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San Diego County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are San Diego County Arrest Records?

San Diego County arrest records are official documents that provide relevant information about arrests in the county. Individuals can obtain San Diego arrest records from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. These records are available for both in-person and mail requests. For an in-person request, record seekers will need to visit the Sheriff’s station that wrote the arrest report or responded to the incident. Alternatively, requesters can complete and submit a Service Request Form (Spanish) to the:

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
ATTN: Records & ID Division, Cases Section
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193

Each request must include a copy of a valid, government-issued photo identification card as well as the appropriate fee. The Sheriff’s Department charges $20 for a copy of arrest, crime, or accident report. However, the first copy of a crime or accident report is available for free to victims or their representatives. All fees are payable to the San Diego County Sheriff and accepted as a money order or check issued by a California bank. Cash is acceptable for in-person requests.

Crime Statistics

Through the Open Justice Portal, the California Department of Justice publishes the crime statistics for all the counties in California. The crime data for San Diego County in 2019 shows that there was a total number of 74,801 crimes. This includes 11,409 violent crimes and 63,392 property crimes. The violent crimes include 86 murders, 1,106 rapes, 2,891 robberies, and 1,326 aggravated assaults. The property crimes include 7,694 burglaries, 37,858 larcenies, 9,681 motor vehicle thefts, and 8,159 cases of arson.

Compared to 2015 figures, burglary (28%), larceny (12%), motor vehicle theft (2%), and arson (18%) rates fell over the five-year period. In contrast, there were higher incidences of murder (2%), rape (1%), robbery (3%), and aggravated assault (5%).

What are San Diego County Criminal Records?

San Diego County criminal records are formal documents that give details of the criminal history of an individual within San Diego County. These criminal records include San Diego arrest records, charges, convictions, and sentences. Local criminal records are available for requests at the county level from the Sheriff’s Department. Access to statewide criminal background checks is provided by the California Department of Justice provides background checks for the counties of California. It is only the criminal record owner that can request his/her own criminal records. Law enforcement agencies and employers can also request background checks.

How Do I Get San Diego County Criminal Records?

Residents of San Diego County can request local criminal history records and information from the county’s Sheriff’s Department. Make walk-in or mail requests to obtain criminal records. Complete the Service Request Form (Spanish). Submit the completed form, with payment and a valid ID, in-person to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Records and ID Division located at 9261 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego, CA 92193. The completed form, payment, and a valid ID can also be sent by mail to:

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
ATTN: Records & ID Division, Cases Section
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193

Each request must include a copy of a valid, government-issued photo identification card as well as the appropriate fee. The Sheriff’s Department charges $10 for a local criminal record. All fees are payable to the San Diego County Sheriff and accepted as a money order or check. Cash is acceptable for in-person requests.

Individuals interested in state criminal background checks should complete the Live Scan Form (Spanish). Select and write “Record Review” in “Type of Application” and “Reason for Application”. The completed form should be taken to any of the other Live Scan Locations in Siskiyou county for fingerprinting.

How to Find San Diego County Sex Offender Information?

The California Department of Justice maintains a database of registered sex offenders in the state. Pursuant to the Penal Code §290.46, this registry includes the addresses of all sex offenders including transient and sexually violent ones. This database is available on the state’s Megan’s Law website. The public can search for individual sex offenders by name and address from the homepage. To find a list of all registered sex offenders living in San Diego County, visit the search page and select San Diego from the County drop-down menu.

How do I Visit an Inmate in San Diego County Jail?

San Diego County has seven detention facilities, namely:

  • East Mesa Reentry Facility
  • Facility 8 Detention Facility
  • George Bailey Detention Facility
  • Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility
  • San Diego Central Jail
  • South Bay Detention Facility
  • Vista Detention Facility

Their addresses, contact information, and a link giving details of each facility’s visitation schedules are below:

East Mesa Reentry Facility
446 Alta Rd, Suite 5200
San Diego, CA 92158
(619) 210-0334
Visit Schedule

Facility 8 Detention Facility
446 Alta Rd, Suite 5300
San Diego, CA 92158
(619) 210-0327
Visit Schedule

George Bailey Detention Facility
446 Alta Rd, Suite 5300
San Diego, CA 92158
(619) 210-0385
Visit Schedule

Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility
451 Riverview Parkway
Santee, CA 92071
(619) 402-1312
Visit Schedule

San Diego Central Jail
1173 Front St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 610-1647
Visit Schedule

South Bay Detention Facility
500 Third Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 213-1433
Visit Schedule

Vista Detention Facility
325 S. Melrose Dr, Suite 200
Vista, CA 92081
(760) 936-0014
Visit Schedule

There is also general information about these detention facilities.

Where and How to Find San Diego County Inmate Information?

