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Lake Elsinore Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Lake Elsinore City Public Records?

Lake Elsinore City public records contain details of an agency’s official functions or information generated or received by an agency while carrying out statutory duties. These records include handwritten or typewritten documents, electronic data, audio or video recordings, photographs, and all other types of records that contain relevant information, regardless of physical form or characteristics. The California Public Records Act grants all persons the right to submit requests to custodian agencies to obtain desired records. Although most records are publicly accessible, the law requires public entities to deny access to the following information:

  • Medical records that contain sensitive information if the patient or a legal guardian has not provided written consent
  • Examination data, including questions and scoring templates used for employment, licensing, or academic examinations, until the records are no longer scheduled for future use
  • Appraisals for prospective real estate acquisitions or contract awards until the purchase or award is concluded. Exempt information also includes assessment data and feasibility estimates
  • Law enforcement records containing intelligence or investigative records of unconcluded cases
  • Firearm license records that contain sensitive information, such as the applicant or the applicant’s family’s vulnerability information or psychological history
  • Some taxpayer records
  • A public agency’s records of current or past employees if disclosure would breach the person’s privacy
  • Court records of cases that involve the agency
  • Any record where public access would be an unnecessary breach of privacy
  • Intra-agency or inter-agency preliminary memoranda, notes, or drafts
  • All records considered confidential by law

In some cases, public city records may be accessible from third-party websites. Record seekers may either opt to use these non-governmental platforms to search for a specific record or multiple city records. However, users will need to provide enough information to assist with the search, such as:

  • The address of the requestor
  • A case number or file number (if known)
  • The location of the document or person involved
  • The name of the subject involved in the record (not juvenile)
  • The last known or current address of the registrant

Third-party sites are not sponsored by government agencies. Because of this, record availability and results may vary.

Lake Elsinore City Crime Statistics

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) receives crime statistics from law enforcement agencies and publishes them online via its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. In 2019 the UCR's figures for Lake Elsinore City showed a total of 173 violent crimes, including three murder incidents and non-negligent manslaughter cases, three rape incidents, and 43 robberies. There also were 233 burglary incidents, 1,409 larceny-theft cases, and 363 motor vehicle thefts, totaling 2,005 property crimes. With four arson cases also recorded, the total number of Lake Elsinore crimes in 2019 was 2,182. Compared with the 2,083 total reported in 2018, the FBI's figures showed that crime reports in the city increased by 4.7% between both years.

Are Lake Elsinore City Criminal Records Public?

Access to Elsinore city criminal records varies, depending on the type of information and requester. For instance, members of the general public can obtain criminal history information on themselves. However, for third-party requests, the requestor must be an authorized employer as provided by law, such as a law enforcement agency, an elderly care institution, or a security firm.

Eligible parties can also obtain Lake Elsinore criminal records from the California Department of Justice (DOJ). State residents may submit completed English or Spanish Live Scan Forms and visit a Public Live Scan Site for fingerprinting services. Non-residents may visit local law enforcement agencies for fingerprinting after submitting the DOJ’s State Summary Criminal History Application, available in English or Spanish. All mail requests should go to the:

California Department of Justice
Bureau of Criminal Identification and Analysis
Record Review & Challenge Section
P.O. Box 160207
Sacramento, CA 95816-0207

How to Obtain Lake Elsinore City Police Reports and Arrest Records

The City of Lake Elsinore contracts police services to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. Interested persons may submit requests for police reports and arrest records to the Sheriff’s Office’s Lake Elsinore Station. However, not all records are public. According to California law, these records are usually only open to persons involved in specific incidents. In some cases, the Sheriff’s Office may provide access after redacting confidential information.

If eligible, interested parties may obtain Lake Elsinore police reports by visiting the Lake Elsinore Station or submitting mail requests. Requestors should provide the names of involved persons, relevant dates, incident descriptions, arrest information, and other known details. Applicants should forward requests to the following:

Lake Elsinore Station
Riverside County Sheriff’s Office
333 Limited Avenue
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Phone: (951) 245-3300

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Lake Elsinore City

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains a Megan’s Law Website with information on all registered sex offenders in the state. Members of the general public can find sex offender information by providing details such as a first name, last name, street name, street number, or zip code. Record seekers may also specify search mile radiuses or include transient offenders in search results depending on available information. In addition, each user may search for registered sex offenders in close range, using their device location. Information available online includes full names, aliases, dates of birth, and photographs. Searchers may also view physical descriptions, offense details, and sex offender information.

How to Find Lake Elsinore City Inmate Records

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office maintains an online database of inmates, accessible via its Jail Information Management System (JIMS). Anyone may search for Lake Elsinore City inmate records by entering the inmate’s last name in the provided box. Users may also search by giving the inmate’s first name, date of birth, and gender. The JIMS displays each inmate’s booking number, name, race, date of birth, physical description, and arrest details. Available details also include current housing facility, court details, and charge information.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in the Lake Elsinore City Jail?

To visit an inmate, each interested visitor must contact one of the facilities operated by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Center. All five correctional facilities include:

  • Blythe Jail
  • Cois M. Byrd Detention Center
  • John J. Benoit Detention Center
  • Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility
  • Robert Presley Detention Center

The Sheriff’s Office’s Corrections Operations provides contact information for each facility. All intending visitors must call in advance to confirm the visitation schedule and book appointments. While visiting information may differ slightly between facilities, all facilities allow inmates two visits per week, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Visitors may only visit the scheduled inmate and may not trade with another visitor.

