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San Luis Obispo County Court Records

In San Luis Obispo County, court records include files created during proceedings of courts within the county’s jurisdiction. They encompass a variety of documents such as dockets, court schedules, general case information, opinions, rulings, motions, and judgments from cases handled by the superior court. These records can be written and typed papers, pictures, video and audio recordings, and other types of documentation generated during legal proceedings in San Luis Obispo County, California.

Are Court Records Public in San Luis Obispo County?

According to the California Public Records Act (CPRA), San Luis Obispo court records are generally considered public records and can be accessed by the public. Records seekers can obtain court records by contacting the local superior court. However, certain records are subject to restricted access or full exemptions. Records that are restricted or exempted under the CPRA include:

  • Court records concerning juvenile delinquency procedures
  • Records of cases involving mental health proceedings, including conservatorships and commitment hearings
  • Some records from adoption cases may be restricted to protect the privacy of the people involved.
  • Court records that have been sealed or expunged by court order are restricted from public access.
  • Access to records of confidential agreements settled in court could be restricted to prevent violation of the agreement’s confidentiality and the parties’ privacy.

Note: Access to some restricted or exempted records may be granted under certain conditions, such as a court order, or restricted parts of the record may be removed or redacted.

San Luis Obispo County Court Records Search

Interested persons can search for San Luis Obispo County court records using the court's online case lookup portal. It provides access to civil, family, and probate cases. However, registration is required to access it remotely. Kiosks in the courthouse also provide users with access without registration. Copies of the court records can be obtained by submitting a copy request form along with payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

County Government Center
1035 Palm Street
Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

To obtain copies of San Luis Obispo County criminal court records, complete the Request for Case Information Form and mail or submit it physically with payment to:

1050 Monterey Street
Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

San Luis Obispo County Court Records Search by Name

To conduct a name-based search, visit the courthouse to use the public access site in the kiosks. The public access site is the online case lookup portal, which allows users to search court records by name. Alternatively, record seekers may visit the courthouse to carry out a name search using the court docket.

San Luis Obispo County Courts

The San Luis Obispo County court system comprises a Superior Court with five divisions. The Superior Court handles a wide range of cases, including civil, criminal, family, juvenile, probate, and traffic cases.

Below are the addresses and contact information of the court divisions:

Superior Courts in San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Civil & Family Law Branch
1035 Palm Street
Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 781-5677 (Civil)
Phone: (805) 781-5706 (Family Law)

 

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Criminal Branch
1050 Monterey Street
Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 781-5670
Phone: (805) 706-3600

 

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Juvenile Services Center
1065 Kansas Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 781-5164

 

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Paso Robles Branch
901 Park Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Phone: (805) 237-3079 (Civil, Small Claims)
Phone: (805) 237-3080 (Criminal)
Phone: (805) 226-3251 (Family Court Services)
Fax: (805) 237-3066 (Family Court Services)

 

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Veterans Memorial Branch
801 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-5601

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Records

The San Luis Obispo County court system comprises a Superior Court with five divisions. The Superior Court handles various cases, including civil, criminal, family, juvenile, probate, and traffic cases.

San Luis Obispo County court records involving civil, family, and probate cases can be searched using the online case lookup portal. This portal is a public access site that requires registration for users to access it remotely. Kiosks in the courthouse provide access to the site without registration.

Individuals seeking copies of court records should complete the Copy Request Form. The completed form, along with payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope, should be submitted to:

County Government Center
1035 Palm Street
Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Record seekers should complete the Request for Case Information Form to obtain copies of San Luis Obispo County criminal court records. The completed form should be mailed or submitted physically with payment to:

1050 Monterey Street
Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

San Luis Obispo County Criminal Records

San Luis Obispo County criminal records, also known as rap sheets, are official documents that provide detailed information about an individual’s criminal history or activity within the county. These records include the San Luis Obispo arrest records, indictments, convictions, and sentences. The California Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible for providing background checks for the counties of California. Individuals can only request their own criminal records, while law enforcement agencies and employers can request background checks for state residents.

Individuals in San Luis Obispo County who wish to request their criminal records can do so by completing the Live Scan Form, also available in Spanish. Requesters should indicate “Record Review” in the fields for “Type of Application” and “Reason for Application” on the form. Once completed, the form should be taken to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office or any other Live Scan Locations in San Luis Obispo County for fingerprinting. Fingerprint scans cost $23. Payment can be made in cash or by check. The address and contact information of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office are below:

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff
1585 Kansas Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 781-4575

San Luis Obispo County Criminal Court Case Lookup

The Criminal Branch of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court handles criminal matters and provides requesters with copies of records. To obtain copies of criminal court information, a requester requires either the case number or the full name and date of birth of the defendant. The case number can be obtained by visiting or calling the court.