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department keeps inmate records for all inmates in the different jails all over the county. To find an inmate, use the inmate lookup tool available on the Sheriff’s Department’s website. In addition to inmate location, the tool also provides inmate information like charges, next court date, and projected release date. To ask more questions about inmates and jails, the public can call any of the jails in the county at these phone numbers:

  • San Diego Central Jail (619) 610-1647
  • Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility (619) 402-1312
  • Vista Detention Facility (760) 936-0014
  • George Bailey Detention Facility (619) 210-0385
  • South Bay Detention Facility (619) 213-1433
  • East Mesa Reentry Facility (619) 210-0334
  • Facility 8 Detention Facility (619) 210-0327

What are San Diego County Court Records?

The Superior Court of California, San Diego County keeps all court records for the county. There are three ways to obtain copies of these records: online, in-person, and by mail requests. The online search database only has court records for cases tried after 2011. To find records in person, go to the courthouse where the case was filed and submit a request at least 30 minutes before office closing time. Most court locations have computer access terminals to help visitors find case numbers.

For old cases tried between 1880 and 1964, visit the Central Division Central Records to find case information. Central Records is located at:

Central Courthouse Older Records
1100 Union Street
14th floor
San Diego, CA 92101

The office is open between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. Friday’s business hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. These older records are microfilmed and stored in large, hardbound books. The office accepts telephone requests for searches and charges $15 for searches that take longer than 10 minutes. Shorter searches are free.

The Superior Court of California, San Diego County only accepts requests to copy old and recent records in person. Copy fee is 50 cents per page and $15 to certify an old document and $25 for a post-1964 document. Off-site records retrieval also attracts additional charges. There is a standard fee of $19, a $21 charge for expedited requests delivered the same day, and a $28 fee for pulling records within three hours of requesting them.

Mail requests also incur the same charges including search fees. A mail request must include case number, name of parties involved, and name of documents needed. The court accepts payment by check, money order, and credit card. Cash is also acceptable for in-person requests.

Location of all Courts in San Diego County

San Diego County has one Superior Court, with eight centers. The addresses and contact information of San Diego County Superior Courts are below:

San Diego County Superior Court - Central Courthouse
220 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 450-5700

San Diego County Superior Court - East County Regional Center
250 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 456-4100
Phone: (619) 456-4238 (Juvenile Dependency)

San Diego County Superior Court - Hall of Justice
330 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 450-7275
Phone: (858) 634-1919 (Small Claims)

San Diego County Superior Court - Juvenile Courthouse
2851 Meadow Lark Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 634-1600

San Diego County Superior Court - Kearny Mesa Courthouse
8950 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 634-1800

San Diego County Superior Court - New Central Courthouse
1100 Union Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 844-2700

San Diego County Superior Court - North County Regional Center
325 South Melrose Drive
Vista, CA 92081
Phone: (760) 201-8600
Phone: (760) 201-8500 (Traffic Minor Offenses)

San Diego County Superior Court - South County Regional Center
500 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 746-6200

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

What are San Diego County Vital Records?

San Diego County vital records are official documents that serve as proof that certain vital events occurred within the county. Vital records include birth records, divorce records, marriage records, and death records. Not every vital record is open to the public. Divorce records are available at the courthouses. The San Diego County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder provides access to San Diego County records of marriages, births, and deaths in Siskiyou County.

Where and How to Get San Diego County Divorce Records?

San Diego County divorce records are kept at the courthouse where the divorce was decided. Hence, interested individuals are to visit or contact the court that has the divorce record of interest. Below are the addresses and contact information of the courts that handle divorce cases in San Diego County:

San Diego County Superior Court - Central Courthouse
220 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 450-5700

San Diego County Superior Court - East County Regional Center
250 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 456-4100

San Diego County Superior Court - North County Regional Center
325 South Melrose Drive
Vista, CA 92081
Phone: (760) 201-8600
Phone: (760) 201-8500 (Traffic Minor Offenses)

San Diego County Superior Court - South County Regional Center
500 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 746-6200

Where and How to Get San Diego County Marriage Records?

The Office of the San Diego County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder keeps records of marriages performed within the county. Marriage records can be requested in person or by mail. A marriage record costs $15. Marriage records are in two forms: non-confidential marriage records and confidential marriage records. Access to non-confidential marriage records is restricted to the following persons:

  • One of the married persons
  • Their child or grandchild
  • A parent or legal guardian of any of the married persons
  • A grandparent
  • A sibling
  • A domestic partner of a registrant
  • An individual with a court order
  • A member of a law enforcement agency
  • A representative of a governmental agency provided by law that is carrying out official business (Authorization is required for companies that are representing government agencies)
  • An agent or attorney representing any of the married persons or their estate (A Certified Copy under a power of attorney is required)

Confidential marriage records are accessible only to:

  • Any of the married persons; and
  • A person with a court order

Notwithstanding the type of marriage record requested, an applicant needs to provide the following information:

  • The full legal names of the married couple
  • The date of the marriage.

