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San Francisco County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are San Francisco County Arrest Records?

San Francisco County arrest records are official documents offering pertinent information about arrests in the county. These include details on the arrestee like names, mugshots, and physical descriptors. Arrest records also have information on the arresting officer and agency. The San Francisco Police Department is responsible for generating arrest records and providing them to interested individuals.

How Do I Get San Francisco County Police Reports?

Individuals interested in obtaining a San Francisco County police report may do so by completing a Request for Police Form and submitting it in person to any San Francisco County Police Station’s records department. All stations are open and attend to individuals from Monday through Friday during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Individuals may also obtain San Francisco County police reports by mailing requests and stamped, self-addressed envelopes (for return) to the address below:

San Francisco Police Department:
Records Management
1245 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

Crime Statistics

Crime data for San Francisco County show that there were 6,334 violent crimes and 54,659 property crimes in 2017, the last year with a complete record. These figures represent a 1.51% and 11.81% increase in violent and property crimes than the previous year. In 2017, robbery was the most common violent crime, with 3,220 incidents, followed by aggravated assault with 2,658 cases. There were 367 rapes, 56 homicides, and 33 cases of human trafficking. Larceny-theft was the most common property crime, with 44,587 incidents. Burglary and auto theft came distant second and third with 4,935 and 4,834 cases, respectively, while arson had 303 reported cases.

These figures show that homicide (3.45%), human trafficking (32.65%), burglary (0.86%), and auto theft (11.03%) rates reduced compared to the previous year. However, rape (7.31%), robbery (1.42%), aggravated assault (1.61%), larceny-theft (20.53%), and arson (18.36%) experienced year-on-year increases.

What are San Francisco County Criminal Records?

Law enforcement agencies in San Francisco County compile criminal records when the courts convict an arrestee. These official documents detail the offender’s path from initial arrest through trial, ending with incarceration and probation. Criminal records typically include arrest records, court records, and inmate information. In San Francisco County, the Police Department and the Superior Court provide criminal history information to eligible requesters.

How Do I Get San Francisco County Criminal Records?

San Francisco criminal records are not public information and are only available to the person named on the document, and specific employers like public utilities, law enforcement, security guard firms, and child care facilities. Eligible requesters may obtain San Francisco County criminal records by querying the SFPD ID Bureau in person, email, or mail service. The Bureau handles all requests during business hours 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

SFPD ID Bureau
850 Bryant Street,
Room 475
Phone: (415) 553-1415

How to Find San Francisco County Sex Offender Information?

Information on registered sex offenders living in San Francisco County is obtainable statewide on the California Megan’s Law website. According to Section 290 of the California Penal Code, sex offenders living in the state must re-register every year to keep the database up-to-date. Anyone can search on the website for sex offenders by name and address. To find a list of registered sex offenders in a San Francisco County, interested individuals can go to the search page and select San Francisco from the County drop-down menu.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in San Francisco County Jail?

Individuals who want to visit San Francisco County inmates must first locate the individual using the Sheriff’s “Find a Person in Jail” search tool. Visitors must then register a visitor’s account with the sheriff’s online scheduler and use the inmate’s number to schedule an appointment. To register, visitors must provide:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Home address as printed on official ID; and
  • Phone number

Visitors may bring up to two people along and must register guests’ information when booking visits online. All visitors must check into the facility at least fifteen minutes before visitation time. Visitors must dress appropriately in non-revealing clothes with shoes. All visitors and their belongings may be subject to search.

Where and How to Find San Francisco County Inmate Information?

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department provides county inmate information via it's inmate search tool. To find an inmate with the search tool, researchers must provide a first name and last name or the inmate’s booking number. Visitors can also schedule meetings, add money to inmate accounts, and find jail locations from the webpage.

What are San Francisco County Court Records?

In San Francisco, court records are official documents that detail official court proceedings from initial filing to judgment. The Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, keeps all records for the county’s various courts. In addition to records related to civil, criminal, juvenile, and probate cases, the court also makes administrative records available to the public.