Copies of criminal court records cost 50 cents per page. An additional $15 file research fee applies if the record is stored off-site or requires more than 10 minutes of research. Most criminal case files are stored off-site without a pending court date. Certified copies require an additional charge of $45 per document.

Record seekers can request criminal court records for one person or more than one person. To request copies of records or information for one person, complete the Request for Case Information Form and mail it or submit it in person with payment and a copy of a valid ID to:

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Criminal Branch
1050 Monterey Street
Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

To request records or information for more than one person, complete the Request for Bulk Case Information form. Include a list of names and dates of birth of the persons on whom the background check or dockets are requested. Submit the completed form and list of names with payment, a copy of a valid ID, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address above.

Alternatively, requesters can visit the court physically and make their request. The court processes requests on a first-come-first-served basis. A drop box is provided for these requests at the counter at the San Luis Obispo branch. The clerk will call once the request is complete and ready for pick-up.

Get San Luis Obispo County Civil Court Records

The Civil and Family Law Branch of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court handles civil law matters. Record seekers can obtain copies of civil court records by making an in-person or mail request. For in-person requests, note down the case number and visit the court staff at the San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles courthouse from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The addresses are as follows:

San Luis Obispo Branch:
1050 Monterey Street, Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 706-3600

 

Paso Robles Branch:
901 Park Street
Paso Robles, CA, 93446

For mail requests, you can send a letter or fill out the Copy Request Form and submit it to the following address:

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Civil & Family Law Branch
1035 Palm Street, Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

If sending a letter, include the case number and names of the parties and specify the documents required from the court file. All mail requests should be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of documents and payment.

San Luis Obispo County Family Court Records

The Civil and Family Law Branch of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court hears family law cases. Family law cases relate to family-related issues and domestic relations matters, including the nature of marriage, adoption and child abuse, divorce, annulment, and alimony.

Interested persons can obtain copies of family court records in person and by mail. To make an in-person request, take note of the case number and visit the court staff at the courthouse in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

San Luis Obispo Branch
1050 Monterey Street,
Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 706-3600

 

Paso Robles Branch
901 Park Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446

To make a mail request, send a letter or fill out the Copy Request Form and submit it to:

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Civil & Family Law Branch
1035 Palm Street
Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

If a letter is needed, include the case number and name of the parties and the documents wanted from the court file. A stamped, self-addressed envelope and payment should accompany all mail requests.

San Luis Obispo Dissolution of Marriage Records

Dissolution of marriage records in San Luis Obispo County are available at the Civil and Family Branch of the Superior Court. Certified copies of a dissolution of marriage records are $15 and 50 cents per page. Interested persons can request copies in person or by mail. To make an in-person request, visit the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

San Luis Obispo Branch
1050 Monterey Street,
Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 706-3600

 

Paso Robles Branch
901 Park Street
Paso Robles, CA, 93446

For mail requests, fill out the Copy Request Form and mail it with payment and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Civil & Family Law Branch
1035 Palm Street
Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

San Luis Obispo County Marriage and Divorce Records

The Clerk-Recorder maintains San Luis Obispo County marriage records, while the county’s divorce records are in the custody of the Civil and Family Branch of the Superior Court.

To request divorce records, complete the Copy Request Form and mail it with payment and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Civil & Family Law Branch
1035 Palm Street
Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Alternatively, an in-person can be made with the case number by visiting the courthouse in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

San Luis Obispo Branch
1050 Monterey Street,
Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 706-3600

 

Paso Robles Branch
901 Park Street
Paso Robles, CA, 93446

Certified copies of divorce records are $15 and 50 cents per page.

Certified copies of San Luis Obispo County marriage certificates are accessible to authorized persons only. For individuals who are not authorized persons, information copies may be requested. An information copy is not a valid document to establish identity. Authorized persons include:

  • Any of the parties to the marriage.
  • Their parent, legal guardian, child, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling.
  • A person entitled to obtain the record pursuant to a court order.
  • Members of law enforcement agencies or representatives of other governmental agencies carrying out official business. A company representing a government agency must furnish authorization from the government agency.
  • Attorneys representing the registrant or their estate, or individuals or agencies authorized by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or their estate. If applying under a power of attorney, include a copy of the power of attorney with the application.

Record seekers can request a marriage record in San Luis Obispo online, in person, or by mail, fax, or email. Online requests are made using the Self-Service Portal. Once the information has been submitted, visit the Clerk-Recorder’s office with a valid identification within 30 days. To make an in-person request, use any of the kiosk computers in the office environment's lobby to fill out the application. Then, go to the counter with a valid identification to make payment and obtain the certificate.

