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California Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of California, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, the state of California now requires the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

[County Level]

Brief tutorial on accessing civil and criminal records.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

CALIFORNIA STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(916)322-9900

CALIFORNIA STATE WEB SITE:
www.state.ca.us

Attorney General

Archives

Legislative Records

State Archives

Criminal Records

State Repository

Reporting Evaluation & Analysis Section
PO Box 903417
Sacramento CA 94203-4170
(916) 227-3460
(fax number not provided)
www.caag.state.ca.us

Department of Corrections

E-CriminalBackgroundCheck.net

Driving Records

Department of Motor Vehicles
Public Contact Unit
PO Box 944247
Sacramento CA 94244
(916) 657-8098
(fax number not provided)
www.dmv.ca.gov

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 944247
Sacramento CA 94244
(916) 657-8098
(916) 657-9041 (fax)
www.dmv.ca.gov

Vital Statistics (birth, death, divorce, marriage)
California Department of Health
Services
Office of Vital Records
PO Box 730241
Sacramento CA 94244-0241
(916) 445-1719
(800) 858-5553
www.dhs.ca.gov/chs

Marriages (Fee-Based)

Death Records (1940-1997)

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 657-5448
(fax number not provided)
www.ss.ca.gov

Workers Compensation Information
Division of Workers Compensation
Information & Assistance Unit
PO Box 420603
San Francisco CA 94142
(415) 703-4600
(414) 703-4717 (fax)

UCCs and Federal Tax Liens
UCC Division
Secretary of State
PO Box 942835
Sacramento CA 94235-0001
(916) 653-3516 x2
(fax number not provided)
www.ss.ca.gov/business/ucc/ucc.htm

State Fishing & Hunting Licenses

CALIFORNIA STATE FACTS, INFO & NEWS

CALIFORNIA COURTS

CALIFORNIA ONLINE DIRECTORY

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS LINKS
CALIFORNIA

PUBLIC INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THE COUNTY LEVEL:

CIVIL AND CRIMINAL RECORDS

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

This website is being continually updated. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Alameda County
1225 Fallon St., Room 100
Oakland, CA 94612-4218
(510) 272-6777

ONLINE: Alameda County Courts
www.co.alameda.ca.us/courts/index.shtml
(free access to county criminal and civil court docket data)

Tax Assessor www.co.alameda.ca.us/aswpinq

Recordings, Deeds, Mortgages, Liens, Fictitious Business Names
rechart1.co.alameda.ca.us/localization/menu.asp

Recorder www.criis.com/amador/recorded.htm

Alpine County
P.O. Box 158
Markleeville, CA 96120-0158
(530) 694-2113

Amador County
500 Argonaut Lane
Jackson, CA 95642-2308
(209) 223-6463

Butte County
1931 Arlin Rhine Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965-3316
(530) 538-7551

ONLINE: Births, Marriages, Deaths
clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/RiimsWeb/ASP/VTInquiry.asp

Fictitious Business Names
clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/Riimsweb/ASP/FBNInquiry.asp

Recorder, Real Estate
clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/Riimsweb/Asp/ORInquiry.asp

Calaveras County
Recorder's Office
891 Mountain Ranch Rd.
San Andreas, CA 95249-9713
(209) 754-6310

ONLINE: Assessor/Property
www.co.calaveras.ca.us/asp/Parcelsearch.html

Property (Parcel Info)
www.co.calaveras.ca.us/departments/gisproj.html

City of Davis Business Licenses

Colusa County
546 Jay St.
Colusa, CA 95932-2443
(530) 458-5149

Contra Costa County
730 Las Juntus
P.O. Box 350
Martinez, CA 94553-0350
(925) 646-2950

ONLINE: Contra Costa County Superior Court
www.co.contra-costa.ca.us

Contra Costa County Recorder (Tel: 925-646-2360)
www.criis.com/contracosta/srecord_current.shtml

Fictitious Business Names
www.criis.com/contracosta/sfictitious.shtml

Recorder Records, Judgments, Deeds, Liens
www.criis.com/contracosta/srecord_current.shtml

Del Norte County
450 H St.
Crescent City, CA 95531-4021
(707) 464-8115

El Dorado County
360 Fair Lane, Building B
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-6426

