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California Public Records:
The California Public Records Act, CPRA was a law passed by the California State Legislature in 1968 requiring inspection and or disclosure of governmental records to the public upon request, unless exempted by law. The CPRA is similar to the Freedom of Information Act, except for the fact that "the people have the right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business" is enshrined in Article 1 of the California Constitution due to California Proposition 59 known as the Sunshine Amendment. Exemptions to the CPRA are narrowly construed and the public agency bears the burden of proving that an exemption applies. Exemptions under the CPRA are set forth under Section 6254 and are specific as to certain records or types of records. California obtained statehood on September 9, 1850. California is divided into 58 counties which include 482 incorporated cities and towns, of which 460 are called cities and 22 are called towns. California is the third largest state in the country with the largest population. A California public records directory shows which agencies provide specific data. Criminal history reports may be obtained from the California Department of Justice. Navigate through California courts, state and local departments and request records directly.

California Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

California Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Questions, Answers and Comments About California Public Records

  • Question: I have made several attempts to locate a case number for my divorce in 1992 with no results. Where are the records?
    By Kim
    May 17, 2018

    Where was the case filed? Court records can be searched under parties' names.

    By david
    May 17, 2018
  • Question: How do I get a copy of my divorce finalization?
    By Tammy
    Apr 25, 2018

    Divorce decrees are requested from the superior court in the county where the divorce was filed. The certificate of record for divorces between 1962 and June 1984 from the California department of public health does not say whether the divorce was ever finalized in court or not. The CDPH gives you links to both superior county courts and county recorders offices.

    By abc123
    Apr 25, 2018
  • Question: DIVORCE RECORDS FROM 1989-1991?
    By anonymous
    Jul 14, 2017

    In California, divorce records are available from the superior court in the county where the divorce was filed. The California department of public health issues "Certificate of Record" for divorces from 1962 to 6/1984. A certificate of record is not considered a certified copy and does not include information such as whether the divorce was ever finalized. The certificate of record will show the name of the parties, where the divorce was filed and its case number.

    By abc123
    Jul 14, 2017
  • Question: Are autopsy reports public record? If so how do I obtain one
    By anonymous
    Jul 14, 2016

    Yes, autopsy reports are public according to the medical examiner in Santa Clara under Callifornia state open records laws. This includes laboratory/toxicology reports. Where to request them depends on the county you’re requesting them from. Let’s take Santa Clara county, the first one that came up on my serps, it takes up to 3 to 6 months for completion, thereafter, you can submit your request for the report. There's number to call and check whether the report is completed or restricted (see The California Public Records Act (PRA), Government Code Sections 6250 to 6270). The cost for SC county is less than six dollars and takes about 2 weeks. Videos and photos taken by the coroner of the deceased body are not public and need a court order to obtain them.

    By aa
    Jul 14, 2016
  • Question: How can I get a copy of my discovery?
    By tomas
    Jul 07, 2016

    There are circumstances where discovery can either be obtained by the public and other circumstances where they are not. Was the discovery introduced into evidence or filed in court? Or, was the discovery used as evidence, such as photos/images of a traffic violation by the police? Court hearings on discovery are presumed open to the public, however, discovery (that's not presented in court) such as document productions, interrogatories and depositions are not. You can check California law more, and specifically about discovery, there are other factors to consider before seeing whether it's open to the public.

    By adm
    Jul 07, 2016

    The rules are different for civil versus criminal, you will need to check how it applies to either separately.

    By adm
    Jul 08, 2016
  • Question: How to find records on a house?
    By Ronda
    May 04, 2016

    Depends on the type of records, simply a deed or ownership information the county recorders offices can give you copies. Another is scouring past sales which are lingering on the net. They will also list ownership and more. For LA, it is on Norwalk, you can walk in and request them or do it online for property records since 1850, their site says "Any member of the public can search and request real estate records". It may be worth the money, certified copies are six dollars and plain copies are five.

    By abc123
    May 10, 2016
  • Question: How do I find my school records if I didn't graduate high school?
    By candice
    Feb 25, 2016

    I went back to my old school after a long time trying to get the diploma at an adult school and they still had my records, even though I didn't graduate and several years had passed.

