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San Marcos Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are San Marcos City Public Records?

California’s Public Records Law defines public records to include any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics. The law also defines a state agency as every state office, officer, department, division, bureau, board, and commission, or other state body or agency unless those excluded by law.

San Marcos City Crime Statistics

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) published its latest mid-year crime report in September 2019. According to the publication, the San Marcos Sheriff reported 528 index crimes from January to July 2019. The city's violent crime and property crime totals were 100 and 428, respectively. The number of crimes by offense; nine rape offenses, 24 robberies, 67 aggravated assaults, 67 burglaries, 306 larcenies, 55 motor vehicle thefts. There was no record of homicide and arson in the city as of when SANDAG published this report. San Marcos' crime rate was an estimated 1,103 crimes per 100,000 people. Comparing the 2019 mid-year data to the 2018 mid-year report, the city's index crime and index crime rate dipped by 18%, violent crimes increased by 19%, and property crimes decreased by 23%.

Are San Marcos City Criminal Records Public?

The California Department of Justice maintains criminal records in the US state of California. Access to these criminal histories is restricted by law to legitimate law enforcement purposes and authorized applicant agencies. However, people can request a copy of their criminal history records to review for accuracy and completeness. Requests from third parties are unauthorized and are usually not processed.

How to Obtain San Marcos City Police Reports and Arrest Records

Interested parties can obtain copies of their arrest records from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. San Marcos city police and arrest records are available for both in-person and mail requests. For in-person requests, applicants may have to visit the Sheriff’s station that wrote the arrest report or responded to the incident. Anyone can also complete and submit a Service Request Form to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Records and ID Division at 9261 Ridgehaven Ct, San Diego, CA 92193.

The Service Request Form is available in English and Spanish from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department website. People requesting by mail may have to send the form alongside a copy of a valid, government-issued photo identification card, and money order or check issued by a California bank, for the appropriate fee to:

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

The Sheriff’s Department charges $20 for a copy of an arrest, crime, or accident report. However, the first copy of a crime or accident report is available for free to victims or their representatives. Cash is acceptable for in-person requests.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in San Marcos City

The State of California Department of Justice maintains an online repository of registered sex offenders. It is open to most public, and people can search for San Marcos City sex offenders by city, address, zip code, county, or name. Searches show pictures and names of registered sex offenders and their offenses. Again, anyone can conduct location-based searches to discover sex offenders living in their neighborhood.

How to Find San Marcos City Inmate Records

The San Diego County jails are responsible for housing inmates for all the county’s municipalities, including San Marcos City. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department keeps inmate records for all inmates in the different jails all over the county, and requesters can find inmates using the inmate lookup tool available on the Sheriff’s Department’s website. The lookup tool also provides inmate information like charges, next court date, and projected release date.

At the state level, the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (CDCR) keeps records of inmates at the San Diego Correctional inmate facilities and other California parts. People can also use the CDCR online inmate locator to find adult inmates held by the CDCR. Anyone can Search the inmate locator utilizing the inmate’s name or known inmate number. The CDCR may keep away from the public specific information on some inmates for safety or security reasons. Again information on inmates recently admitted may be unavailable for several days until the portal is updated. The CDCR also provides an interactive online facility locator.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in San Marcos City Jail?

The San Diego County jails serve all the municipalities in the county, including San Marcos City. San Marcos City residents who want to visit inmates may have to go to:

LAS COLINAS DETENTION & REENTRY FACILITY
451 Riverview Parkway
Santee, CA 92071
Phone: (619) 402-1312

VISTA DETENTION FACILITY
325 S. Melrose Dr., #200
Vista, CA 92081
Phone: (760) 936-0014

SAN DIEGO CENTRAL JAIL
1173 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 610-1647

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department operates the San Diego Central Jail (“SDCJ”), Las Colinas Detention Facility, and the Vista Detention Facility. The SDCJ serves as the primary booking station for male arrestees in San Diego County. Simultaneously, the county takes female inmates to the Las Colinas Detention Facility or the Vista Detention Facility. People wishing to visit inmates may have to schedule their visit at least one day ahead of time.

Inmates are allowed two 30-minute visits per week. Visitation is typically non-contact and takes place through a visit window using telephone handsets. Visitation with inmates receiving medical treatment occurs via television sets (known as “tele-visiting”). In-person visiting hours are Wednesdays to Sundays, while tele-visiting is Friday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 6:45 pm. Attorneys are not restricted to these hours or visit limits. They have access to inmates every day and at any time. Visitors 16 years and older may have to present a valid government-issued I.D.

