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Nevada County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The California Department of Justice provides crime numbers for all reported crimes in California. In 2018, Nevada County recorded 250 violent crimes, 2 homicides, 22 rapes, 24 robberies, 202 aggravated assaults, 1,289 property crimes, 357 burglaries, 171 motor vehicle thefts, 761 larceny thefts, and 4 arson. These figures have changed over a period of five years. Compared to crime figures in 2014, Nevada County recorded reduced rates in violent crimes (18%), homicide (33%), aggravated assault (26%), property crimes (19%), burglaries (32%), larceny thefts (17%), and arson (55%). There were also increased rates of robbery (26%), rape (83%), and motor vehicle thefts (14%).

How Do I Get Nevada County Criminal Record

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department handles fingerprinting services for the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history record checks. The Sheriff’s Department carries out Live Scans across different locations in the county for employment, certifications, licensing, foreign adoptions, and immigration purposes. Live Scan services are, however, only available to applicants whose live scan forms contain agency billing numbers.

The Sheriff Department charges a rolling fee, which covers the Live Scan operator’s cost of rolling the fingerprint images. In addition to the rolling fee, the Sheriff Department also charges other fees, depending on the purpose of the fingerprinting. The Applicant Fingerprint Processing Fee contains the current fees for all fingerprinting services in the State of California.

How to Request Criminal History Records

Nevada County applicants can request criminal history record checks at the Sheriff’s Department. To book an appointment, call the Sheriff’s Department phone line or visit the office at:

Nevada County Sheriff’s Department
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-1471
Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

There are four police departments in Nevada County. They are the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, Nevada County Sheriff Truckee Substation, Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada City Police Department.

Nevada County Sheriff Department
950 Maidu Ave
Nevada City, CA 95959
Nevada County, California
(530) 265-1471

Nevada County Sheriff Truckee Substation
P.O. Box 699
Truckee, CA 96160
Nevada County, California
(530) 582-7838

Grass Valley Police Department
129 S Auburn St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Nevada County, California
(530) 477-4600

Nevada City Police Department
317 Broad St
Nevada City, CA 95959
Nevada County, California
(530) 265-4700

The Truckee Police Department also carries out local criminal history checks for only residents of the Town of Truckee. Applicants within this jurisdiction could either visit the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department or the Truckee Police Department for their criminal history check services.

The Truckee Police Department charges $25 for this service, and applicants must appear in person with a current ID. Note that this is a local criminal history check, not statewide or federal. For this service, visit the Records division of the Truckee Police Department at:

Truckee Police Department
10183 Truckee Airport Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: (530) 550-2323
Fax: (530) 582-7771

The Grass Valley Police Department issues traffic collision reports, crime reports, and incident reports to requesters. Copies of accident reports can also be issued to involved persons. Criminal reports can be requested after the investigations are complete.

Obtaining a Police Report

To obtain a police report from Grass Valley Police Department, complete the Records Request Form. Send the completed Records Request Form by fax to (530) 274-4329. For in-person requests, visit the Police Department with a completed Request Form and current photo ID at:

Grass Valley Police Department
129 S Auburn St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: (530) 477-4600
Fax: (530) 274-4329

The Truckee Police Department maintains and issues police reports within their jurisdiction to interested members of the public. Not all records can be released to the public. However, accident reports and portions of crime reports are easily obtainable. For other kinds of reports, call the Records Division of the Truckee Police Department at (530) 550-2323 before visiting to ascertain the availability of the reports.

The Records Division offers in-person requests and mail requests. To obtain a police report, complete the Request For Police Records form. The requester must also provide a current copy of a photo ID. For mail requests, send the completed request form and a copy of a current ID to the mailing address below. If it is an in-person request, visit the same address:

Truckee Police Department
Attn: Records Division
10183 Truckee Airport Road
Truckee, CA 96161

How to Find Nevada County Sex Offender Information

The California Sex Offender Registry maintains a statewide repository of convicted and registered sex offenders in the state. These sex offenders are listed in the California Megan’s Law Website. Members of the general public can search the registry by name, address, and geographical radius.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Nevada County Jail?

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department has two correctional facilities, which are; the Wayne Brown Correctional facility located in Nevada City and the Truckee Facility located in Truckee. The Truckee Facility is a temporary housing facility where inmates are often held before they are transferred to the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

The Truckee Facility does not allow any personal visits. On the other hand, the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility allows visitations. The Wayne Correctional Facility has an online register of the inmates, which contains the visiting hours of inmates. However, visitors are advised to call the facility at (530) 265-1291 before visiting. These are the addresses and contact information of the two correctional facilities

Wayne Brown Correctional Facility
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 265-1291
Fax: (530) 470-0439
Open: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Truckee - Joseph Center
10075 Levon Avenue
Truckee, CA 96161
Fax: (530) 582-8995
Open: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Court Records

Nevada County has two Superior Courts in Nevada City and Truckee. The Nevada County Superior Court has an online case information portal where members of the public can access non-confidential court records. The information in the online case information portal is limited.

A requester who needs a court record that is not captured in the online case information portal can either make an adjudicative records search request in person or by mail. The available court records include civil, criminal, mental health, family, paternity, small claims, minor offense, and probate court cases.