To request a marriage record, fill out the applicable form:

Attach payment, a valid ID, and any other document required by the form and submit to:

Mailing address for applications:

San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
P.O. Box 121750
San Diego, CA 92112-1750

Office locations for in-person Applications:

San Diego Assessor/Clerk/Recorder Main Office
County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

East County Office and Archives (Santee)
10144 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071

Chula Vista Office
590 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910

San Marcos Office
141 East Carmel Street
San Marcos, CA 92078

Kearny Mesa Office
9225 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92123

For mail requests, make sure to add ATTN: Marriage Record to the address to direct the request to the right section.

Where and How to Get San Diego County Birth Records?

San Diego County birth records are in the custody of the San Diego County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder. They can be obtained by mail or in-person for a fee of $28 each. Birth records are accessible to the following persons alone:

  • The record owner
  • The spouse or domestic partner of the record owner
  • A parent, legal guardian, grandparent of the record owner
  • A child or grandchild of the record owner
  • Siblings of the record owner
  • A person with a court order
  • An attorney or a licensed adoption agency that needs the record to comply with Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code
  • A law enforcement agent
  • A representative of any governmental agency provided by law that is carrying out official business
  • The record owner or estate’s attorney or agent

A requester will need the following information to make a request:

  • The full name on the birth record
  • The mother’s full maiden name
  • The date of birth

To obtain a birth record, complete the in-person request form (Spanish) or the mail request form (Spanish). Submit the completed form, along with payment and a copy of a valid ID to:

Mailing address for applications:

San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
P.O. Box 121750
San Diego, CA 92112-1750

Office locations for in-person Applications:

San Diego Assessor/Clerk/Recorder Main Office
County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

East County Office and Archives (Santee)
10144 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071

Chula Vista Office
590 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910

San Marcos Office
141 East Carmel Street
San Marcos, CA 92078

Kearny Mesa Office
9225 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92123

For mail requests, make sure to add ATTN: Birth Record to the address to direct the request to the right section.

Where and How to Get San Diego County Death Records?

The Assessor/Clerk/Records maintains San Diego County death records. Death records can be obtained in person or by mail for $21. Death records can be requested by eligible individuals alone. These persons include:

  • The parent or legal guardian of the decedent
  • The spouse or domestic of the decedent
  • A child or grandchild of the decedent
  • A person with a court order
  • An attorney or a licensed adoption agency that requires the record in order to comply with Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code
  • A law enforcement agent
  • A representative of any governmental agency provided by law that is carrying out official business
  • The agent or attorney of the decedent or their estate
  • Any funeral director who requests certified copies of a death record for any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100

Requesters will be required to provide the following information:

  • The full name of the decedent
  • The date of death.

Fill out the Death Record by Mail or In-Person request form (Spanish). Enclose payment and a valid ID and submit to:

Mailing address for applications:

San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
P.O. Box 121750
San Diego, CA 92112-1750

Office locations for in-person Applications:

San Diego Assessor/Clerk/Recorder Main Office
County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

East County Office and Archives (Santee)
10144 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071

Chula Vista Office
590 3rd Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910

San Marcos Office
141 East Carmel Street
San Marcos, CA 92078

Kearny Mesa Office
9225 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92123

For mail requests, make sure to add ATTN: Death Record to the address to direct the request to the right section

Are Property Records Open to the Public in San Diego County?

Property records are publicly accessible in San Diego County. Members of the public can view, inspect, and obtain copies of records on the assessed value, sales listings, and ownership of properties in the county by submitting requests to the records custodian.

Where and How to Find Property Records in San Diego County

The San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk is the custodian of property records for the county. The County Assessor collects, maintains, and disseminates property-related records that contain information on property assessment, ownership, tax, maps, and sales. Individuals can obtain these records from the County Administration Center in person or with the mail, phone, and online services provided by the Assessor located at:

San Diego Assessor Main Office
County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway,
Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 236-3771

How to Look Up San Diego County Property Records

The San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk provides online, phone, mail, and in-person services for individuals to access property records. Individuals can search for records like property assessment value, property characteristics, parcel maps, and property sale on the online index maintained by the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk. Individuals can perform up to 25 searches on the site for free within a 30-day period, after which users have to subscribe. Researchers can also purchase recorded documents for a fee. For other services, visit the website or contact the San Diego County Assessor offices at:

San Diego Assessor Main Office
County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway,
Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 236-3771

East County Office and Archives (Santee)
10144 Mission Gorge Road,
Santee, CA 92071

San Marcos Office
141 East Carmel Street,
San Marcos, CA 92078

Chula Vista Office
590 3rd Avenue,
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Kearny Mesa Office
9225 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard,
San Diego, CA 92123

Location of San Diego County Property Assessor

San Diego Assessor Main Office
County Administration Center
1600 Pacific Highway,
Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 236-3771

East County Office and Archives (Santee)
10144 Mission Gorge Road,
Santee, CA 92071

San Marcos Office
141 East Carmel Street,
San Marcos, CA 92078

Chula Vista Office
590 3rd Avenue,
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Kearny Mesa Office
9225 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard,
San Diego, CA 92123