Santa Clara County Arrest Records and Warrant Search

From time to time you might want to check the background of a person involved in your life. That person can be your date, your new employee or someone you wish to hire for a certain purpose.

Conducting a background check in Santa Clara County

To be able to examine a person’s criminal history, you will need to obtain three crucial items: outstanding warrants, arrest records and criminal records. Each portrays a different, yet related, aspect of a person criminal past.

Carrying out a Santa Clara County warrant search

To find out whether there is an outstanding arrest order against anyone you know, you should go to the Sheriff Office Records Division (located at 55 West Younger Avenue San Jose, California 95110-1721. Telephone number: 408-808-4700). To conduct a warrant inquiry on another person, you will be asked to present his or her full name and date of birth. If you want to check on yourself, you will have to present your ID. The service is free of charge. If it is discovered that you are wanted by the police, you will either be incarcerated or be asked to post bail (depending on the severity of your crime).

Undertaking an arrest search

To trace Santa Clara arrest records, refer to the inmate locator on the webpage of the county’s Department of Corrections. You can run your check based on either the detainee’s name or booking number. In any case, you will be required to fill in the detainee’s birth date and booking date. If you do not have these details, you can attempt to find an inmate by directly referring to the county jail: 150 W Hedding St, San Jose, CA 95110. Phone: 408-299-2306.

You can also opt for a more extensive California inmate search by using the online inquiry tool on the website operated by the CDCR.

Finding criminal records

Criminal records contain a person’s history of offenses and convictions. They are issued after a defendant has been found guilty in court, so to acquire them, you have to obtain Santa Clara County court records. Broadly speaking, California’s law stipulates that you can only garner information on yourself and to do that, you will have to

  • Fill in a record request form and deliver it to the sheriff office either in person or by mail.
  • Provide your fingerprints (it can be done in any police station).
  • Provide a notarized paper that verifies your identity and address.
  • Pay a fee of $25 (by check) to Santa Clara County Sheriff.

It may take up to a month to get the files. If your record involves juveniles or is related to an ongoing criminal investigation, the authorities may choose not to reveal it.

It might be possible to obtain criminal records related to others, but the process is slow and cumbersome. First, you need to get a case number which you can find by using the electronic case index on the Superior Court website (the index does not contain cases dated prior to 2004). Second, you have to contact the clerk’s office with the case number you acquired, send them a letter and ask them to do the search for you. You will be required to pay a fee. Rates are presented here.

Bear in mind that you will not be able to see all types of criminal records. What you are entitled to see mainly includes information on a person’s criminal history and arrest and probation reports. For further details, read the court’s guidelines.

To save you all this bureaucratic and tiring process, you are advised to use the search option on this page. It will instantly show you update criminal records including police and jail records. Your search will be 100% confidential.

Crime Data

According to data published by the California Department of Justice – in 2013, 4,538 violent crimes were committed in Santa Clara County’s territory. These crimes consisted of 53 murders, 393 rapes, 1,502 robberies and 2,590 assaults.  The number of property crimes was 44,475.