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Anaheim Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Anaheim City Public Records?

Per California’s Public Records Act, Anaheim City public records include "any writing containing information relating to the conduct of a public's business prepared, owned, used or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristic.” Public records in Anaheim City may take the form of handwritten or typewritten documents, video footage, audio recordings, photographs, and other electronically transmitted files. State law restricts public records from view if they fall under the following classifications:

  • Architectural and official building plans
  • Attorney-client communications
  • Attorney bills and retainer agreements
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) proceedings
  • Code enforcement records
  • Deliberative process privilege
  • Drafts
  • Voter registration information
  • Identity of informants
  • Records relating to information technology systems’ security
  • Records obtained for journalistic or scholarly purposes

Anaheim City Crime Statistics

In Anaheim City, the Police Department collates reports of crimes and arrests and forwards the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its Uniform Crime Report. It also makes the information publicly available on its “Crime in Anaheim” page. In 2018, the Department reported a crime rate of 2796 crimes per 100,000 residents, with 336 violent crimes and 2,453 property crimes per 100,000 persons. These numbers represent a 6.45% increase in Anaheim crimes over five years. In 2014, the Department reported 2,679 crimes per 100,000 residents, with 2,362 property crimes and 317 violent crimes per 100,000 persons.

Are Anaheim City Criminal Records Public?

According to state statutes, most Anaheim City criminal records are confidential and inaccessible to the public. For example, criminal background information compiled by local law enforcement agencies is only available to specific employers, such as law enforcement, public utilities, child care facilities, and private security firms. However, anyone who has faced arrest or detention by the Anaheim City Police Department can contact its Records Bureau to request copies of their arrest or criminal records.

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

Complying with California’s Public Records Act, only authorized parties of interest may request Anaheim City police reports. These parties include:

  • Victims or witnesses of crimes
  • Authorized representatives of crime victims
  • The insurance company against whom claims have been made or may fall against
  • Anyone who has suffered physical injury or property damage due to an incident

To request a copy of an Anaheim City police report, eligible persons must first call the Anaheim Police Department Records Bureau at (714) 765-1990 to confirm the report number. The requester must then complete an online police report request form and attach an exact copy of a valid government-issued ID. When the Records Bureau receives the request, they will contact the requester to confirm due copy fees, typically 50 cents for the first page and 20 cents per page for subsequent pages. Individuals with arrest records may visit the Police Department in person, anytime between 6 a.m. - 12:45 a.m., Monday through Sunday.

Anaheim Police Department
Records Bureau
425 S. Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: (714) 765-1990

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Anaheim City

Individuals interested in obtaining Anaheim City sex offender information may look to the California Department of Justice. It maintains information on sex offenders who live in Anaheim City and the rest of the state through its Sex Offender Registry. Researchers who look through the page will find information on the following types of offenders:

  • Serious Offenders: Registrants whose conviction is for a felony sex offense or a misdemeanor child molestation.
  • High-Risk Offenders: Registrants who have multiple violent crime convictions or get classified as sexually violent predators according to Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 6600.

Interested persons can find information on sex offenders, including the offenders’ names, known aliases, physical descriptions, and home or work addresses. Researchers can also view offenders’ photographs if available and search for offenders within a particular zip code or close to schools and parks.

How to Find Anaheim City Inmate Records

Individuals arrested in Anaheim City are held at the Anaheim Detention Facility. The facility maintains a record of all the inmates it houses and makes those records available on its Who’s In Jail page. Individuals interested in obtaining Anaheim City inmate records may search this page using the inmate’s last name, first name, middle name, age, or gender.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Anaheim City Jail?

The Anaheim Detention Facility allows inmates to receive visits from family and friends between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily. Visitors must contact the Detention Facility administrators at least twenty-four hours ahead to make inmate visiting appointments. All visitors must present a valid government-issued photo ID and be subject to a search upon entering the facility. Visitors must dress comfortably but modestly, wearing adequately fitted shirts or t-shirts, pants, dresses, or skirts below the knees. Visitors will not receive permission to enter the facility if they dress in overly tight or revealing outfits, or wear t-shirts with gang slogans or lewd prints. The staff at the Detention Facility will eject or refuse entry to any visitor who appears under the influence of alcohol or any other drug.

