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Sunnyvale Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Sunnyvale Public Records?

Sunnyvale public records included records owned, generated, or stored by any local or state agency during the conduct of public business. In compliance with the California Public Records Act, these records can be accessed and obtained by almost anyone. However, access to some records may be restricted by law or a court order. This is more likely to occur for records that contain protected information such as:

  • Preliminary notes or drafts (as long as the public interest in restricting access outweighs the interest served by disclosure)
  • Details of law enforcement complaints, and security files
  • Personal data collected as part of a research or clinical trial
  • Records that contain financial or personal information of employees
  • Information submitted in confidence as part of financial or tax payer data

In addition to official sources, public city records may also be accessible from third-party websites. Record seekers may either opt to use these non-governmental platforms to search for a specific record or multiple city records. However, users will need to provide enough information to assist with the search such as:

  • The address of the requestor
  • A case number or file number (if known)
  • The location of the document or person involved
  • The name of the subject involved in the record (not juvenile)
  • The last known or current address of the registrant

Third-party sites are not sponsored by government agencies. Because of this, record availability and results may vary.

Sunnyvale Crime Statistics

Sunnyvale’s Department of Public Safety serves as the main law enforcement arm for the city. It monitors and compiles crime statistics for the city. According to records released for 2017, the city recorded a total of 2,864 reported incidents. With 1,872 incidents, larceny-thefts accounted for 64.9% of total crimes. Burglaries made up 17.8% while auto thefts made up 10.3%. Compared to 2016, total crimes increased by 12%. Property crimes increased by 12% while violent crimes increased by 13%. With 5.06 daily crimes per 100,000 residents, Sunnyvale was safer than 64% of the cities in the U.S.

Are Sunnyvale Criminal Records Public?

Access to Sunnyvale criminal records varies on a case-by-case basis. City residents may be able to obtain copies of their criminal record by contacting the California Department of Justice. The department provides an optional online portal for submitting requests. Residents may also be able to obtain records by visiting the:

San Francisco Police Department,
Identification Bureau,
Room 475 (4th floor), Hall of Justice

How to Obtain Sunnyvale Police Reports and Arrest Records

Interested parties can obtain police or fire reports by submitting an application for record information to Sunnyvale’s Department of Public Safety. Its main office is located at:

Department of Public Safety Headquarters
700 All America Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

The lobby is open from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The department also processes requests for clearance letters. It charges a $35.00 fee for clearance letters. Requesters are also required to provide a copy of a valid government-issued I.D along with their application.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Sunnyvale

The California Department of Justice provides an online registry of sex offenders residing in Sunnyvale and other parts of the state. Interested parties can conduct searches by first and last name. Searches can also be conducted by city, zip code or to reveal offenders living within a specific radius.

How to Find Sunnyvale Inmate Records

Information on persons housed in correctional inmate facilities can be obtained at the Department of Correction for the County of Santa Clara. It provides public access to inmate information via a searchable online platform. Members of the public can search through the records using the inmate’s full name, date of birth, and booking date. Searches can also be made by CEN Number (Booking number) or a known PFN number (Personal file number).

Court Records

Court records for the city of Sunnyvale fall under the jurisdiction of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. However, not all court records are open to the public. The court restricts access to sensitive court files such as criminal history information, medical information, probation reports, protective orders for domestic violence and any document that lists the name, phone number or address of a victim.

To obtain a copy of a court record, applicants must have the case number. Individuals who don’t already have a case number can find one by:

  • Visiting the Clerk’s office where the case was filed
  • Searching the court’s online criminal index. It includes cases filed in 2004 and after. Searches can be made using the defendant’s name and the year the case was filed
  • Mailing the Clerk’s office and requesting or a search (searches that take longer than ten minutes come with a fee)

Requesters who already have a case number can obtain a court document by writing an application, stating the full name of the document, name of the defendant, case number. The letter should also specify whether the request is for a certified copy. Mailed requests should be sent in a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check made out to the Clerk of the Superior Court.

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What are Sunnyvale Vital Records?

Sunnyvale vital records provide an official documentation of various life events that have occured within the county. Examples include birth records and death records as well as records of marriages and divorce. Generally, the Office of the County Clerk-Recorder for Santa Clara County maintains vital records for Sunnyvale and other cities in the county. It issues two types of certified records. Certified authorized copies and Certified Informational copies. Interested parties who wish to obtain Certified Authorized copies must provide a sworn statement attesting to their eligibility.

Where and How to Obtain Sunnyvale Divorce Records

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issues certificates of record for divorces granted between 1962 and June 1984. It includes the names of the involved parties, court case number, and the county where the divorce was filed. Requests can be made by completing an application form and mailing it to the California Department of Public Health. Processing times for requests take an average of 5 to 6 weeks. Mail requests should be sent to:

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Requests sent via courier can be directed to:

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
1501 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814

In addition, eligible parties can obtain certified copies of divorce decrees by contacting the clerk of the superior court in the county where the divorce was obtained. For divorces obtained in Santa Clara County, records can be obtained at the:

Santa Clara County Superior Court - Family Justice Center
Physical: 201 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Mailing: 191 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Where and How to Find Sunnyvale Birth Records

The Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder maintains and processes requests for Sunnyvale birth records. City residents can obtain copies of birth records in person or by mail. Walk-in requests are processed at:

Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder
70 West Hedding Street,
First Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110

The office opens between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Requesters will be expected to provide a valid government-issued I.D along with the appropriate fee. To obtain records by mail, members of the public must submit a completed application form, indicating the type of record being requested. Mailed applications should be sent to:

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

The office charges $28.00 for each birth certificate copy. Processing times for mail requests take 15 to 20 business days, while same-day processing may be available for some walk-in requests.

Where and How to Find Sunnyvale Death Records

Residents can find information related to deaths in Sunnyvale by contacting the Vital Records office at the California Department of Public Health. The State office maintains records of deaths that have occurred in Sunnyvale (and other parts of the state) from July 1905. Copies typically take an average of six to eight weeks to process. However, authorized copies of death records can only be obtained by spouses of the registrant, parents, children and other persons permitted by law. Requesters who fall outside this list may only request informational copies. To obtain a death record, requesters will need to submit a completed application form to the:

California Department of Public Health,
Vital Records – MS 5102
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Walk-in requests for death certificates may also be processed at the :

Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder
70 West Hedding Street,
First Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110

The office opens between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Requesters will be expected to provide a valid government-issued I.D along with the appropriate fee. The office charges $21.00 for death records.