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San Mateo County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are San Mateo County Arrest Records?

San Mateo County arrest records are official documents under the purview of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. They provide summary reports about apprehensions carried out within the county. Arrest records also include details about arrest warrants issued and the number of alleged crimes committed by persons within the county. To obtain a San Mateo arrest record, visit or contact the Sheriff’s Office at:

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363-4911
(650) 363-4525

Crime Statistics

Crime statistics for San Mateo County show that there were 12,823 misdemeanor arrests and 3,758 felony arrests in 2017, the last year with a complete record. These figures represent a slight uptick in felony (2.5%) arrests compared to the previous year and a significant drop in misdemeanor (9.5%) arrest rates. A closer look at felony arrests reveals that violent offenses (1,415) were responsible for most of the felony arrests. It is followed by property, drug, and sex offenses with 950, 303, and 100 incidents respectively.

San Mateo County crime data also show that there were 1,928 violent crimes in 2017 as well as 15,142 property crimes and 92 cases of arson. Aggravated assault was the most commonly reported violent crime with 1,029 cases. There were also 567 robberies, 325 rapes, and 7 homicides in San Mateo County in 2017. The leading property crime was larceny with 11,055 cases followed by burglary with 2,481 cases and motor vehicle theft with 1,606 incidents. Only homicide (22.2%), burglary (17.8%), and motor vehicle theft (1.3%) rates reduced compared to 2016 figures. There were year-on-year increments in rape (30%), robbery (21.9%), aggravated assault (13.6%), larceny (7.8%), and arson (23.4%) incidences.

What are San Mateo County Criminal Records?

San Mateo County criminal records are official documents that provide comprehensive information on the criminal history of persons within the county. San Mateo criminal records are also known as rap sheets. They consist of the record subject’s names, arrests reports, indictments, convictions, and sentences. The California Department of Justice processes background checks for the counties in California. It provides individuals with access to their own criminal records. Law enforcement agencies and employers can conduct background checks on residents of the state.

How Do I Get San Mateo County Criminal Records?

San Mateo County residents can request criminal records by filling out the Live Scan Form (also available in Spanish). Select and write “Record Review” in the area titled for “Type of Application” and “Reason for Application”. Take the filled-out form to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office or any of the other Live Scan Locations in San Mateo County for fingerprinting. Fingerprint scans are done from Monday to Friday at $39 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (650) 573-2801 or (650) 599-1570 to schedule an appointment. Accepted means of payment is cash. The locations of the Sheriff’s Office are below:

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department
500 California Avenue
Moss Beach, CA 94038
(650) 573-2801

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department
400 Co. Center
3rd Floor Hallway
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 599-1570

Note that DOJ/FBI fees will apply depending on the type of background check requested.

How to Find San Mateo County Sex Offender Information?

The California Department of Justice maintains a database of registered sex offenders living in all counties in the state. This registry is available on the California Megan’s Law website. Anyone can access it to find a sex offender by name or search for sex offenders living in the proximity of an address. To pull a list of all registered sex offenders living in San Mateo County, use the map search tool and select San Mateo from the drop-down list of California counties.

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

San Mateo County has two correctional facilities where the county’s inmates are incarcerated. They are the Maguire Correctional Facility and Maple Street Correctional Facility. Inmates visits at both facilities are pre-scheduled online or at the kiosk in the lobby of the correctional facility. At the Maguire Correctional Facility, inmates receive visitors for 45 minutes twice a week. Visiting days are from Monday to Sunday. The visiting times on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. On Monday and Wednesday, it is between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. On Saturday, it is from 12:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The Maguire Correctional Facility is located at:

Maguire Correctional Facility
300 Bradford Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363-4000, extension 6070 or 6071

Inmate visits at the Maple Street Correctional Center are for 45 minutes, twice a week. Visiting days are Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The visiting time for Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Visiting time on Saturday is between the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The Maple Street Correctional Center is located at:

Maple Street Correctional Center
1300 Maple Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 599-3000

Where and How to Find San Mateo County Inmate Information?

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office keeps up-to-date records of all persons arrested and booked into the county’s jails. To find an individual inmate, use the locator tool on the Sheriff's website. The search tool requires enquirers to enter both first and last names of the inmates they want to find.

What are San Mateo County Court Records?

San Mateo County court records are documents that consist of information about cases and court proceedings of the San Mateo County Superior Court. They comprise information like transcripts of trials, affidavits, submitted evidence, and case files. The California Superior Court in San Mateo County keeps all court records for the county. Most of these records are publicly accessible on the website of the court. The court provides two systems for accessing cases online. Use the MIDX system to find index information for cases tried in civil, criminal, family, probate, and small claims courts. The public can search for cases with the MIDX system by providing information such as name, file date, and case number. The Odyssey Public Portal provides additional case information and allows anyone to view documents for non-sealed, non-confidential cases.

