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Fullerton Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Fullerton Public Records?

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, Fullerton public records include any information produced, prepared, utilized, or managed by state or local agencies, except where lawfully excluded. Fullerton public records may include information that is typewritten or handwritten, images, or email-transmitted material. Certain parts of a public record may be excluded from public access in the following situations:

  • Private personal data which is in violation of personal privacy
  • Pending litigation details (attorney work product)
  • Data associated with an ongoing investigation by law enforcement
  • Juvenile information
  • Preliminary drafts, notes, or annotations
  • Confidential information
  • Trade secrets
  • Data for taxpayers and private financial data

Fullerton Crime Statistics

The California Department of Justice provides statistics of crimes within all the cities and counties in the state through its Open Justice portal. In 2019, the City of Fullerton reported a total number of 3,170 crimes, including 373 violent crimes and 3,170 property crimes. The violent crimes include two murders, 80 rapes, 108 robberies, and 183 aggravated assaults. The property crimes include 318 burglaries, 2,479 larcenies, 360 motor vehicle thefts, and 13 cases of arson. The crime data shows a massive drop in the total crime rate in Fullerton in five years. Between 2015 and 2019, robbery (2%), aggravated assaults (14%), burglary (32%), larceny (16%) motor vehicle theft (23%), and arson (13%) rates declined in Fullerton City. At the same time, murder (100%) and rape (21%) rates increased.

Are Fullerton Criminal Records Public?

Some Fullerton criminal records are publicly accessible, while some others are not. For example, only a small category of employers, such as security guard firms, child care centers, law enforcement agencies, and companies of public utilities can access criminal records maintained by local law enforcement authorities. To access a complete Fullerton criminal record, refer to the state of California’s Department of Justice. This service is accessible only to persons who want to search their own criminal records, law enforcement agencies, and employers within the state.

How to Obtain Fullerton Police Reports and Arrest Records?

The Fullerton Police Department maintains and provides Fullerton police reports and arrest records. The following are a list of individuals authorized to request Fullerton police reports:

  • The victim of a crime
  • An attorney representing someone who has been the victim of a crime
  • An insurance company representing someone who has been the victim of a crime

Persons who wish to request a copy of a Fullerton police report can do so, either in person or through the mail. Interested persons can request Fullerton police reports by mailing or visiting the Fullerton Police Department Front Desk at:

Fullerton Police Department
237 West Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6791

Requests through the mail should include a check/money payment of $15.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Fullerton?

The California Department of Justice generates and manages a registry of sex offenders in Fullerton City and other parts of the state. In accordance with Section 290.4 of the California Penal Code, the Department of Justice makes the registry publicly accessible. Through the online registry, individuals can examine general information about registered sex offenders within Fullerton City and other parts of California. Information on the registry includes names of sexual offenders (and any identified aliases), physical descriptions, and reported addresses. It also contains images (if available) and zip codes, as well as a mapping function that allows persons to use names or proximity to schools and parks to perform searches.

How to Find Fullerton Inmate Records?

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for maintaining Fullerton inmate records and other inmate records across the county. The Department updates its inmate database frequently and provides information on recently booked and released individuals. Interested persons can search for inmates by name, age, and gender using the search feature of the Sheriff's website. The Fullerton inmate records include information about people still incarcerated and those released during the last 30 days.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Fullerton Jail?

Typically, persons arrested by the Fullerton Police Department are temporarily housed at the Fullerton Police Department Jail pending their transportation to court. The Fullerton Police Department Jail is located in:

Fullerton Police Department
Address: 237 W Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

In some situations, especially pertaining to jail capacity, inmates will be transferred to the Orange County Jail. To determine whether an inmate is housed at the Fullerton Police Department Jail, interested persons can ask an on-duty jailer or they may call the Jail at (714) 738-6722. After confirming that an inmate is no longer housed at the Fullerton Police Department Jail, persons seeking the location of the inmate may proceed to use the County’s Inmate Locator or call the Orange County Jail at (714) 647-7000. The Custody Operation Command of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for the operations of all four jail facilities across the county including Fullerton. Jail facilities within Orange county include the Central Men’s Jail, the Central Women’s Jail, the Intake/Release Center (IRC), and the Theo Lacy Facility. To visit an inmate in any of these facilities, interested parties can obtain information on and rules about visitation in each facility on the website of the Custody Services Division.