Court Records

The Orange County Superior Court is a part of the California Judicial Branch and oversees legal proceedings in Anaheim City. Interested persons may query the Superior Court North Justice Center (NJC) for various Anaheim City court records, including criminal, civil, juvenile, small claims, and probate court records.

Locations of Courts in Anaheim City

Orange County Superior Court - North Justice Center (NJC)
1275 North Berkeley Avenue,
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (657) 622-5600

Orange County Superior Court - Lamoreaux Justice Center (LJC)
341 The City Drive South,
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: (657) 622-6878

Are Anaheim City Court Records Public?

Not all Anaheim City court records are considered public. Per California state law, some court cases are confidential and inaccessible to the general public. Examples of closed court cases include:

  • Criminal cases involving minors
  • Juvenile dependency cases in which the court separates a child from his or her parents
  • Civil harassment cases
  • Child custody cases
  • Some divorce cases

Can You Look Up an Anaheim City Court Case Online?

Anaheim City court records are available online through the Orange County Superior Court’s Case Access page. Interested persons can copy and download civil court cases, criminal court records, probate records, small claims court records, and traffic records on the Case Access page.

How to Obtain Anaheim City Civil Court Case Records

Interested persons can obtain Anaheim City civil court case records in person, by mail, or online. Using the Civil Case & Document Access page, interested persons may copy and download specific civil court cases using the litigants’ names, the case number, or the filing date. Individuals may also search in person for civil court case records on the Central Justice Center’s public computers. If mailing a request, applicants must complete a records copy request form and include the following details:

  • Case number
  • Plaintiff or petitioner’s name
  • Document name and filing date

Mail requests must include a money order or check for payment. If the document is twenty pages or less, requesters must write "not to exceed $25.00" below the check amount line. The court staff will fill in the correct amount and send the requester a receipt with the copies. If the document exceeds twenty-one pages or the requester wants a certified copy, "not to exceed $60.00" should be written below the check amount line. The requester must provide their name, address, and telephone number and include a 9” x 12” self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Orange County Superior Court - North Justice Center (NJC)
1275 North Berkeley Avenue,
P.O. Box 5000,
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (657) 622-5600

How to Obtain Anaheim City Criminal Court Records

Interested persons can obtain Anaheim City criminal court records in person, by mail, or online. The Orange County Court offers its Criminal and Traffic Case Access page for copying and downloading criminal court records using the defendant’s name, the case number, or the filing date. Individuals may also visit the Central Justice Center to search using its public computers. If mailing a request, parties must complete a records copy request form and the details below:

  • Case number
  • Defendant’s name
  • Document name and filing date

Mail requests must include a money order or check for payment. If the document is twenty pages or less, requesters must write "not to exceed $25.00" below the check amount line. The court staff specify the correct amount and send a receipt with the copies. If the request is for a document more than twenty-one pages or a certified copy, the requester should write "not to exceed $60.00" instead. Each request must contain the requester’s name, address, and telephone number. A 9” x 12” self-addressed, stamped envelope should also be included.

Orange County Superior Court - North Justice Center (NJC)
1275 North Berkeley Avenue,
P.O. Box 5000,
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (657) 622-5600

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What are Anaheim City Vital Records?

Anaheim City vital records are government-generated documents that mark births, deaths, divorces, and marriages among residents. Interested persons can obtain vital records by querying the custodian agency or department.

Where and How to Obtain Anaheim City Divorce Records

Interested persons can obtain copies of Anaheim City divorce records from the Orange County Superior Court in person or by mail. Applicants can search the Case Access platform for the divorce case number and then visit the Family Law Clerk's office to request copies in person. The court charges copy fees of 50 cents per page and $15 for certification of documents.