ONLINE: Fictitious Names, Non-confidential Marriages
http://main.co.el-dorado.ca.us/CGI/WWB012/WWM500/C

Personal Property, Real Estate
http://main.co.el-dorado.ca.us/CGI/WWB012/WWM400/A

Recording
http://main.co.el-dorado.ca.us/CGI/WWB012/WWM501/R

Fresno County
Hall of Records
2281 Tulare St., Room 301
Fresno, CA 93721-2105
(559) 488-3352

Death Records
http://assessor.fresno.ca.gov/fresno/sdeath.htm

Marriage Records
http://assessor.fresno.ca.gov/fresno/smarriage.htm

Recorder
http://assessor.fresno.ca.gov/fresno/srecord.shtml

Inmates
www.fresnosheriff.org/index.html

Civil, Family, Probate, Small Claims
www.fresno.ca.gov/2810/SJVAP/CourtConnect.asp

Glenn County
526 W. Sycamore
Willows, CA 95988-0391
(530) 934-6446

Humboldt County
825 5th St., Room 110
Eureka, CA 95501-1153
(707) 445-7256

Imperial County
939 West Main St.
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 482-4217

Inyo County
P.O. Box U
Independence, CA 93526
(760) 878-0218

ONLINE: Recorder, Fictitious Business Names
www.criis.com/inyo/official.shtml

Kern County
1415 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301-5222
(661) 868-5393

ONLINE: Assessor
http://assessor.co.kern.ca.us/kips/property_search.asp

Fictitious Business Names
www.co.kern.ca.us/ctyclerk/dba/default.asp

Marriages
http://recorderonline.co.kern.ca.us/cgi-bin/msearch.mbr/input

Recordings, Deeds, Property
http://recorder.co.kern.ca.us/kips/property_search.asp

Tax Assessor, Fictitious Business Names
http://kerndata.com

Kings County
Clerk Recorder
1400 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 582-3211

Lake County
255 N. Forbes St.
Lakeport, CA 95453-4731
(707) 263-2374

Lassen County Recorder
220 S. Lassen St. Suite 5
Susanville, CA 96130-4324
(530) 251-8189

Los Angeles County
P.O. Box 120
Los Angeles, CA 90053-0120
(213) 974-6135 [Los Angeles]
(818) 374-2208 [Van Nuys]
(818) 557-3482 [Burbank]
(818) 500-3551 [Glendale]
(323) 586-6365 [Huntington Park]
(626) 356-5695 [Pasadena]
(310) 260-3522 [Santa Monica]

ONLINE: Los Angles County Courts
www.lasuperiorcourt.org
(free access to county criminal and civil court docket data)

Los Angeles County Probate Notes:
www.lasuperiorcourt.org/probate

Assessor
http://assessor.co.la.ca.us/DataMaps/pais.asp

Sex Offenders
http://gismap.co.la.ca.us/sols/viewer.asp

Superior Court (Civil, Small Claims, Probate, Family - case summaries)
http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org

City of Los Angeles Property (Parcel Info)
City of Los Angeles Inmate Locator

Madera County Recorder
209 W. Yosemite Ave.
Madera, CA 93637-3534
(559) 675-7944

Marin County Recorder
P.O. Box C
San Rafael, CA 94913
(415) 473-6407

Mariposa County
P.O. Box 247
Mariposa, CA 95338-0247
(209) 966-2005

Mendocino County
501 Low Gap Rd., Rm 1020
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4481

Merced County
2222 M St., Room 14
Merced, CA 95340-3729
(209) 385-6515

ONLINE: Missing Persons
www.co.merced.ca.us/sheriff

Modoc County
204 S. Court St.
Alturas, CA 96101-0131
(530) 233-6205

ONLINE: Recorder, Vital Statistics, Fictitious Names
http://criis.com/modoc/official.shtml

