The keeping, maintaining, and securing of public records is mandated by law and founded upon the express purpose of public policy, openness, and the general requirement of practicability. These records contain information that are essential to everyday life, and it is for these reasons that the records collection known as the Alameda County Public Records are of great importance to the people.
In general, court records are always available to the public. This is because they are of use for lawyers and other law practitioners who are searching for precedent for their cases and because they are of great use even in private lives. These records contain information that may be of great use to a person who is not only searching for precedent even if said person is not a lawyer, but also for background checks, not only of people but also of property.
In Alameda County, public records are available from two places. The first is the office of the clerk-recorder where birth, death, and marriage records are kept. The second is the office of the superior court of Alameda County where court records are kept. Within the archives of the Superior Court, there are also copies of birth, death, and marriage records so it may be more efficient to head there instead of going to the office of the clerk-recorder.
The procedure to obtain information from the clerk-recorder of Alameda County is relatively simple. There are available forms that must be downloaded from the internet. These forms correspond to the exact record that a searcher wishes to look for. Once these forms are completed, the searcher would send them to the office of the clerk-recorder along with the required fee. Note that the fee is required to be paid even if the search at that office turns out empty. Should the records be located, note that the clerk would send copies of the records to the searcher, so it is necessary to include a self-addressed return envelope with the request. Birth certificates cost thirty dollars, death certificates cost twenty three dollars, and marriage certificates cost seventeen dollars.
At the office of the superior court, there is a different procedure. Court records could be searched for only within the premises of the office of the Superior Court of Alameda County, but in general, court records may be viewed free of charge. Note that there are some court records that may be sealed by valid order of the law such as juvenile records. Under California law, searching for juvenile records would require the searcher to petition the juvenile court first. The same is true for adoption records which are confidential and may only be viewed with permission from the court.
The other option of searching for records is to take the search online. There are a number of online databases that are available including one from the Superior Court of Alameda County. There are a number of advantages that could be taken from using online databases, foremost of which is the practicability and efficiency of the same. An internet search, after all, does not require the searcher to leave his home in order to start the search. In addition, internet searches are faster and some of these databases are often free to use.
Alameda County Clerk Of Court Public Records
To obtain information from the office of the clerk-recorder, follow the given instructions