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Santa Clara County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Official records show that there were 10,356 felony arrests and 26,820 misdemeanor arrests in Santa Clara County in 2017, the last year with a complete record. Compared to the previous year, these figures represent a 2% jump in felony arrests in the county and a smaller 0.5% increase in misdemeanor arrests. Violent offenses accounted for the most felony arrests in 2017 with 4,133 incidents. This is followed by property, drug, and sex offenses with 2,917, 790, and 307 arrests respectively.

There were 5,995 reported violent crimes in Santa Clara County in 2017. It also recorded 44,954 property crimes in the same year. A breakdown of crime data for the county shows that aggravated assault was the most common violent crime with 3,258 cases followed by robbery with 1,892 cases. The county also recorded 46 homicides and 799 rapes in 2017. Larceny was the most prevalent property crime with 27,773 cases followed by motor vehicle theft with 10,330 incidents and burglary with 6,851 cases. Overall, homicide (19%) and burglary (9%) rates decreased between 2016 and 2017. However, there were year-on-year increases in rape (25%), robbery (17%), aggravated assault (5%), larceny (10%), motor vehicle theft (4%), and arson (7%) rates in Santa Clara County.

Criminal Records

The California Department of Justice is responsible for maintaining a registry of sex offenders currently residing in the state. In accordance with the state's Megan's Law, sex offender information is made publicly available. To access it, visit the California Megan's Law website. The search tool on the homepage allows visitors to conduct name and map searches for sex offenders. For a list of sex offenders living in Santa Clara County, visit the county search page and select Santa Clara from the drop-down menu.

Santa Clara County also provides other resources for citizens to find sex offender information. They can contact the SAFE (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) Task Force at (408) 808-4300, or the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office at (408) 808-4500, or the San Jose Police Department at (408) 277-4290.

The Santa Clara Sheriff's Office keeps inmate records for all the jails in the county. It provides a handy inmate finder tool on the county's website. Visitors can use it to find specific inmates by providing their booking numbers, personal file numbers, or names.

Court Records

The Supreme Court of California, Santa Clara County makes all court cases available online except for closed hearings and the proceedings of Juvenile Justice Court and Juvenile Dependency Court. Use the Case Information Portal to view records for civil, criminal, small claims, and probate cases. Records for cases heard in the county's traffic court are available on a dedicated Public Portal.

Note that case documents are not available online. The Court accepts in-person and mail requests to obtain copies of these records. To request for them, visit or send a request to the Court Clerk at:

Superior Court of California
County of Santa Clara
191 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

For copies of pleadings, visit the courthouse where the case was heard. The Clerk's Office charges 50 cents per page to prepare copies of records and another $1 per page to compare copies with original records on file. There is a $25 fee per document for certified copies. Enquirers also have to pay a $10 fee for a record search conducted by the staff of the Clerk's Office that takes longer than 10 minutes. The Clerk accepts cash for in-person requests and check for mail requests.

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Public Records

All vital records for the county is available from the Office of the County Clerk-Recorder. To obtain a birth or death certificate, visit the Public Search area of the:

Clerk-Recorder's Office
70 West Hedding Street, First Floor East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110

The office opens Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Bring a valid identification along with the required fees. The Clerk-Recorder's Office charges $28 for each birth certificate and $21 for each death certificate. It accepts cash, check, and credit/debit cards (include $2.50 convenience fee).

All mail-in requests should also go to the Clerk-Recorder's Office address. In addition to valid identification and the required fees, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a completed copy of the Birth/Death Order Form.

The same procedure also applies when obtaining a marriage certificate. Both in-person and mail requests should go to the Clerk-Recorder's Office in San Jose. The Clerk charges $15 for each marriage certificate. A mail request must include a completed copy of the Marriage Certificate Order Form.

Other Information

Courthouse Locations and Telephone Numbers

201 North First Street,
San José, CA 95113
(408) 882-2700

Child Support Court
201 North First Street,
San José, CA 95113
(408) 882-2900

Dependency Court
201 North First Street,
San José, CA
(408) 491-4700

Downtown Superior Court
191 North First Street,
San José, CA 95113
(408) 882-2100

Drug Court
201 North First Street,
San José, CA
(408) 491-4700

Family Court
201 North First Street,
San José, CA 95113
(408) 534-5600

Hall of Justice
190 West Hedding Street,
San José, CA 95110
(408) 808-6600

Juvenile Justice Court
840 Guadalupe Parkway,
San José, CA 95110
(408) 808-6200

Old County Courthouse
161 North First Street,
San José, CA 95113
(408) 882-2100

Palo Alto Courthouse
270 Grant Avenue,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 462-3800

Santa Clara Courthouse
1095 Homestead Road,
Santa Clara, CA 9505
(408) 556-3000

South County Courthouse
301 Diana Avenue,
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(408) 695-5000

Sunnyvale Courthouse
605 West El Camino Real,
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 481-3500