Court Records

The California trial court system consists of only Superior Courts. California has a unified court system, so all court proceedings are conducted in Superior Courts. Superior Courts arrangement is by case type. Divisions within a Superior Court may include Civil, Criminal, Family, Probate, Juvenile, Traffic, and Small Claims. These courts also serve the residents of San Marcos City.

Locations of Courts in San Marcos City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are San Marcos City Court Records Public?

By the California Rules of Court, all San Marcos City court records are open to the public unless they are confidential or sealed by law. Anyone can request copies of these court documents. However, requesters may have to pay a fee for obtaining the records.

Can You Look Up a San Marcos City Court Case Online?

Requesters can look up San Marcos City court cases online. The Superior Court of San Diego maintains an online index of matters heard in the court. People can also request a copy of a file or view the file directly at the courthouse. Unless confidential or sealed by law, all court records are public records and open to public inspection.

How to Obtain San Marcos City Civil Court Case Records

Applicants can contact the San Marcos City clerk for more information on obtaining San Marcos City civil court records at:

1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1050 3105
Fax: (760) 744-9058

The Superior Court of San Diego provides a searchable online index of cases held in the court. Requesters can obtain copies of San Marcos City Civil court case records in person or by mail at the courthouse where the file is. Requesters may have to provide the case number, the names of the parties involved, and the courthouse’s location of the matter. People who wish to obtain records by mail may have to accompany their requests with the appropriate fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The court charges $0.50 for each page of the records. Requesters can make payments by check, money order, cash, or credit card.

For old cases tried between 1880 and 1964, requesters may have to visit the Central Division Central Records to find the records:

Central Courthouse Older Records
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, and 8:30 am to 12.00 pm on Fridays. These older records are microfilmed and stored in large, hardbound books. The office accepts telephone requests for searches and charges $15 for inquiries that take longer than 10 minutes.

How to Obtain San Marcos City Criminal Court Records

Requesters can contact the San Marcos City clerk for more information on obtaining San Marcos City criminal court records at:

1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1050 3105
Fax: (760) 744-9058

The Superior Court of San Diego provides a searchable online index of cases held in the court. Requesters can obtain copies of San Marcos City Criminal court case records in person or by mail at the courthouse where the file is. Requesters may have to provide the case number, the names of the parties involved, and the courthouse’s location of the matter. People who wish to obtain records by mail may have to accompany their requests with the appropriate fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The court charges $0.50 for each page of the records, and requesters can make payments by check, money order, cash, or credit card.

For old cases tried between 1880 and 1964, requesters may have to visit the Central Division Central Records to find the records:

Central Courthouse Older Records
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, and 8:30 am to 12.00 pm on Fridays. These older records are microfilmed and stored in large, hardbound books. The office accepts telephone requests for searches and charges $15 for inquiries that take longer than 10 minutes.

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

What are San Marcos City Vital Records?

San Marcos City vital records are records of life events that occurred in the city. These recorded life events include birth, marriage, divorce, and death. Most vital records of the US state of California are open to the public. However, access to a San Marcos City vital record will depend on the type of document and the year in which it occurred. People can either obtain certified copies of San Marcos City vital records or informational copies. People can use Certified copies for official identification, while informational documents do not pass for establishing identity.

The government only issues certified copies to requesters who show a “direct and tangible interest.” Certified copies are accessible by only the named registrant, immediate family members, legal guardians, or anyone with written authorization. In compliance with the California Public Records Act (CPRA), citizens have the right to inspect or obtain copies of public records. Anyone can search for public birth, death, marriage, or divorce records by contacting the official record custodian. However, to obtain authorized copies of a vital record, requesters may have to provide a government-issued I.D proving their eligibility and a notarized certificate of acknowledgment or sworn statement alongside their application.

Where and How to Obtain San Marcos City Divorce Records

The San Marcos City Clerk handles all divorce records for the city. To obtain San Marcos City divorce records, applicants can call (760) 744-1050, send an email to the San Marcos City Clerk or submit a completed Request Form to:

City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 920

Also, the San Diego Superior Court keeps records of divorces granted in the county. People can get certified copies of divorce decrees in person or by mail. However, to get a certified copy of a final divorce decree, they may have to provide the divorce proceedings’ case number. Anyone can find the case number of a divorce proceeding by:

  • Searching the court’s online index Searches can be made for a case number using the party name. The online index contains divorces filed after 1974.
  • Contacting the filing office of the divorce
  • Visiting the Central Records office located at:

Union Street, 14th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

The office opens between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. every weekday, and requesters may have to include a stamped self-addressed envelope while submitting their mail requests. Certified copies of divorce records cost $15.00 and 50 cents per copy page. Requesters may have to pay additional fees for copies of documents retrieved from off-site storage.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in San Marcos City

The San Marcos City Clerk is responsible for keeping and preserving all confidential marriage records of the city. Interested people can call (760) 744-1050, send an email to the San Marcos City Clerk or submit a completed Request Form at:

City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 920

Not all marriage records in the US state of California are available for public inspection. Confidential marriage records are accessible by the parties’ names on the marriage records.

