California Public Records

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

Membership directory of the California Adoption Bar Association.

Apprentice Programs

Apprentice programs in California by county and/or occupation.

Apprentice Programs | Public Works

Construction-related apprentice programs in California by county and/or occupation.

Attorney General Opinions

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

Attorneys | State Bar

Query California State Bar records for attorneys by name or Bar number.

Bankruptcies | Judgments | Tax Liens  Pay Site

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

Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates  Information

Information from the California Department of Health on how to order birth, death, and marriage certificates.

Births | 1905-1995

Search State of California births recorded between 1905 and 1995.

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 searches.

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.

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

California Virtual Campus Professional Development 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

Provide a valid California address and this service will correct it and put the address into the proper U.S. postal service format.

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 Decisions

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

Court Records | Court of Appeals Cases

California Appellate Courts case records

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

Information from the Attorney General's Office about qualified criminal records Applicant Agencies 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 | Prior to 1905

Deaths recorded in California before 1905.

DMV Insurance Inquiry

Verify California vehicle insurance information using the plate number and PIN or last five of the VIN.

DMV Personalized Plates

Search for and order a personalized or sequential license plate configuration from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.


Real Time map of California earthquakes.

Employees Directory

California State Employee telephone directory.

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.

Fictitious Business Names

Search fictitious business name filings in California counties.


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 search for California missing children.

Narratives | 1849-1900

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

Public Notices

Public notices published in participating California newspapers.

Registered Offenders

California Office of the Attorney General Megan's 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.


California State Lands Commission index of California Shipwrecks.

Smog Test Results

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Automotive Repair search by license plate or VIN for vehicle smog test results.

State Agencies

California State Agency directory.

Supreme Court & Court of Appeals - Archives

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

Tax Rates | City & County

California State Board of Equalization Sales and Use Tax rates listed by city and county, or search by address.

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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