OBTAINING A COPY OF A LOCAL CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD
Penal Code sections 13300 through 13326 authorize the release of local
summary criminal history information to the subject of the criminal
summary criminal history refers only to those arrests compiled by the
San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Persons requesting a local
criminal history check often refer to this as a "Background Check" or
"No Record" letter.
a local criminal history report for incidents that fall outside of the
San Diego Sheriff's jurisdiction you must contact the law enforcement
agency that was responsible for the arrest.
a copy of your state criminal history (also known as your "rap sheet"),
you must contact the
California Department of Justice.
Background checks for the purposes of entering another country,
known as "Good Conduct" letters, for
obtaining a hunting permit in Mexico, or international adoptions are
processed by the Sheriff's License Division. For further information
regarding "Good Conduct" letters, please contact the
Division at (858) 974-2020.
a copy of your local criminal history record, a Service Request
Form (English | Spanish) must be submitted to the San Diego County Sheriff's Records &
Submit the form by one of the following:
the San Diego County Sheriff's Records & ID office during
business hours Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
We are located at:
9621 Ridgehaven Ct
San Diego, CA 92123
request by mail
San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Records & ID Division, Booking
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193
A valid, government issued photo identification card
(i.e., driver's license, passport, military ID) must be presented if
request is submitted in person, or a copy of the ID must be enclosed if
the request is submitted by mail.
Our goal is to process all requests
within 3-10 business days.
The fee for obtaining a copy of a local criminal history report is
$14.00, and must be paid at the time the request is submitted. Fees
can be paid by money order, certified check, or personal check. Please make checks payable to the "San Diego
County Sheriff's Department." Cash is also accepted if presented in person.