    By alexiss
    Mar 14, 2016

California Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Jada Rose
    Jada Rose, Age Now: 14, Missing: 03/07/2019. Missing From Orcutt, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office (california) 1-805-683-2724.
    March 15, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Brice Welch
    Brice Welch, Age Now: 16, Missing: 02/06/2019. Missing From Bakersfield, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kern County Sheriff's Office (california) 1-661-861-3110.
    March 15, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Kyah Altamirano
    Kyah Altamirano, Age Now: 14, Missing: 03/13/2019. Missing From Fresno, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Fresno Police Department (california) 1-559-621-7000.
    March 15, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Alissa Cortez
    Alissa Cortez, Age Now: 14, Missing: 02/13/2019. Missing From Bell Gardens, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bell Gardens Police Department (california) 1-562-806-7600.
    March 15, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Elizabeth Ortega
    Elizabeth Ortega, Age Now: 14, Missing: 02/19/2019. Missing From Long Beach, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Long Beach Police Department (california) 1-562-435-6711.
    March 15, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Ryshauna Kinney
    Ryshauna Kinney, Age Now: 15, Missing: 07/26/2018. Missing From Los Angeles, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Los Angeles Police Department (california) 1-877-275-5273.
    March 15, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com

California Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • -No Info Available-
    June 11, 2018
    Source: stancrimetips.org
  • he Sheriff's Department is looking for your help in locating this missing person. Jacob Sutton-Bubeck, he goes by Cheddar, (picture from 2013), date of birth 12/11/1991, was last seen on 01/29/2018 at his brother's house in Modesto. He is transient, but regularly speaks to his brother. Jacob has several tattoos including MODESTO 209 on his left hand, LORD HELP ME BE STRONG FOR LIFE on his upper chest, CROSS/RIBBON/IN GODS HANDS on his upper right back and has both of his ears pierced
    June 11, 2018
    Source: stancrimetips.org
  • Tuolumne County Sheriffs Detectives are asking for assistance in locating this missing person. On 02/09/16, at around 530 pm, Allen Martin, his girlfriend, Sarah Yefimov and her mother, Ruth Yefimov, went to Chicken Ranch Casino. At around 1130 pm Allen walked out of the casino and texted Sarah to say, You deserve better than me. Allen was last seen walking down Chicken Ranch Road toward Hwy 108 at around 1143 pm. Allen did not contact anyone after that time and did not go to work the following day or court dates for child custody issues that week. Allen's family is offering an additional reward for any information on his whereabouts.
    June 11, 2018
    Source: stancrimetips.org
  • Modesto Police Department is asking for your help in locating this missing person. Lisa Valdez was last seen on 07/22/15 and was reported missing to Modesto Police Department on 07/26/15. Lisa left home from Roselawn Avenue the morning of 07/22/15. Lisa has not contacted her family and her whereabouts are unknown. Lisa may be suffering from mental health issues and is at risk. Lisa is a 43 years old and she was last seen wearing a red tank top, khaki shorts and flipflops as shown in the attached photo. If you have any information please contact Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500.
    June 11, 2018
    Source: stancrimetips.org
  • Missing Person • Amanda Yeager • Brooks, California • 26 Years Old
    May 31, 2018
    Source: missing.report
  • Haylie and Alexandria Bell were last seen November 29, 2016 by family in Arizona.They may be in the company of their grandmother Sheila Bell who has been seen in Modesto previously.
    May 08, 2018
    Source: stancrimetips.org

California American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 03/20/2019)

  • California's demographic and housing ACS survey of 38,066,920 being 12.12 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 49.7% males and 50.3% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The California social characteristics data of 12,617,280 households, which make up 10.86 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 8,666,286 families with and without children. There are 10,602,974 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The California American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 29,934,838 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 12.03 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 18,975,006 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • California housing characteristics are collected from 13,781,929 dwellings making up 10.38 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 12,617,280 or uninhabited 1,164,649 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 12,617,280 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

California Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in California
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of California Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in California
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    27 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • California Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
  • Statewide income of median households in California
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of California
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and California territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile