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About California Open Public Record

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.
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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.

Ask Questions, About California

  • How does a person finds out which service an employer orders criminal history check from?
    You may not need to know which background checks the employer uses if you use the one from the state that requires fingerprints. Some individuals looking for work may think that the police department is a place where you order a background check, which can be true, but as good as this source may be, it probably only covers that area, not the entire state. The state of California's justice department offers fingerprint based background checks. (Staff)
  • I have made several attempts to locate a case number for my divorce in 1992 with no results. Where are the records?
    Where was the case filed? Court records can be searched under parties' names. (Staff)
  • How do I get a copy of my divorce finalization?
    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. (Staff)
  • How can I find out an upcoming court date?
    Check the calendar for that specific court. They're free and open online to the public. (Staff)
  • Where online do I go to see my mugshots, arrest records and if I have a warrant for completely free from the year 2008 or 2009 in California?
    You will have to dig it up, you can start with looking up local periodicals such as news publications, arrest logs and inmate lists provided by law enforcement. Arrest records are provided by the law enforcement agency which created the report. You can check the department's site for warrants. Larger departments tend to have better online resources. (Staff)

California Arrest Records


Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Update: The San Jose Police Department arrested a suspect wanted for molesting a 13 year-old girl while walking her dog along the Los Alamitos Trail in San Jose
    November 14, 2019
  • Melissa Deborah Martinez
    Booking Number: 2019-00003147
    Booking Date and Time: 11/12/2019 10:57:29 AM
    Race: White
    November 14, 2019
  • Brian Christopher Avers
    Booking Number: 2019-00003149
    Booking Date and Time: 11/12/2019 12:28:24 PM
    Race: White
    November 14, 2019
  • Raymond Duke Cooper
    Booking Number: 2019-00003153
    Booking Date and Time: 11/12/2019 07:05:47 PM
    Race: Black
    November 14, 2019
  • Kenneth Wayne Toombs
    Booking Number: 2019-00003058
    Booking Date and Time: 11/05/2019 05:24:34 PM
    Race: Black
    November 14, 2019
  • Troy Jones-webb
    Booking Number: 2019-00003063
    Booking Date and Time: 11/06/2019 12:07:01 PM
    Race: Black
    November 14, 2019

California Most Wanted and Warrants


View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

California Missing Children


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

  • Missing: Ryder Wilkey
    Ryder Wilkey, Age Now: 8, Missing: 10/25/2019. Missing From Lakewood, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Costa Mesa Police Department (california) 1-714-754-5252.
    November 14, 2019
  • Missing: Origunwa Orisegun
    Origunwa Orisegun, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/18/2019. Missing From Los Angeles, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Los Angeles Police Department (california) 1-877-275-5273.
    November 13, 2019
  • Missing: De'anni Collette
    De'anni Collette, Age Now: 3, Missing: 03/10/2017. Missing From Los Angeles, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Los Angeles Police Department (california) 1-877-275-5273.
    November 12, 2019
  • Missing: Sarah Gamel
    Sarah Gamel, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/30/2019. Missing From Bakersfield, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Kern County Sheriff's Office (california) 1-661-861-3110.
    November 12, 2019
  • Missing: Andrew Aguirre
    Andrew Aguirre, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/20/2019. Missing From Los Angeles, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Los Angeles Police Department (california) 1-877-275-5273.
    November 12, 2019
  • Missing: Timothy Hough
    Timothy Hough, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/26/2019. Missing From Hemet, Ca. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Hemet Police Department (california) 1-951-765-2400.
    November 08, 2019

California Recent Criminal Activity Reports


Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

California Missing People


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

  • Missing Person • Carmen Ruiz • Stockton, California • 41 Years Old
    September 25, 2019
  • Missing Person, Updated • Carmen Ruiz • Stockton, California • 41 Years Old
    September 25, 2019
  • Missing Person • Stephen Thomas Robertson • San Marcus, California • 32 Years Old
    September 24, 2019
  • Missing Person • Ardythe Daggett • Newark, California • 72 Years Old
    September 24, 2019
  • Silver Alert • George Pack • Antioch, California • 91 Years Old
    September 23, 2019
  • Silver Alert, Updated • George Pack • Antioch, California • 91 Years Old
    September 23, 2019

California Latest Crime Records (Updated 11/15/2019)

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California American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 11/15/2019)

  • 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