It is rather easy to see why people would want to get their hands on official records. These records, often called public records, are documents in the custody of government and have information on them that tend to establish or to prove something. Given this, they are often the best types of evidences that could be presented not only in court hearings but in everyday life as well. The good news is that these records are always easy to access and to procure, subject, of course, to the requirements of the law. Along with the requirements of practicality, the requirements of law required for the establishment of a collection of documents that came to be known as the Mendocino County Public Records.
Traditionally, there are two sources of records, the state level and the county level. There are also two traditional classifications of records, vital records and non-vital records. With recent legislation passed in order to at least minimize identity theft, there are now two classes of vital records, informational copies and authorized copies. Both contain information that are the same, but informational copies could not establish identity and authorized copies are only for people who fall in the exclusive list mandated by law.
State level searches are the province of the California Department of Public Health. Searches at this level are conducted by first downloading a form from the website of the department, but one must take care to download the correct form, as a request for an informational copy would require a different form than a request for an authorized copy. An authorized copy request would also require a notarized sworn statement, a blank copy of which could be downloaded from the same website. Once both have been completed, the fees would have to be determined in accordance with the schedule of fees. They range from twenty five dollars to fourteen dollars, and a money order for the same would have to accompany the requirements once they are sent to the department for processing.
County level searches are the responsibility of the Office of the Clerk-Recorder. At this level, the two classifications of public records may be procured. For vital records, the procedure is the same, though with the office replacing the role of the Department of Public Health. Again, a form has to be downloaded and completed, along with a notarized sworn statement for authorized copies and a money order for the fee. They range from twenty five dollars to fifteen dollars.
Searches for non-vital records at this level could only be conducted by actually appearing before the clerk and making the request there. Note that the copies of the clerk-recorder would not actually be given to the searcher, so the searcher must pay for a copy of the record request. The fee is one dollar per regular sized page.
Another source of public records would be the internet. There are a number of online database that are easy to locate and use, though they provide the same information as the two levels of searches. Most of these website allow the records that they have to be downloaded at no charge, and because they are internet searches, they are faster, more efficient, and they do not require either lines or actual presence at their physical offices in order to start the search.
Mendocino County Public Court Records Access
The procedure to obtain birth certificates from the Office of the Clerk-Recorder is given below
Determine how you are going to request for the records:
If you wish to request in person.