Mono County
P.O. Box 237
Bridgeport, CA 93517-0537
(760) 932-5239

Monterey County
P.O. Box 29
Salinas, CA 93902-0029
(831) 647-5800

ONLINE: Superior Court
www.co.monterey.ca.us/court/calendar.asp

Napa County Superior Court
825 Brown St.
Napa, CA 94559-0880
(702) 299-1180

Nevada County
P.O. Box 6126
Nevada City, CA 95959-6126
(530) 265-1311

ONLINE: Property Tax
http://treas-tax.co.nevada.ca.us/searchtax.php

Orange County
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92702-0238
(714) 834-2200

Placer County
2954 Richardson Dr.
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 889-6550

ONLINE: County Recorder (Tel: 530-886-5600):
www.criis.com/placer/srecord_current.shtml

Marriage Records
www.criis.com/placer/smarriage.shtml

Plumas County
P.O. Box 10706
Quincy, CA 95971
(530) 283-6305

Riverside County
P.O. Box 751
Riverside, CA 92502-0751
(909) 955-1960

Sacramento County
600 8th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 874-5522

City of West Sacramento Business Licenses

San Benito County
440 5th St., Room 206
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 636-4057

San Bernardino County
222 W. Hospitality Ln.
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0022
(760) 256-4907

ONLINE: San Bernardino County Property (Tel: 909-387-8307)
www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/tax/trsearch.asp

Fictitious Business Names:
www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/ACR/RecSearch.htm

San Diego County
P.O. Box 121750
San Diego, CA 92112-4147
(619) 531-3141

San Francisco County Superior Court
633 Folsom St., Room 210
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 553-1159

San Joaquin County
P.O. Box 1968
Stockton, CA 95201-1968
(209) 468-2355

ONLINE: Case Summaries
www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/caseinfo.htm

San Luis Obispo County
1144 Monterey St., Suite C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-0001
(805) 781-5677

San Mateo County
401 Marshall St., 6th Fl.
Redwood City, CA 94063-1636
(415) 363-4711

Property Tax
http://smctweb1.co.sanmateo.ca.us/index.html

Santa Barbara County
Hall of Records, P.O. Box 159
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
(805) 568-2220

Santa Clara County
170 Park Center Plaza
San Jose, CA 95110-1774
(408) 882-2100

Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean St., Room 230
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4027
(831) 454-2020

Shasta County
1500 Court St.
Redding, CA 96001-1694
(530) 245-6789

ONLINE: Superior Court
www.shastacourts.com/indexes.php

Shasta County Recorder
www.ci.redding.ca.us

City of Redding Assessor
www.ci.redding.ca.us

Sierra County
P.O. Drawer D
Downieville, CA 95936-9999
(530) 289-3698

Siskiyou County Recorder
P.O. Box 8
Yreka, CA 96097-0008
(530) 842-8196

Solano County
600 Texas St.
Fairfield, CA 94533-6321
(707) 421-6053

ONLINE: Recording, Assessor, Property
http://recorderonline.solanocounty.com

Superior Court
www.solanocourts.com

Sonoma County
P.O. Box 6124
Santa Rosa, CA 95406-6124
(707) 565-1100

Stanislaus County
800 11th St.
Modesto, CA 95353-1008
(209) 558-6000

Sutter County
P.O. Box 1555
Yuba City, CA 95992-1555
(530) 822-7352

Tehama County
P.O. Box 250
Red Bluff, CA 96080-0250
(530) 527-6441

Trinity County
P.O. Box 1258
Weaverville, CA 96093-1258
(530) 623-1208

Tulare County
221 S. Mooney Blvd., Room 105
Visalia, CA 93291-4593
(559) 733-6454

Tuolumne County
2 S. Green St.
Sonora, CA 95370-4679
(209) 533-5555

Ventura County
800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009-0001
(805) 654-2264

Yolo County
P.O. Box 1130
Woodland, CA 95776-1130
(530) 666-8598

ONLINE: Yolo County Recorder (Tel: 530-666-8130)
www.criis.com/yolo/srecord_current.shtml

DID YOU KNOW...

The Investigative Directories page of Background Check Gateway contains one of the most comprehensive public records directories listings on the Internet.

Yolo County Fictitious Business Names
www.criis.com/yolo/sfictitious.shtml

Court Calendars, Probate Notes
www.yolocourts.com/calendar_daily.html

Yuba County
935 14th St.
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 749-7600