Sunnyvale Arrest, Court, and Public Records

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.

Criminal Records

How to Obtain Police Reports

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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 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 Obtain Sex offender Information

The California Department of Justice maintains 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 Obtain Jail Information

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 the Clerk of the Superior Court.

Vital Records

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.

How to Find Divorce Records

Certified copies of divorce decrees can only be obtained 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

How to Obtain Certificate of Records for Divorce

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

How to Obtain Birth and Death Certificates

Interested parties can obtain vital 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 and $21.00 for death records. Processing times for mail requests take 15 to 20 business days, while same-day processing may be available for some walk-in requests.