To request for a court record in person, complete the Record Request form. The Nevada County Superior Court charges $00.50 for each page of the record requested, $40 document certification fee per document, $15 search request fee for every search that takes more than 10 minutes, and $15 for certification of family law judgments. Requesters are to pay only the applicable fee peculiar to their request.

The fee must be payable by checks to Nevada Superior Court. Submit the form and the applicable fee in person with a current ID to any of the two Nevada County Superior Courthouse where the case was filed.

For mail requests, complete the Record Request form. Enclose a self-address envelope, adequate postage stamp, and applicable fee to any of the Nevada County Superior Courthouses where the case was filed. These are the contact information of the two courthouses in Nevada County:

Nevada County Superior Court - Nevada City
201 Church Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 265-1293 (Civil, Small Claims)
Phone: (530) 265-1311 (Criminal, Traffic)
Phone: (530) 265-1293 (Family Law, Probate)

Nevada County Superior Court - Truckee
10075 Levon Avenue
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 582-7835

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Vital Records

Where and How to Get Nevada County Divorce Records

The California Department of Public Health - Vital Records (CDPH-VR) maintains and issues divorce records for divorces that were finalized in the state between 1962 and June 1984. To request for a divorce certificate that falls within this timeframe, print and complete the Application for Certificate of Record for a Divorce form. CDPH-VR charges $14 for each certified copy of a divorce certificate. The fee should be a check or money order payable to CDPH-VR. Send the completed application form and applicable fee by mail to:

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

For couriers that require physical addresses, use:

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

The Clerks of Nevada County Superior Courts maintain divorce records that were finalized from June 1984 to date. Contact them for divorce records that fall within this timeframe.

Where and How to Get Nevada County Marriage Records

The Nevada County Recorder maintains and issues marriage records for marriages that were contracted in the county. It is possible to obtain Nevada County marriage certificates by mail, fax, in-person, or online. There are two types of marriage certificates in Nevada: authorized certified marriage certificate and informational certified marriage certificate.

An authorized certified copy of a marriage certificate can be used for official purposes, while informational certified marriage certificates can only be used for informational purposes. When applying for a Nevada County marriage certificate, an applicant would have to select one of these options in the application form.

To order a Nevada County marriage certificate by mail, complete and notarize the Application for Marriage Certificate form. The Nevada County recorder charges $15 for each certified copy of a marriage certificate, and an additional $3 handling fee (for mail and fax requests only). The fee must be check or money order payable to the Nevada County recorder. Send the completed and notarized form, and the applicable fee to this address:

Nevada County Recorder
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959

For in-person requests, submit a completed and notarized Application for Marriage Certificate form and the applicable fee to the same address. For fax requests, Submit a completed and notarized Application for Marriage Certificate form and the applicable fee to (530) 265-9842.

Where and How to Get Nevada County Birth Records

The Vital Records Office of the Nevada County Public Health Department issues birth certificates for births that occurred in the county. Nevada County has two types of birth certificates: an informational certified copy of birth certificates and authorized certified copy of birth certificates.

  • The informational certified copy cannot be used to establish identity. It is only available for informational purposes and can be requested by anyone.
  • An authorized certified copy of a birth certificate can only be ordered by the registrant whose name is written on the certificate, registrant’s close family members, registrant’s attorney, or any legally empowered government agency.

An informational certified copy of a birth certificate can be ordered in person or by mail. To obtain this copy, complete the Informational Birth Certificate Application form. To order an authorized certified copy of a birth certificate by mail, complete the Authorized Mail-In Birth Certificate Application form. To order an authorized certified copy of a birth certificate in person, complete the Authorized In-Person Birth Certificate Application form.

The Vital Records Office charges $25 for each certified copy of birth certificates. Fees are payable through cash, check, and credit cards. Checks should be payable to Nevada County Vital Records. Mail the complete application form and fee to this address, or visit the address for in-person requests:

Nevada County Vital Records
500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 110
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 265-7264

Where and How to Get Nevada County Death Records

The Nevada County Vital Records Office issues death certificates for events that occurred in the county. There are two types of death certificates in Nevada County: an informational certified copy of death certificates and authorized certified copy of a death certificate.

  • The informational certified copy cannot be used for official purposes. It is only available for informational purposes and can be requested by anyone.
  • The authorized certified copy can only be ordered by the registrant, registrant’s close family members, registrant’s attorney, or any legally empowered government agency. Informational certified copies can be ordered by mail or in person. To obtain this copy, complete the Informational Death Certificate Application form.

The authorized certified copy of death certificates can only be obtained by mail. To order an authorized certified copy of a death certificate by mail, complete the Authorized Mail-In Death Certificate Application form. To order an authorized certified copy of a death certificate in person, complete the Authorized In-Person Death Certificate Application form

The Vital Records Office charges $21 for each certified copy of birth certificates. Fees are payable through cash, check, and credit cards. Checks should be payable to Nevada County Vital Records. Mail the complete application form and fee to this address, or visit the address for in-person requests:

Nevada County Vital Records
500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 110
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 265-7264