Orange County Superior Court - Lamoreaux Justice Center (LJC)
341 The City Drive South,
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: (657) 622-6878

To obtain Anaheim City divorce decrees by mail, requesters must complete a records request form and attach a money order or check for payment. Requesters should write "not to exceed $25.00" below the check amount line if the document is twenty pages or less. Requests for certified copies of documents with more pages should have “not to exceed $60.00” written instead. Court staff will write the correct amount and attach a receipt to the requested records. Each request should carry the applicant’s name, telephone number, and address, and also include a stamped 9” x 12” self-addressed envelope.

Orange County Superior Court - Family Law Division
Attn: Records Department:
341 The City Drive South,
Orange, CA 92868

The California Department of Public Health also issues divorce verification letters for divorces conducted between 1962 and June 1984. Each document contains information such as the divorcees’ names, the divorce case number, and the county where the divorce took place. To obtain a divorce verification, requesters must complete an application for a certified copy of a divorce record and mail it to the California Department of Public Health.

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records - MS5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Where and How to Get Marriage Records in Anaheim City

Eligible persons can obtain certified copies of Anaheim City marriage certificates from the Orange County Clerk-Recorder’s Office in person, by mail, or via phone. In-person requesters must visit the North County Branch Office in Anaheim, present a valid government-issued ID, and sign a statement under penalty of perjury that the requester is authorized to make the request. The price for locating marriage certificates is $15, while certified copies cost $15 each. The Clerk-Recorder’s office accepts payment by cash, personal check, money order, and major debit and credit cards.

Orange County Clerk-Recorder - North County Branch Office
Wells Fargo Building,
222 S Harbor Blvd #110,
Anaheim, CA 92805

To mail an application, requesters must download and complete an online form and include the appropriate fees as well as a notarized statement that assures the requester’s eligibility.

Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92702

The public may apply for unauthorized copies of marriage certificates. These records will have the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” printed on them.

Where and How to Find Anaheim City Birth Records

Eligible persons can obtain certified copies of Anaheim City birth records from the Orange County Clerk-Recorder’s Office in person, by mail, or by telephone. Per state laws, eligible persons include:

  • The registrant
  • The registrant’s parent or legal guardian
  • A party with a court order for the record
  • Adoption agencies
  • Law enforcement and other governmental agencies
  • The registrant’s child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner
  • The registrant’s legal representative

In-person requesters must complete an online request form and then visit the North County Branch Office in Anaheim to present a valid government-issued ID and sign a statement under penalty of perjury that the requester is authorized to make the request. The price for certified copies of birth certificates is $28. The Clerk-Recorder’s office accepts payment by cash, personal cheque, money order, and major debit or credit cards.

Orange County Clerk-Recorder - North County Branch Office
Wells Fargo Building,
222 S Harbor Blvd #110,
Anaheim, CA 92805

To mail an application, requesters must download and complete an online form and include the appropriate fees and a notarized statement that assures the requester’s eligibility.

Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92702

The public may apply for unauthorized copies of birth certificates. These records will have the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” printed on them.

Where and How to Find Anaheim City Death Records

Eligible persons can obtain certified copies of Anaheim City death records from the Orange County Clerk-Recorder’s Office in person, by mail, or by telephone. Per state laws, eligible persons include:

  • The registrant’s child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner
  • The registrant’s legal representative
  • A party with a court order for the record
  • Law enforcement and other governmental agencies

In-person requesters must complete an online request form and submit it to the North County Branch Office in Anaheim, along with a valid government-issued ID and a statement that confirms the requester’s eligibility, signed under penalty of perjury. The price for certified copies of death certificates is $21. Payments are acceptable by money order, personal check, cash, and major credit and debit cards.

Orange County Clerk-Recorder - North County Branch Office
Wells Fargo Building,
222 S Harbor Blvd #110,
Anaheim, CA 92805

To mail an application, requesters must download and complete an online form, submitting it with applicable fees and a notarized statement asserting that the requester is eligible.

Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92702

The general public can also apply for death certificates. However, these records would be unauthorized copies with the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY” printed on them.