Requesters can submit applications for marriage certificates to the San Marcos Office of the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego county at:

141 E. Carmel St.
San Marcos, CA 92078

The San Diego county’s Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk office maintains marriage records for marriage licenses issued in San Diego. Only parties to a confidential marriage can receive a copy of the San Marcos Confidential marriage record. Still, anyone with a court order can also access San Marcos confidential marriage records. However, requesters may have to attach the original Court Order to the application. Eligible Requesters may have to complete an application and sign the sworn statement in a County Clerk’s presence. They may also have to present valid photo identification. Those who are not authorized by law to receive a confidential marriage record may request a “Letter Confirming the Existence of a Marriage.”

Requesters may have to provide the following information:

  • Full legal names of the parties to the marriage
  • The date of the marriage.

A confidential marriage certificate costs $15.00. Requesters can make a cash payment or by check/money order made payable to the "San Diego Recorder/Clerk.”

Where and How to Get Public San Marcos City Marriage Records

The San Marcos City Clerk is liable for maintaining and preserving all San Marcos marriage records. Petitioners can also call (760) 744-1050, send an email to the City Clerk, or submit a completed Request Form to:

City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 920

The San Diego county’s Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk office maintains marriage records for marriage licenses issued in San Diego. Non Confidential marriage records are accessible to only eligible requesters that include:

  • A registrant (one of the two persons listed on the marriage certificate)
  • People are entitled to the record as a result of a court order. They may have to include the original court order in the application.
  • A parent or legal guardian of a registrant
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business. (Companies representing a government agency must provide authorization from the government agency).
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of a registrant
  • An attorney who is representing a registrant or a registrant's estate
  • Anyone or agency empowered by statute
  • Anyone appointed by a court to act on behalf of a registrant or a registrant's estate

Requesters may have to provide the following to access a certified copy of a Non-Confidential Marriage Certificate:

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

Requesters can submit applications for non-confidential Marriage certificates to the San Marcos Office of the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego county at:

141 E. Carmel St.
San Marcos, CA 92078

A Non-Confidential marriage certificate costs $15.00. Requesters can make a cash payment or by check/money order made payable to the "San Diego Recorder/Clerk.”

Where and How to Find San Marcos City Birth Records

The San Marcos City Clerk is responsible for managing and protecting all San Marcos Birth Records. Requesters can also call (760) 744-1050, send an email to the San Marcos City Clerk, or submit a completed Request Form to:

City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 920

The Office of Vital Records and Statistics of the San Diego County government maintains and issues birth records from 1958 to the present. Eligible requesters can obtain San Marcos City birth records from the office of Vital Records and statistics in person or by the mail by completing an application form for birth records to:

The HHSA Office of Vital Records MS P529
Rosecrans Street
Suite 802
San Diego, CA 92110

The form should indicate if the request is for an authorized or informational certified copy. People may have to provide notarized sworn statements declaring their eligibility to obtain authorized copies of birth certificates. However, anyone can get certified informal copies of San Marcos City birth records without fulfilling the requirement of a sworn statement. To facilitate the record search, requesters may have to provide the subject’s mother’s full maiden name, date of birth, and birthplace. The department charges $28 for copies of San Marcos City birth records. Requesters may have to make either by cashier’s check, money order, or check made payable to the County of San Diego Public Health Services.

Where and How to Find San Marcos City Death Records

The San Marcos City Clerk maintains and protects all San Marcos City death records. Applicants can call (760) 744-1050 3105, send an email to the San Marcos City Clerk, or submit a completed Request Form to:

City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 920

Alternatively, the Office of Vital Records and Statistics of the San Diego County government maintains and issues death records from 1958. Eligible requesters can obtain San Marcos City death records from the office of Vital Records and statistics in person or by the mail by completing an application form for death records to:

The HHSA Office of Vital Records MS P529
Rosecrans Street
Suite 802
San Diego, CA 92110

The form should indicate if the request is for an authorized or informational certified copy. People may have to provide notarized sworn statements declaring their eligibility to obtain authorized copies of San Marcos death certificates. However, anyone can get informational certified copies of San Marcos City death records without fulfilling the requirement of a sworn statement. Requesters may have to provide the subject’s mother’s full maiden name, the subject’s date of birth, and place of birth. The department charges $21 for copies of San Marcos City death records. Requesters may have to make either by cashier’s check, money order, or check made payable to the County of San Diego Public Health Services.