The jail facilities are located at:

Orange County Central Men’s Jail
550 North Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Orange County Central Women’s Jail
550 North Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Intake/Release Center (IRC)
550 North Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Theo Lacy Facility
501 The City Drive
Orange, CA 92868

Court Records

Court records consist of information about the court proceedings handled by any of the Orange County Superior Court centers. These centers of the Orange County Supreme Court which are under the California Judicial Branch all maintain court records. They grant interested members of the public access to different kinds of court records and documents which include civil, criminal, administrative, probate, domestic relations, and traffic records. These Orange court records contain information about the court proceedings handled by any of the Orange County Superior Court centers. Court records can be in the form of case notes, transcripts of trials, affidavits, submitted evidence, and case files.

Location of Courts in Fullerton

Cases arising from Fullerton are typically adjudicated under Orange county’s court system. The Orange County court system consists of seven Superior Courts. Below are the location and contact information of Orange county courts:

Orange County Superior Courts
Orange County Superior Court - Central Justice Center (CJC)
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (657) 622-6878

Orange County Superior Court - Community Court
909 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (657) 622-5800

Orange County Superior Court - Complex Civil Center (CXC)
751 West Santa Ana Boulevard
P.O. Box 22028
Santa Ana, CA 92702
Phone: (657) 622-6878

Orange County Superior Court - Harbor Justice Center Newport Beach (HJC/NB)
4601 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (657) 622-5400

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

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

Orange County Superior Court - West Justice Center (WJC)
8141 13th Street
Westminster, CA 92683
Phone: (677) 622-5900

Are Fullerton Court Records Public?

In promoting the freedom of information, many of Fullerton's court records are public. Nonetheless, some records and documents are not accessible to the general public due to their being classified as confidential cases under California state laws. Examples of such cases include:

  • Cases of juvenile delinquency (when a minor is charged for committing a crime)
  • Cases of juvenile dependency (where a child is separated from his parents)
  • Civil cases of harassment
  • Certain cases of divorce
  • Instances in child custody

Can You Look Up a Fullerton Court Case Online?

The Superior Court of California County of Orange maintains all records for cases heard in state courts all over the county. Interested persons can access these records online by using the Case Search feature on the court’s website. Records available online include those for civil, criminal, family, probate, traffic, and small claims cases. This webpage allows individuals to search by case number. To search court records by individual or business name, use the search tool on the Online Services page. This requires a user to register and log in to the website.

How to Obtain Fullerton Civil Court Case Records?

Individuals can request Orange county and Fullerton civil court case records either in person or through mail applications. To request for Orange civil court case record search by mail, an applicant is to download and complete the Request for Record Search form. Then complete the Copy Request for Form to request copies of civil court case records. Requesters are to mail the completed form together with a check for search or copy fees to the court locations above. Checks are to be made payable to the Clerk of the Court.

For a record search that exceeds 10 minutes, the Clerk of the Court will charge $10. Each page of court records ordered attracts a charge of 50 cents. An applicant will pay a charge of $1 per page for the Clerk to compare record copies with records on file. Generally, a certified copy of a civil court record costs a $25 fee per document.

How to Obtain Fullerton Criminal Court Records?

The Superior Court of California - Orange County manages Fullerton criminal court records. Individuals can request Fullerton criminal court records in person, online, or by mail. To make in-person requests for Fullerton criminal record searches interested persons should visit the Criminal Operations Department of any Justice Center of the Superior Court of California - Orange County. For requests through the mail, requesters are to complete the Request for Record Search Form. Then proceed to appropriately fill the Copy Request for Form to request copies of criminal court records. Some information the form requires from applicants includes case number, case name, requester’s name, and address. After completion of the form, mail it along with a check for search or copy fees to the court locations above. Applicants must make their checks payable to the Clerk of the Court. The court’s online case and calendar access also offer individuals another avenue to conduct record searches.

Costs associated with obtaining records largely depend on the type of records, number of pages, and the duration of record search. If a search takes longer than 10 minutes, the Clerk of the Court charges $ 10 for the record. For each page of court records ordered, there is a fee of 50 cents. To compare prepared copies with records on file, the clerk also charges $1 per page. A $25 fee per document is paid for obtaining a certified copy of a criminal court record.

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

What are Fullerton Vital Records?

Fullerton’s vital records provide information on life events happening throughout the city. These government-maintained documents include birth certificates, death certificates, marital records, and decrees of divorce. Interested individuals may access most documents by sending a request to the local agency or department that maintains the record.

Where and How to Obtain Fullerton Divorce Records?

