If You Do Not Have a Case Number

In order to request copies of a criminal case record, you must first obtain the criminal case record number.
You can:

  • Search criminal court records on the court's public access site - external link. There is a small fee for each name search.
    Once you have the case number(s), please refer to the "If You Have A Case Number" section below for information on how to request copies.
  • Search criminal court records in person at no cost using the public access site - external link terminals that are available in the Criminal Records lobby, Room 101, at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse.
    Once you have the case number(s), please refer to the "If You Have A Case Number" section below for information on how to request copies.
  • Submit a Local Criminal Records Name Search Request (CR-278A) form in person, by mail or by email to CrimRecordsRequests@saccourt.ca.gov. A $15.00 fee per name is due for each name search request or $40.00 plus a $15.00 fee per name for a certified search. If the appropriate fee(s) are not included with your request, or the information is incomplete, the request will be returned to you at the mailing address provided.
    If Criminal record case(s) are found, you may also request copies by completing the Local Criminal Records Copy Request form (CR- 278C).
    Mail Requests: Send your request(s) and payment to:

    Sacramento Superior Court
    720 9th Street, Room 101
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attention: Criminal Correspondence Unit

Note: The Court will only research Sacramento County criminal record information on cases dating from 1989 to present. You must provide the precise data, such as a specific name, date of birth, last 4 digits of the social security number, driver license number, etc.

If your case is older than 1989, you can use the public microfiche located in the Criminal Records Unit in Room 101 at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse or you can contact the California Department of Justice - external link.

If You Have a Case Number

Case numbers beginning with the following are located at the Gordon D. Schaber Sacramento County Courthouse and are available for viewing:

  • 19F, 20F, 21F, 22F
  • 19M, 20M, 21M, 22M

All other case numbers not listed will need to be ordered from the court's off-site storage facility. File orders take approximately 7-10 business days.

Phone Requests: You must have your case number to order a file(s) over the phone. You must call the Criminal Records Front Counter at 916-874-8881 to check the delivery status of the file(s). Once the files are received they will be held at the courthouse for 10 days. Public copiers are available for use or staff can make copies for you (see "Costs for Copies" below). Note: The Court does not provide research services over the telephone.

  • Appointments to view files can be made by calling (916) 874-8881. Available appointment times are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mail Requests: If you have a case number and would like copies of the file, submit a written request or complete the Local Criminal Records Copy Request form (CR-278C), and mail with your payment (see "Payment Instructions" section below).

  • In the request, please indicate the documents you need (i.e. complaint, minute order, judgment, etc.)
  • Indicate whether or not the documents are to be certified. If you require certified copies see “Costs for Copies” below.
  • Include a self-addressed stamped envelope of sufficient size to contain the copies that will be returned to you.

Payment Instructions:

  • Checks/Money Order - Make check/money order payable to Sacramento Superior Court. Do not fill in the dollar amount.
    For regular copies only, write “NOT TO EXCEED” $35.00**** on the memo line.
    For certified copies , write “NOT TO EXCEED” $50.00**** on the memo line.
    Submit payment along with the copy request form. Once the request has been processed, the clerk will complete the check and fill in the total amount due. The requested copies and a receipt will be mailed to the address provided on the form. If an overpayment of fees is submitted, a refund will be sent to you within 6 weeks.
  • Credit Card - Complete the Credit Card Authorization Form (CR-500B).
  • Do not mail cash.

Mail the Local Criminal Records Copy Request form, along with payment or Credit Card Authorization form to:

Sacramento Superior Court
720 9th Street, Room 101
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Criminal Correspondence Unit

Note: If the appropriate fees are not attached, or your requested information is incomplete, the request will be returned to you.

Please be aware that submitting multiple requests for the same case number will cause undue delays in processing your records request. Criminal records copy requests are being processed in the date order received.

NOTICE: Our office does not accept faxes from the public or non-government agencies. Any faxed requests will not be processed.

Costs for Copies

  • $.50 per page for copies
  • $40.00 per certification of a copy of paper, record, or proceeding on file
  • $50.00 per exemplification
  • $15.00 for searching records or files, for each search longer than 10 minutes (includes index search)

Contact us

If you need to speak with someone, you may call 916-874-8881. Please note: The court will not confirm or deny dates of birth, social security numbers or provide research over the phone.