California Background Check
If you would like to do a free background search in California start by using the form above. After your search you can view all available records including civil, criminal, and public records for the person in question. With well over 1 billion records to search through, you will likely find all the information you need on the person in question.
California Criminal Records
California does not allow for third party requests of criminal records. You are able to request a copy of your own records if you fill out this form.
Per the California Penal Code Sections 11120 through 11127 a person can obtain a copy of their record, if any, contained in the files of the California Bureau of Criminal Information and Analysis and refute any erroneous or inaccurate information contained within it.
If you need to speak with someone about criminal records in California, you can contact the California Department of Justice - Public Review Unit:
California Department of Justice
Record Review Unit
P.O. Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94203
California Court Records
If you need to access specific court records like divorce decrees, complaints, criminal records, judgments, and traffic tickets you will need to contact the court that maintains jurisdiction over the case. The court where the original filing of the case took place will usually be the court with jurisdiction over it.
If you need more information or if you need to contact the court their information is:
Administrative Office of the Courts
Office of Communications
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102
California Sex Offenders
If you would like to perform a search for sex offenders in your area start by going here: Megan's Law Website
For more frequently asked questions the Megan's Law website also contains resources for you and your family which you can read by clicking the links below:
California Jail Records
If you need jail records as part of your research you will need to contact the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by going to their site here. You will need the inmate's full name as well as their date of birth or CDC identification number.
You can also contact the CDC office using the information below:
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Office of Research
1515 S. Street
Sacramento, CA 95811