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This page lists statewide California databases in alphabetical order.  Click on "Popularity" to rank the list by number of visits. For county records, city records, license verification databases, or databases organized by category of record, use the menus in the left-hand column.

  • Court System  The California court system has three levels. At the first level are the Superior Courts. In 2000, under Proposition 220, all California counties unified their superior and municipal courts. Former municipal courts are now called limited jurisdiction superior courts. Civil, felony, misdemeanor, DWI/DUI, and juvenile cases are heard at the general superior courts, while felony preliminary hearings and smaller misdemeanors are heard at the limited superior courts. At the second level are the Courts of Appeal, which review decisions from the Superior Courts. At the top level is the California Supreme Court, which reviews decisions from all lower courts.  California Court Records
  • Criminal Records  Penal Code section 11105 makes it illegal to provide a full statewide criminal history to anyone outside of law enforcement, except to the person who is the subject of the report and authorized "Applicant Agencies" such as schools, in-home care providers, agencies that provide for the security and care of children, private patrol operators, etc.  For available free databases, legal ways to search criminal records in California and information on how to order a search from the state on yourself or someone else, go to our California Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records Vital Records are available from the California Department of Health Services, M.S. 5103, PO Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899. Use the "California by Category" menu at left or click here for Vital Records. On that page we have statewide births from 1769 to 1850, 1905 to 1995; county birth indexes; the Social Security Death Index for California; various genealogical death record databases, obituaries, funeral home records, and county death indexes; genealogical marriage and county marriage databases; and Superior Court databases that offer searchable family court divorce record databases.


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Adoption Lawyers

Search the membership directory of the California Adoption Bar Association by city to view member information including name, address, phone, fax and e-mail.

Apprentice Programs

Search for apprentice programs in California by county and/or occupation.

Attorney General of California Opinions

California Office of the Attorney General opinions, searchable by opinion number, official citation, word, or phrase.

Bankruptcies | Judgments | Tax Liens  Pay Site

Search California or nationwide for bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens. $5.00 per search, immediate results.

Birth Records 1905 - 1995

Search State of California births recorded between 1905 and 1995.

Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates (Info)

Information from California County Recorder and Clerks' Offices on how to order birth, death, and marriage certificates.

Business Permit Requirements

Enter business type, county, and city. Gives California business permits and other requirements for the city and type of business that you specified. Includes contact information for obtaining said permits.

Campaign Finance

California Secretary of State campaign finance databases.

Campaign Finance | Power Search

This is a new campaign finance search tool developed by MapLight with the Secretary of State's Office, and financed by the James Irvine Foundation. Much more powerful and modern than the older system.

Charitable Organizations

Search the California Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts.

City and County Tax Rates

Provided by the California State Board of Equalization: browse alphabetically by city or county for California City and County Sales and Use Tax rates.

Coastal Photographs

Wonderful database of aerial photographs taken of the California Coastline. Search by latitude/longitude or keyword of image captions; or browse the map for your favorite view.

College Courses

Provided by the California Virtual Campus Professional Development Center: Browse or search this catalog of distance learning courses from California colleges and universities.

Corporations | Publicly Traded Disclosures

Use this California Secretary of State service to search for all publicly traded corporations that have filed a Corporate Disclosure Statement with the Secretary of State.

Corporations | Securities, Investment, Franchises

Formerly the California Department of Corporations Cal-EASI records, now the Department of Business Oversight database for California security companies, investment companies, and franchises.

Correct an Address in California

Input a postal address in California and this service will correct it and put the address into the proper U.S. postal service format, including the ZIP+4 code.

Court Opinions 1850-Present

Search this California Court Systems site for Court Opinions in the last 100 hours, last 120 days, or search the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, or the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th (Div. 1, 2, or 3), 5th, or 6th Appellate District Court.

Court Records | California Supreme Court & Court of Appeals Cases

Search for California Supreme Court & Court of Appeals Cases by county & court. Appellate District searches are by Court of Appeal or trial court case number, party name, attorney or law firm name, or by case caption.

Court Records | California Supreme Court & Court of Appeals Decisions

Search for California Supreme Court & Court of Appeals Decisions in the last 100 hours or 120 days; or search by jurisdiction.

Court Records | PACER Federal District Courts  Pay Site

PACER United States District Court civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records for the Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California.

Criminal Records | Applicant Agencies  Information

Statewide criminal records by law in California are NOT available to the public, but are available to qualified Applicant Agencies. Go here for more information on who qualifies as an Applicant Agency and how to order California searches.

Criminal Records | Your Record  Information

Information on how to obtain your criminal history from the California Department of Justice.

Death Records before 1905

Browse this RootsWeb service by county and name for deaths recorded in California before 1905.

Employees of California

Search the California State Employee telephone register by name.

Estates of Deceased Persons

This is a downloadable Excel file of the estates of deceased persons in California. Provides the property ID, name, reported heirs, and available balance.

Eviction Records | Tenant Screening  Pay Site

Use Search Systems Eviction Records as part of your tenant screening. Search statewide in California for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. For common names, you can also narrow on filings in a single city.

Fictitious Business Names

Search fictitious business name filings in California counties.

Find People in California

Easy to use, find people in California instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.

Home Values - California

Search for property comparables in California by address, city, state or zipcode. Service allows you to view comparables and adjust value for improvements.


Browse this "California Courts" site by county and name for California Superior Court Judges.


Search this California State Legislature database for California Assembly and/or Senate Bills by Bill number, Author(s), or keyword(s).

Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business

Search California professional, medical, and business license databases and license verification services. Click here or look over at the blue menu box at left and use the drop-down menu.

Missing Children - California

Browse this listing of missing children in California to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.

Narratives 1849-1900

Search this Library of Congress "California as I Saw It" collection of first person narratives covering the period 1849-1900.

Public Notices

Search for public notices published in participating California newspapers. Notices include government contracts, foreclosures, auctions and sales, unclaimed property, court proceedings, business and corporate notices, and community information.

Public Works Apprentice Programs

Search for apprentice programs in California by county and/or occupation to view corresponding info and contact person and details.

Registered Offenders

Search the California Office of the Attorney General Megans Law offender registry.

School Data

Educational data on California schools, including demographic makeup, API targets, district spending, and more.

School Quality

California Department of Education school quality database. Search by school name.


Search this California State Lands Commission database for California Shipwrecks by ship name, type, county, latitude and/or longitude.

Smog Test Results

Search this Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Automotive Repair database by license plate or VIN for vehicle smog test results.

State Agencies

Locate California State Agencies by keyword.

Supreme Court & Court of Appeals - Archives

Browse the California Supreme Court & Court of Appeals archives by jurisdiction.

Uniform Commercial Code Filings  Pay Site

Use the California Secretary of State Business Portal to search for California Uniform Commercial Code filings (UCCs). Registration is required. Most UCCs are documentation of secured loans and include the debtor name, secured party, and the collateral, but can also be Federal and State tax liens.

California is located in the West Coast of the United States. The Capital is Sacramento and the largest city is Los Angeles.  The Official Web Site is located at  California is the most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 38,802,500 and the 2010 census population was 37,254,503.  The land area is 155,779.22 square miles and there are 239.1 persons per square mile.

73.5% of the population is White, 6.6% is Black or African American, 38.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 14.1% is Asian, 1.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.5% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 3.7% are two or more races. 81.2% are a high school graduate or higher, and 30.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $366,400. There are on average 2.94 persons per household, the per capita income is $29,527, the median household income is $61,094, and 15.9% of the persons in California are considered below poverty level.

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