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Visalia Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Visalia Public Records?

Per the California Open Records Act, Visalia public records are any data or information created, stored, filed, and re-created by local (city and county) and state agencies or departments - except for records deemed confidential by the law. Visalia public records may consist of handwritten or typewritten documents, photographs, emails, maps, and statistical tables and graphs. Custodian agencies may redact or restrict parts of public records that contain at least one of the following:

  • Personal information that may infringe on an individual's privacy.
  • Documents relating to pending litigation that involves a public agency.
  • Certain portions of law enforcement investigatory files.
  • Information revealing the deliberation process of agency officials.
  • Information about attorney-client privilege
  • Preliminary or drafts used in decision-making by government agencies.
  • Minutes of the meeting of public entities closed to the public.

Crime Statistics

The City of Visalia Police Department is responsible for generating and providing access to arrest records in the city. It also offers yearly crime reports and statistics and submits them for inclusion into the FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Per the 2019 FBI UCR, the city of Visalia recorded a total number of 2,093 committed crimes. This includes 259 violent crimes and 1,834 property crimes. The violent crimes consist of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, 53 rapes, 83 robberies, and 122 aggravated assaults. In comparison, the reported property crimes consist of 367 burglaries, 1,201 larcenies-thefts, 266 motor vehicle thefts, and nine arsons.

When compared with the 2016 UCR, these figures revealed a 55 percent sharp decline in the total number of reported crimes. The rate of violent crimes dropped by 46 percent, and this includes - murder cases (-86%), rape cases (-22%), robbery cases (-32%), and aggravated assault cases (-57%). In addition to this, the rate of property crimes reduced by 56 percent, and this includes - burglary cases (-63%), larceny-theft cases (-53%), motor vehicle theft cases (-58%), and arson cases (-18%).

Are Visalia Criminal Records Public?

Criminal records in the city of Visalia are not open and accessible to the public. For instance, the California Department of Justice restricts criminal records access to record bearers and relevant law enforcement purposes. More so, the DOJ also enables authorized job applicant agencies, during the later stages of a job application process, to request criminal records. Resident applicants may get access to their criminal records by filling out a Live Scan Service form. Input the following details - the applicant's personal information and the purpose for filling the form, click the "Record Review" box as the reason for application and submit the completed form to the City of Visalia Police Department or any of the Live Scan Centers in the city.

Visalia Police Department
303 South Johnson Street
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 713-4231

Tulare County Sheriff's Department
2404 West Burrell.
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 636-4724
lbrown@co.tulare.ca.us

Visalia criminal records cost $14 at the Visalia Police Department. The acceptable payment forms include cashier checks, billing accounts, cash, company checks, checks, credit cards, debit cards, and corporate accounts. The California Department of Justice via the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Analysis also provides the applicant with access to criminal records via mail requests.

How to Obtain Visalia Police Reports and Arrest Records

Visalia police reports and arrest records are accessible to the public via various custodian agencies. The Records Section of the Visalia Police Department maintains and provides access to police reports and arrest records. However, the Visalia Police Department might restrict portions of arrest records to protect an ongoing investigation and individual safety and privacy. Requesters may obtain Visalia police reports and arrest records from the Duty Officer in the lobby of the Police Department at:

303 South Johnson
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 713-4257
Phone: (559) 713-4222 (Office)
Fax: (559) 713-4861 (Fax)

Conversely, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office also grants access to arrest records and police reports via an online searchable portal. Requesters must log in or register an account on the platform to effectively track and monitor their online request search.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Visalia

The California Department of Justice via the Megan's Law Website provides online access to all convicted sex offender information. Hence, requesters can look up all Visalia sex offenders’ information via this searchable platform. Furthermore, requesters can search for sex offenders by using name-based search, address-based search, city search, zip search, county search, and proximity search. Provide at least one of the following details to obtain Visalia sex offender information - the sex offender's first and last name, email address, zip code, and city. Requesters may also choose to switch on their device's location to find sex offenders in their vicinity. More so, the Megan's Law Website also features an interactive map interface that allows requesters to search for requesters in real-time location via map keys representing different types of sex offenders.

How to Find Visalia Inmate Information

Interested persons may look up Visalia inmate information via the Tulare County Sheriff's inmate search portal. Requesters may obtain Visalia inmate information by inputting one of the following details into the platform's search box - the inmate's jacket number, last name, first name, middle name, booking date, date of birth, and arresting agency.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Visalia Jail?

Inmate visitation to any of Tulare County's correctional facilities is via remote video calls. Remote video visitations start from 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays and Saturdays.

Intending visitors can get more information about inmate visitation from the Tulare County Sheriff's Office.

Court Records

Part of the California Southern Judicial District, the Tulare County Superior Court provides access to different types of Visalia court records, such as administrative records, probate records, criminal records, civil records, domestic relations records, and traffic records.