Anyone can also search for case records from the public access computers placed in the lobby of the Superior Court’s Records Management Office located at:

Hall of Justice and Records
400 County Center
1st Floor
Room A
Redwood City, CA 94063

The location is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Records Management Office also accepts in-person and mail requests for court records. It provides copies of cases heard in civil, family law, and probate courts. For criminal case records, visit or send a mail request to:

San Mateo Superior Court
Criminal Division
400 County Center
4th Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063

This office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Court Clerk charges 50 cents per side for copies of all court records and $1 to compare prepared copies with records on file. Certified copies attract an additional fee of $25 per document while the charge for exemplification of records is $50.

Location of All Courts in San Mateo County

San Mateo County has one Superior Court with five branches. The addresses and contact information of the five branches of San Mateo County Superior are below:

San Mateo County Superior Courts

San Mateo County Superior Court - Central Branch
800 North Humboldt Street
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: (650) 363-4300 (Traffic)

San Mateo County Superior Court - Juvenile Branch
222 Paul Scannell Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 261-5100

San Mateo County Superior Court - Northern Branch
1050 Mission Road
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone: (650) 261-5080 (Family Court Services)

San Mateo County Superior Court - Southern Branch
Hall of Justice and Records
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 261-5100 (Civil, Family Law, Probate)
Phone: (650) 261-5200 (Criminal)
Phone: (650) 261-5015 (Small Claims)

San Mateo County Superior Court - Southern Branch Annex
500 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 363-4300 (Traffic)

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What are San Mateo County Vital Records?

San Mateo County vital records are official documents that provide information about vital events that happened within the county. San Mateo vital records include records of divorces, marriages, births, and deaths. Not all of San Mateo vital records are open to the public. The San Mateo County Superior Court maintains the divorce records of the county. The San Mateo County Clerk-Recorder manages marriage, birth, and death records within the county.

Where and How to Get San Mateo County Divorce Records?

The California Superior Court in San Mateo County is responsible for issuing copies of divorce records. To obtain a copy of a Final Judgement of Divorce, visit:

Hall of Justice and Records
400 County Center
1st Floor
Room A
Redwood City, CA 94063

Alternatively, send a mail request to:

San Mateo Superior Court
Records Management
Superior Court of California
400 County Center
1st Floor
Room A
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 261-5100

The office charges $15 for a certified copy of the divorce record. There is an additional $10 fee for each file retrieved from an offsite storage facility. Fees are payable by check.

Where and How to Get San Mateo County Marriage Records?

San Mateo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office issues marriage records. It accepts in-person and mail requests at:

San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
Attn: Vital Records
555 County Center
1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 363-4500

Include a completed copy of the Application for Certified Copy of Marriage Record form with a mail request. The charge for a copy of a marriage certificate is $15.

The Clerk-Recorder’s Office accepts cash, check, and credit/debit cards for all in-person requests. Fees for mail requests are payable by check made out to San Mateo Clerk-Recorder.

Where and How to Get San Mateo County Birth Records?

The Office of the Clerk-Recorder is responsible for issuing birth records in San Mateo County. To obtain a birth record through an in-person request, complete the Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record and submit it at:

San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
555 County Center
1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 363-4500

The office remains open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm. To request for vital records by mail, complete the application form, and include payment and a valid ID. Mail them to:

San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
Attn: Vital Records
555 County Center
1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063

The Clerk-Recorder’s Office charges the general public $28 for each birth record. Private adoption and government agencies enjoy a reduced fee of $19.

Where and How to Get San Mateo County Death Records?

The Office of the Clerk-Recorder processes requests for San Mateo County death records. Death records may be requested in person or by mail. For in-person requests, fill out the Application for Certified Copy of Death Record. Submit it in person at:

San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
555 County Center
1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 363-4500

The office remains open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm. For mail requests, enclose payment and a copy of a valid ID with the filled-out form. Send them by mail to:

San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s Office
Attn: Vital Records
555 County Center
1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063

The Clerk-Recorder’s Office charges the general public $21 for each death record. Private adoption and government agencies enjoy a reduced fee of $18.

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

San Mateo County provides public members with access to property records, in compliance with the California Public Records Act. Individuals interested in obtaining San Mateo County property records may visit or contact the office of the custodian.

Where and How to Find Property Records in San Mateo County?

In San Mateo County, the Real Property Section of the Assessor-County Clerk-Controller’s office compiles annual property assessment rolls. It provides the public with access to past assessment rolls online and at the Assessor Division front counter. Individuals may visit the Assessor-County Clerk-Controller’s office from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Mateo County Assessor Division
555 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 363-4000 (ext 4771)

How to Look Up San Mateo County Property Records?

In San Mateo County, the assessment division provides the public with a property maps portal, allowing users to download Assessor’s maps or Recorded maps for free. Interested individuals may also purchase physical copies of these maps at the County Recorder Division for $2, from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

San Mateo County Assessor Division
555 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 363-4000 (ext 4771)

Location of San Mateo County Property Assessors

San Mateo County Assessor Division
555 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 363-4000 (ext 4771)