Each visitor must sign a waiver before the visit. All facilities forbid contraband items, including food, drinks, drugs, cameras, knives, or weapons. Visitors must also comply with a dress code that prohibits revealing or transparent clothing. Furthermore, no clothing item may display sexual comments, gang-affiliated prints, lewd pictures, or other inappropriate or offensive inscriptions.

All visitors must provide valid government identification and may be subject to a search of their person or property. Staff at each facility may also check for active warrants. Any visitor who violates facility rules may lose visitation privileges and may be arrested.

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

What are Lake Elsinore City Vital Records?

Lake Elsinore City vital records detail life events such as divorces, marriages, births, and deaths. Vital records are generated by government agencies and legally recognized as evidence of the respective events. Interested persons may obtain Lake Elsinore vital records from the Riverside County Superior Court or the Clerk-Recorder’s Office. However, not all vital records are accessible by the general public.

Where and How to Obtain Lake Elsinore City Divorce Records

Interested persons may request Lake Elsinore City divorce records from the Riverside County Superior Court. The court entertains online, in person, and mail requests from persons who can provide sufficient information about the divorce. Required details include the names of the divorced persons and a date range.

Each mail request requires a completed request form. Lake Elsinore City divorce decrees cost $15, payable by cash, credit cards, and checks and money orders made out to the Riverside Superior Court. Mail requestors may also pay with credit cards by providing the required card details on the form. Cash payments are restricted to in-person requestors.

The Riverside County Family Courthouse and the Blythe Courthouse handle divorce cases for Riverside County. Persons seeking Lake Elsinore divorce decrees may submit requests to the overseeing court using the following details:

Riverside Family Law Courthouse
4175 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 777-3147

Blythe Courthouse
265 N. Broadway
Blythe, CA 92225
Phone: (760) 393-2617

The Riverside County Superior Court also provides online access to Lake Elsinore divorce records via a public access platform. Users can search for records by case numbers or names. Searches require name search credits which cost varying fees.

Where and How to Get Public Lake Elsinore City Marriage Records

Lake Elsinore City marriage records are available at the Riverside County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. The office provides informational and certified copies and entertains online, mail, and in-person requests. California law allows all interested members of the public to request and obtain informational copies of these records. However, certified copies are only available to the following persons:

  • One of the parties to the marriage
  • Either party’s child, grandchild, spouse, domestic partner, sibling, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian
  • A government agency conducting official business as allowed by law
  • A person authorized by a court order
  • An attorney representing either party or either party’s estate

The Riverside County Clerk-Recorder’s Office also provides certified confidential copies, only accessible by either party to the marriage, or anyone authorized by a court order. Interested persons may fill the online form or send completed copies of the marriage record application by mail. Required information includes the full names of both parties before the marriage and the date of marriage.

Record seekers may also visit the Clerk-Recorder’s Office for in-person and dropbox options. Each applicant requesting in person should first book an appointment and select a preferred location. All payments for birth records are acceptable via credit cards, debit cards, cash, or checks and money orders made out to the Riverside County Recorder. However, mail requestors may only use checks or money orders. Furthermore, applicants should note that each online payment incurs an additional 2.28% processing fee. All completed mail requests should go to the:

Riverside County Recorder
P.O. Box 751
Riverside, CA 92502-0751

Where and How to Find Lake Elsinore City Birth Records

All interested persons can submit requests for Lake Elsinore City birth records to the Riverside County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Access to certified copies of these records is restricted to the following persons:

  • The person named on the certificate
  • The person’s legal guardian, parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, domestic partner, child, or grandchild
  • An attorney acting on behalf of the person or the person’s estate
  • A person with a court order granting access
  • Anyone with the power of attorney
  • A legal executor of the person’s estate

All other persons can obtain informational copies of Lake Elsinore City birth certificates. Interested parties may submit online requests, send applications, or request in person at the Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Persons requesting by mail should complete the birth record application with the subject's full name, date of birth, city of birth, and both parents' full names. Birth certificates cost $28 or $30 if requested from January 1, 2022. Online requests require debit or credit cards and cost additional processing fees of 2.28%.

Other requestors may use cash or money orders and checks payable to the Riverside County Recorder. However, the cash option is restricted to in-person requestors. To use the in-person option, the requestor must schedule an appointment with the Recorder’s Office and choose their preferred office branch. For mail orders, interested persons should send completed requests to the:

Riverside County Recorder
P.O. Box 751
Riverside, CA 92502-0751

Where and How to Find Lake Elsinore City Death Records

Death records are available as informational and certified copies from the Riverside County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. All persons interested in these records may submit official requests for informational copies. However, only the following may request certified copies:

  • The deceased person’s parent, legal guardian, child, grandchild, grandparent, spouse, domestic partner, or sibling
  • Anyone with a court order to request the record
  • A representative of a government agency requesting the record for official business
  • A next of kin or appointed conservator as allowed by law
  • An attorney representing the deceased person or their estate
  • An employee or representative of a funeral establishment acting for official purposes

Applicants may send completed copies of the death record application with the decedent’s full name, date of death, birth date, and city of death. Interested persons may also request online or in person. In-person requestors should first schedule appointments and select preferred office branches before visiting. Lake Elsinore death certificates cost $21 before January 1, 2022, and $30 afterward. Mail requestors should submit requests to the:

Riverside County Recorder
P.O. Box 751
Riverside, CA 92502-0751