Location of All Courts in Visalia

The City of Visalia and Tulare County is home to four Superior Courts located at:

Tulare County Superior Court - Dinuba
640 South Alta Avenue
Dinuba, CA 93618
Phone: (559) 595-6400

Tulare County Superior Court - Juvenile Justice Facility
11200 Avenue 368
Room 201
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 738-2300

Tulare County Superior Court - Porterville
300 East Olive
Porterville, CA 93257
Phone: (559) 782-3700

Tulare County Superior Court - Visalia
County Civic Center
221 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 730-5000

Are Visalia Court Records Public?

Per California state law, not all court records are open to the public. For example, confidential Visalia court records are exempted from public disclosure. Child custody cases, juvenile delinquency cases, and civil harassment court cases are legally exempted court cases.

Can You Look Up a Visalia Court Case Online?

Interested persons can gain online access to non-confidential Visalia court records via Tulare County's online court case search portal.

How to Obtain Visalia Civil Court Case Records

The Tulare County Superior Court maintains an online repository of Visalia civil court records.

Hence, requesters may search for civil court records on this platform using the parties' first and last name, company name, case number, date of birth, and the court case’s timeframe.

How to Obtain Visalia Criminal Court Case Records

Interested persons may get access to Visalia criminal court cases online via the Tulare County Superior Court. The searchable platform enables requesters to search for criminal court cases via the following parameters - the parties' first and last name, company name, case number, date of birth, and the court case’s timeframe.

What are Visalia Vital Records?

Visalia's vital records comprise recorded information on all life events maintained by local and state agencies and departments. These publicly available vital records include - but not limited to - birth records, death records, marriage records, and divorce records. Requesters may get access to these records by adhering to the custodian agency’s guidelines.

Where and How to Obtain Visalia Divorce Records

The Tulare County Clerk’s Office maintains and provides access to certified or non-certified copies of Visalia divorce records. Requesters may obtain Visalia divorce records in person by visiting the:

Clerk: Courthouse
Room 105
Phone: (559) 636-5051
Fax: (559) 740-4329

Recorder: Courthouse
Room 103
Phone: (559) 636-5050
Fax: (559) 740-4329

Also, the Vital Records Office of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides access to Visalia divorce records. The CDPH maintains divorce records from 1962 to June 1984. Requesters should note that the CDPH only provides a certificate of divorce records, which contain the record subjects' names, court case number, and the filing date. To obtain certificates of divorce records via mail, download and complete the request form, include the search fee as a money order or check, and send to the:

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

Where and How to Obtain Visalia Marriage Records

The CDPH via the Vital Records maintains a statewide repository of certified copies of marriage records. Requesters can obtain marriage records from 1905 to 2000 and from 2008 to present via mail requests or walk-in requests. To get marriage records via mail-in requests, download and fill out the death record request form, include the search fee as a money order or check, and send to the:

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

Alternatively, the Tulare County Clerk’s Office maintains and provides access to certified or non-certified copies of Visalia divorce records. Requesters may obtain Visalia divorce records in person by visiting the:

Clerk: Courthouse
Room 105
Phone: (559) 636-5051
Fax: (559) 740-4329

Where and How to Obtain Visalia Birth Records

Interested persons can access certified copies of birth records via the Tulare County Clerk Recorder's Office. Only the following requesters are eligible to access copies of Visalia birth certificates - the record subject, the parents, grandparents, legal guardians, children, siblings, grandchild, current spouse or partner, representative of adoption agencies, attorney for the record subject. Certified birth records cost $28 per copy at the Clerk-Recorder's Office. To get copies of birth certificates, download, sign and fill out the birth request form, attach the fixed search fee in the form of a money order or check alongside a proof of identification, and send to the:

Tulare County Clerk-Recorder
221 South Mooney Boulevard
Room 105
Visalia, CA 93291- 4593
Phone: (559) 636 – 5051

Also, the CDPH is a repository of birth certificates in Visalia and the state in general. It keeps track of birth events that occurred in the state from 1905 to the present. Requesters may obtain certified copies of birth records from the CDPH via mail-in requests. To get copies of birth records via mail, download and complete the birth records request form. Provide a notarized sworn statement (if applying for authorized birth certificates), include the search fee (money order or check), and mail the request in a self-addressed or prepaid envelope to the:

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

Where and How to Obtain Visalia Death Records

Certified copies of Visalia death certificates are available on request at the Tulare County Clerk Recorder's Office. Only requesters with tangible and legitimate interests are eligible to request death certificates. To get copies of records of death via mail, download and complete the death records request form. Provide a notarized sworn statement (if applying for authorized death certificates), include the search fee (money order or check), and mail the request in a self-addressed or prepaid envelope to the:

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