Location of All Courts in San Francisco County

San Francisco County Superior Court - Civic Center Courthouse
400 McAllister Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 551-4000

San Francisco County Superior Court - Community Justice Center
575 Polk Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 551-3837

San Francisco County Superior Court - Hall of Justice
850 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 551-0651

San Francisco County Superior Court - Juvenile Justice Center
375 Woodside Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94127
Phone: (415) 682-5100

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What are San Francisco County Vital Records?

In San Francisco, vital records are official documents that mark the occurrence of significant life events. The San Francisco County Clerk maintains all vital records for the county. These include birth, death, and marriage records. Statewide, the California Department of Public Health provides vital records and makes them available to the public.

Where and How to Get San Francisco County Divorce Records?

The San Francisco Superior Court Clerk provides divorce records to interested individuals. To obtain divorce records, requesters may complete a Civil Records Request Form and submit it in person to the Public Viewing Room located at the end of Room 103, Civic Center Courthouse. If mailing a request, individuals must include a check or money order made payable to “San Francisco Superior Court” with “NOT TO EXCEED $50” in the memo line. The cost of a certified divorce record is $12, excluding a copy fee of fifty cents per page.

San Francisco Superior Court
400 McAllister Street, Room 103
ATTN: Records Clerk
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 551-3802

Where and How to Get San Francisco County Marriage Records?

The San Francisco Clerk issues public and confidential marriage licenses for $107 apiece. Issuance of duplicate marriage licenses attracts a $23 fee while a domestic partnership filing has a charge of $57, and an amendment to marriage license has a $29 price. The County Clerk charges a non-refundable fee of $15 to search for marriage records. Certification incurs an additional $15 for each copy. To obtain a certified copy of a confidential marriage certificate, requesters may download and complete the relevant form, attach a valid photo ID, and submit it in person.

San Francisco County Clerk
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 168
San Francisco, CA 94102-4678

Where and How to Get San Francisco County Birth Records?

The San Francisco County Clerk maintains birth records and makes them available to the public. The County Clerk charges the general public $25 for each birth record search and offers the same service to government agencies for $19. Certifying a birth record attracts $25 for the public and $19 for government agencies. Death records are available to the public and government agencies for $21. Certification incurs an additional $21. All fees are payable to SF County Clerk in cash, debit/credit card, money order, and check.

San Francisco County Clerk
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 168
San Francisco, CA 94102-4678

Where and How to Get San Francisco County Death Records?

The San Francisco County Clerk maintains death records and makes them available to the public. Death records are open to the public and government agencies for $21. Certification incurs an additional $21. All fees are payable to SF County Clerk in cash, debit or credit card, money order, and check.

San Francisco County Clerk
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 168
San Francisco, CA 94102-4678

Are Property Records Open to the Public in San Francisco City and County?

San Francisco property records are open to the public, per the California Public Records Act. The San Francisco Assessor-Recorder is in charge of all property records in the county.

Where and How to Find Property Records in San Francisco City and County

San Francisco property records are available online and physically at the County Assessor-Recorder’s office. Property records cost $3 per page and can be ordered via mail or in person. Certification of property records is $1 per document. Contact the Assessor - Recorder’s office from 8: 00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m. for property records at:

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder’s Office
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall Room 190
San Francisco, CA 94102-4698
Phone: (415) 554-5596
Fax: (415) 554-7915
Email: assessor@sfgov.org

How to Look Up San Francisco City and County Property Records

San Francisco City and County property records from January 1, 1990, to date, are accessible using the search tool on the Assessor-Recorder’s site. Property records preceding 1990 are only searchable using the computer systems available at the Assessor- Recorder’s office at:

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder’s Office
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall Room 190
San Francisco, CA 94102-4698
Phone: (415) 554-5596
Fax: (415) 554-7915
Email: assessor@sfgov.org

Location of San Francisco City and County Property Assessors

Here is a list of all locations of the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder and their contact information:

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder’s Office
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall Room 190
San Francisco, CA 94102-4698
Phone: (415) 554-5596
Fax: (415) 554-7915
Email: assessor@sfgov.org

Business Personal Property Division
1155 Market Street Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 554-5531
Fax: (415) 554-5544
Email: askbpp@sfgov.org