Ontario Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Statistics

The Ontario Police Department serves as the main law enforcement agency for the city. It also compiles city-wide crime statistics. According to reports released for 2017, the city recorded a total of 5,156 reported incidents, Larceny-thefts accounted for 54.8% of total crimes while burglaries made up 13.9% of total crimes. Compared to 2017, the total number of crimes decreased by 12%. Property crime slid by 16% while violent crimes increased by 22%. With 8.08 daily crimes for every 100,000 residents, Ontario was safer than 28% of the cities in the United States. The crime rate was 7% higher than the national average and equal to the state’s average.

Criminal Records

How to Obtain Police Reports

The Records Bureau of the Ontario Police Department is tasked with the management and organization of police reports and other records. It also processes requests for traffic reports, criminal reports and more. Eligible persons may request for records at:

Ontario Police Department Headquarters
2500 S. Archibald Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761

The office opens from Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., and between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A$10 fee is charged for criminal/incident reports and traffic reports.

Who Can Request a Report?

In compliance with California state laws, access to incident reports and other police reports may be restricted to only authorized applicants. Requests can be made by witnesses or victims of a crime, insurance carriers, or legal representatives of victims.

How to Find Sex Offender Information

The California Department of Justice maintains an online registry of sex offenders residing in Ontario and other parts of the state. Members of the public can search for registered offenders by name or address. Results can also be filtered to reveal offenders located within a particular zip code or a specified radius.

How to Find Inmate Records

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department maintains records of persons held in facilities within the county. Members of the public can locate inmates and obtain general inmate information using the sheriff’s online locator tool. Searches can be done using a known booking number. Searches can also be conducted by the first name, last name, and date of birth. In addition, the sheriff provides an out of custody that includes inmates released within the last 60 days.

Court Records

Ontario, California falls under the jurisdiction of the Superior Court of California for San Bernardino County. It oversees most criminal and civil cases in the county. Records can be viewed in person at public terminals located in the courthouse where the case is filed. The court also provides online access to images of civil case filings. Searches are charged at $0.50 per page, with a maximum charge of $50.00 for each document. Certified records incur an additional $25. Records can also be obtained via mail. To obtain a record by mail, interested parties must provide as much relevant information as possible, including the case number (if known), name(s) of the attorneys, and the name of the parties involved.

Vital Records

Vital Records for the city of Ontario can be obtained at the county and state levels. Access to certain records may be restricted to only the individuals on record, direct family members and legal representatives. Requesters may also be required to provide a valid government-issued I.D.

How to Find Divorce Records

To obtain copies of a divorce decree, interested parties must contact the clerk of the court where the divorce was filed. Divorces granted in Ontario, California fall under the jurisdiction of the San Bernardino Superior Court.

How to Obtain Certificate of Records for Divorce

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issues certificates of record for divorces granted between 1962 and June 1984. It includes the names of the involved parties, court case number, and the county where the divorce was filed. Requests can be made by completing an application form and mailing it to the California Department of Public Health.

Note: Divorce records for decrees issued after 2004 can be obtained at the originating courthouses where the divorce was filed.

How to Find Birth/Death Records

The San Bernardino Recorder-County Clerk's Office maintains records for births and deaths that occurred in Ontario and other cities within the county. Copies of records can be obtained in person or by mail. To obtain records in person, interested parties must complete an electronic application at a kiosk located at

Ontario - District Office
8575 Haven Avenue, Suite 210
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 948-5088

The office opens between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Records can also be obtained at any of the other Recorder-County Clerk offices outside the city.

To request records by mail, members of the public must submit a completed application form that includes relevant details such as the full name of the individual on record, the applicant’s information, and a check or money order for the appropriate fee. In compliance with state laws, authorized copies of birth/certificates are only issued to eligible persons.