Fill out and return the application form for mail, fax, or email requests. Attach the appropriate fee and credit card authorization form. Notarize the form if you are requesting an authorized certified copy. Submit your request using the applicable means with the information below:

County of San Luis Obispo Clerk-Recorder
1055 Monterey Street, Suite D120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Email: vitals@co.slo.ca.us
Fax: (805) 781-1111
Phone: (805) 781-5080

San Luis Obispo County Birth and Death Records

The Clerk-Recorder Office maintains San Luis Obispo birth records and death records. Certified copies of these records are available to authorized persons online. Persons who are not authorized can request informational copies, which cannot be used to establish identity. Authorized persons include:

  • The person named on the certificate.
  • Their parents or legal guardians.
  • Their child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner.
  • A person entitled to obtain the certificate by court order, an attorney, or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record according to Family Code 3140 or 7603.
  • A funeral director that orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of an authorized person and in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.
  • Members of law enforcement agencies or representatives of other governmental agencies conducting official business. Companies representing a government agency must furnish authorization from the respective government agency.
  • Attorneys representing the registrant or their estate, or individuals or agencies authorized by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or their estate. If applying under a power of attorney, include a copy of the power of attorney with the application.

San Luis Obispo birth certificates and death records are available online, in person, and by mail, fax, or email. Note that a person who wants to search the indices and view birth records must visit the Clerk-Recorder’s office and sign in with department staff.

To make an online request, use the Self-Service Portal. After submitting the application information, visit the Clerk-Recorder’s office with a valid identification to complete the process within 30 days. To make an in-person request, use a kiosk computer in the office lobby to complete the application, pay, and show valid identification at the counter to receive the requested certificate. The office address and contact information are below:

Clerk-Recorder San Luis Obispo Office
1055 Monterey Street
Suite D120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 781-5080

To make a mail, fax, or email request, fill out and return the birth records application form or the death records application form, along with the appropriate fee and credit card authorization form. You should notarize the application form requesting an authorized certified copy.

County of San Luis Obispo Clerk-Recorder
1055 Monterey Street, Suite D120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Email: vitals@co.slo.ca.us
Fax: (805) 781-1111

San Luis Obispo County Probate Court Records

Probate matters in San Luis Obispo County include cases involving estates, trusts, guardianship, and conservatorship. The county’s Civil and Family Law Branch files and handles all probate cases. Persons interested in obtaining copies of probate court records can visit the San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles courthouse from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The addresses are as follows:

San Luis Obispo Branch:
1050 Monterey Street, Room 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 706-3600

 

Paso Robles Branch:
901 Park Street
Paso Robles, CA, 93446

Alternatively, a mail request can be submitted by filling out the Copy Request Form and submit with payment to:

San Luis Obispo County Superior Court - Civil & Family Law Branch
1035 Palm Street
Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 706-3600

San Luis Obispo County Property Records

The San Luis Obispo County Assessor is the county's custodian of property records. Interested persons can conduct property searches using the property information search portal. In-person or mail requests can also be submitted at any of the Assessor’s Offices below:

County Government Center
1055 Monterey Street
Suite D360
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Phone: (805) 781-5643
Main Office Fax: (805) 781-5641
Real and Business Property Fax: (805) 788-2042
Public Service/Front Counter Fax: (805) 788-2041
Mapping and Transfers Fax: (805) 781-4034

 

Atascadero Office
6565 Capistrano Avenue
Atascadero, CA 93422
Phone: (805) 461-6143
Fax: (805) 461-6159

The County Clerk-Recorder maintains copies of land records detailing the history of real properties in the county. Residents can search for recorded land documents using the search portal. Requests for land records can be made online, in person, by email, or by mail.

To submit an online request, use the self-service portal to locate the record, add.

To submit an in-person request, locate the record of interest using the public kiosk at the Clerk-Recorder Office and follow the instructions at the kiosk. You will need to make payment at the front counter to obtain copies of the record.

Mail or email requests require the requester to submit their request with a completed Credit Card Authorization Form, the record’s document number or book and page number of the document, and a reference name listed in the document to:

San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder
1055 Monterey Street
Suite D120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
vitals@co.slo.ca.us

San Luis Obispo County Court Records Online

Third-party online resources like Californiacourtrecords.us provide convenient access to San Luis Obispo County court records, allowing users to search for information from anywhere with an internet connection. This accessibility can save time and effort compared to traditional methods of obtaining court records. However, there may be concerns regarding the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by these third-party platforms. Additionally, some users may encounter costs associated with accessing certain records or utilizing premium features. It is important for users to weigh the advantages and limitations of online access to court records before relying solely on third-party resources.

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