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California - Free Public Records

When available, records can be searched either by accessing free public records online via the record holders database or by requesting a copy from the agency holding the record - usually for a small fee.  Or, you can check out someone's background online right now using our connections to a worldwide network of databases.
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Driving Records

Driving records are available by mail. Fee per Request. Turnaround time: 10 days. Written request must include name, date of birth and license number.

State Vehicle Information

Pre-approval required to obtain information. California will not release addresses.

Worker's Compensation

Currently worker's compensation records are decentralized at 22 district offices. Access is limited to parties making in-person requests. Fee varies. Search information required: name, SSN, date of injury.

Accountancy Board

California State Board of Accountancy
Will confirm licenses by phone. No fee. Include name.

Secretary of State

Service agent and address, date of incorporation, standing with tax commission, and trade names. available by phone or fax.

Vital Statistics

California Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics

Birth records are available for a fee. Some birth records are accessible by computer. Turnaround time is four to six weeks. A written release may be required. Search information required: name, date of birth, fathers name, mother's maiden name, and city of birth. Death records are available with the required feel. Marriage certificates prior to 1985 available at county where license was purchased. Divorce records available at county level, the county clerk's office where divorce was filed.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Fishing: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fishing/index.html
Hunting: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/index.html

Boat Registration

Dept of Boating and Waterways

Child Support Enforcement

California Department of Social Services

State Clearing Houses for Missing Children

California Dept. of Justice
Missing/Unidentified Persons

Adoption Records

California Department of Social Services
Adoptions Support Unit
744 P Street, M/S 8-12-31
Sacramento, CA 95814

State Reunion Registry

California Department of Social Services

California has a registry but current law does not recognize the fact that adoptee reach an age of majority. To have his or her name entered into this registry, the adoptee, regardless of age, as well as the adoptive parents, must submit a Waiver of Rights. No fee to register.

Archives/Record Holdings

California State Archives

VA Regional Offices

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County Jail Inmate Locator

Department of Justice, Federal Prison System

Use this page to locate a Federal inmate incarcerated from 1982 to present
For information on Federal inmates released before 1982: Released Before 1982 Page.

If you find any of the information on the is page to be incorrect, please email the webmaster.

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