The Superior Court of California - Orange County is responsible for maintaining and issuing Fullerton divorce records as part of its family law records. Residents can request Fullerton divorce records in person or by mail. To obtain copies of Fullerton divorce records in person, complete the Orange County Copy Request Form and visit the Family Law clerk's office of the Lamoreaux Justice Center. Requesters using mail are to instead send their completed request forms to the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Family Law Division, at:

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

A requester will need to provide a valid photo ID as well as a $15 fee for the certified copy of the divorce records.

Where and How to Get Public Fullerton Marriage Records?

The Office of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder is responsible for providing copies of Fullerton marriage records. Persons authorized to request Fullerton marriage records include:

  • One of the married parties
  • A parent or legal guardian of one of the parties
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of one of the parties
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of any governmental agency established by law, that is conducting official business
  • An attorney representing one of the parties or the party’s estate,
  • Any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of one of the parties to the marriage or the party’s estate

Persons that do not fall within the list of authorized persons may be able to obtain an informational certified copy of the record. Residents may obtain Fullerton marriage records either in person, through mail, or online.

To obtain Fullerton marriage certificates in person, eligible persons are to visit any of the Clerk-Recorder’s offices:

Hall of Records
12 Civic Center Plaza
Room 101 and Room 106
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

South County Branch Office
Laguna Hills Civic Center
24031 El Toro Road, Suite 150
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Office opens from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

North County Branch Office
Downtown Fullerton
201 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
Office opens from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Applicants are to present a valid government-issued photo ID and a signed statement under penalty of perjury that the applicant is an authorized person. The Clerk-Recorder accepts payments in cash, check credit/debit card, and money order for in-person requests.

To make requests through the mail, complete the Vital Records Request Form. Applications should also include payment, a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury that an applicant is an eligible person, and a valid ID. The request should be sent to:

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

A certified copy of a Fullerton marriage certificate attracts a $15 fee. Requesters can pay in checks made payable to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Fullerton?

The Orange County Clerk-Recorder maintains confidential marriage records in Fullerton. Only authorized persons can request certified copies of a confidential marriage record. Authorized persons include:

  • One of the married parties
  • A person with a court order

Persons that do not qualify as authorized persons will be unable to receive any copy of the confidential marriage record. Requests for a Fullerton confidential marriage record can be made either in person or by mail. Clerk-Recorder grants confidential records to in-person requesters in the offices mentioned above. Persons requesting the records through the mail are to complete the Vital Records Request Form. Then mail the completed form together with payment, a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the applicant is an authorized person and a valid ID should be sent to:

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

Only certified copies are available for Fullerton confidential marriage records, each copy attracts a $15 fee. Requesters can pay in check, made payable to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department.

Where and How to Find Fullerton Birth Records?

The Office of the Clerk-Recorder is responsible for keeping and issuing Fullerton birth records. Persons that can request Fullerton birth records include:

  • The record’s subject
  • A parent or legal guardian of the subject
  • A child, grandchild, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the subject
  • A person with a court order is empowered to get the record
  • An attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of any governmental agency established by law, that is conducting official business
  • An attorney representing the record’s subject or their estate
  • Any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the record’s subject or their estate

Persons that are not eligible to obtain certified Fullerton birth records may receive an Informational copy. Residents can request Fullerton birth records either in person or by mail. Applicants can make in-person requests at any of the Clerk-Recorder’s three offices mentioned above. For a mail request, interested parties are to complete the Vital Records Request Form then send it to:

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

Mailed applications should include the appropriate fee as a check payable to Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department. All requests for Orange birth records must be signed and notarized. The required fee for a certified copy of a birth certificate is $28.

Where and How to Find Fullerton Death Records?

The Office of the Clerk-Recorder manages and issues Fullerton County death records. Orange death records are available upon in-person or mail requests. Individuals capable of requesting Fullerton death records include:

  • A parent or legal guardian of the deceased
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of any governmental agency established by law, that is conducting official business
  • A spouse, domestic partner, child, grandchild, grandparent, or sibling of the deceased
  • An attorney representing the deceased or their estate
  • Any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the deceased or their estate
  • Any funeral director or agent/employee of a funeral establishment acting within the scope of their employment who orders certified copies of a death on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code
  • Surviving Next of Kin-as authorized under the California Health and Safety Code Section 7100.

Other persons may receive an Informational certified copy of the record.

For in-person requests, applicants can visit any of the Clerk-Recorder’s three offices mentioned above. For requests through the mail, interested residents are to complete the Vital Records Request Form and send it to:

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

Requests for Fullerton death records must be signed, notarized and should include the appropriate fee as a check payable to Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department. A certified copy of the death certificate carries a $21 charge for the applicant.