinas City marriage certificates. Public members may order copies online or by visiting the Recorder’s office in person from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Requesters must provide the following information:

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

Informal copies of marriage certificates will have the words “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” printed.

Informal copies of Salinas City marriage records cost $15 each and take two weeks to process if requested online.

Monterey County Recorder
Monterey County Government Center Administration Building
168 West Alisal Street,
1st Floor
Salinas, CA 93901

The Clerk-Recorder’s office also accepts mail-in requests. Requesters must complete a vital records application form and attach a replica of a valid government-issued ID. Requesters must also include a check for the applicable fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mail the completed package to:

Monterey County Recorder
P.O. Box 29
Salinas, CA 93902

Where and How to Find Salinas City Birth Records

The Monterey County Clerk-Recorder’s office accepts requests for certified and informal copies of Salinas City birth certificates. Certified copies of birth certificates are available to the following persons only:

  • 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

Requesters may order informal or certified copies of Salinas City birth records online or by visiting the Recorder’s office in person from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Both informal and certified copies of Salinas City birth records cost $25 and take two weeks to process if requested online.

Informal copies of birth certificates will have the words “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” printed.

Monterey County Recorder
Monterey County Government Center Administration Building
168 West Alisal Street,
1st Floor
Salinas, CA 93901

The Clerk-Recorder’s office also accepts mail-in requests. Requesters must complete a vital records application form and attach a replica of a valid government-issued ID. Requesters must also include a check for the applicable fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mail the completed package to:

Monterey County Recorder
P.O. Box 29
Salinas, CA 93902

Where and How to Find Salinas City Death Records

The Monterey County Clerk-Recorder’s office accepts requests for certified and informal copies of Salinas City death certificates. Certified copies of death certificates are available to the following persons only:

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

Requesters may order informal or certified copies of Salinas City death records online or visit the Recorder’s office in person from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Monterey County Recorder
Monterey County Government Center Administration Building
168 West Alisal Street,
1st Floor
Salinas, CA 93901

Informal and certified copies of Salinas City death records cost $21 each and take two weeks to process if requested online.

The Clerk-Recorder’s office also accepts mail-in requests. Requesters must complete a vital records application form and attach a replica of a valid government-issued ID. Requesters must also include a check for the applicable fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Mail the completed package to:

Monterey County Recorder
P.O. Box 29
Salinas, CA 93902