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Orange County, CA Public Records

Superior Court - Santa Ana - Criminal Operations
700 Civic Center Dr W
Central Justice Center
Santa Ana, CA 92702
Hours: 8AM-4PM PST
P: 657-622-6878
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Evictions
Restricted Records: No adoption, juvenile, medical, probation, confidential, or sealed records released
Note as of January 2, 2014, the Court began a transition to exclusive use of electronic documents in criminal cases.
Superior Court - Santa Ana - Civil
700 Civic Center Dr W
Central Justice Center
Santa Ana, CA 92702
Hours: 8AM-4PM PST
P: 657-622-5300
Jurisdiction: Civil Limited and Unlimited, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No adoption, juvenile, medical, probation or sealed records released
All Complex Civil cases (actions involving the California Environmental Quality Act and Toxic Waste) in the county are heard at The Civil Complex center at 751 W Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana CA 92701.
Harbor - Laguna Hills Superior Court - Civil Division (Closed - see Santa Ana)
As of July 1. 2013 this court location closed. See Santa Ana.
Harbor-Newport Beach Facility - Criminal Division
4601 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660-2595
Hours: 8AM-4PM PST
P: 657-622-5400
F: 714-647-4851
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Infractions, Evictions
Restricted Records: No probation report, unlawful detainer records released
Includes also Viejo, Dana Pt, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, New Port Beach, Rancho St. Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.
North Orange County Superior Court
1275 N Berkeley Ave
North Justice Court
Fullerton, CA 92832-1258
Hours: 8AM-4PM PST
P: 657-622-5600
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic
Restricted Records: No probation reports or UD's for 60 days released
Traffic phone- 877-872-2122. Includes the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, Cypress, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Stanton, and Yorba Linda.
West Orange County Superior Court
8141 13th St
West Justice Center
Westminster, CA 92683-4593
Hours: 8AM-4PM PST
P: 657-622-5900
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Traffic
Restricted Records: No probation reports, unlawful detainer (under 60 days old) records released
Includes the cities of Cypress, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Westminster and adjoining and unincorporated territory.
Orange County Family Court
341 The City Dr
Lamoreaux Justice Center
Orange, CA 92868-3205
Hours: 8AM-4PM PST
P: 657-622-8457
F: 657-622-8371
Jurisdiction: Juvenile, Family
Jurisdiction includes juvenile, family law, domestic violence, and mental health filings. Search free at
Orange County Probate Court
751 W Santa Ana Blvd
Civil Complex Center
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hours: 8AM-4PM PST
P: 657-622-8452
Jurisdiction: Juvenile, Family
The Probate/Mental Health clerk's office and courtrooms are located at the Central Justice Center in the city of Santa Ana as shown here. This facility does not handle traffic matters.

Orange County, CA Vital Records

Contact the Orange County Office of the County Clerk Recorder if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Orange County
County Clerk Recorder
12 Civic Center Plza, Rm 101 & 106
Hall of Records
Santa Ana, CA 92701
8AM-4:30PM PST
Phone: 714-834-2500
Fax: 714-834-2675
Recorded Documents

Orange County Vital Certificates

Orange County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Orange County Information

In spite of its small size, Orange County in Southern California is one of the most populous counties in the United States - sixth, in fact. With its position between Los Angeles and San Diego along the coastline, the county is known for its beautiful beaches (Laguna Beach and Newport Beach are two of the most popular) and idyllic surf spots. Nearby Catalina Island gets about a million visitors each year, with people coming to take glass bottom boat tours of the reefs and shipwrecks or to snorkel or scuba dive. The island is also home to great beaches, a casino, shops, and restaurants. Back on the mainland, Orange County also boasts beautifully planned parks where visitors can hike, bike, or just relax and enjoy the manicured scenery.

Orange County does have a reputation for being quite affluent, with upscale communities, shopping, dining, and more. Interestingly, Orange is also the largest county in the U.S. to have gone bankrupt, which it did in 1994. Obviously, the area has rebounded since then and is often portrayed as a "ritzy" area. Indeed, the cities within the county have much to offer in terms of restaurants and high-end shops. However, the county is also well known for its major attractions of Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Residents and visitors alike enjoy these amusement parks, which get millions of visitors each year. If you live in Orange County or are just visiting, you'll quickly realize that your entertainment options - indoor or outdoor - are plentiful.

Orange County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 789.4 sq mi
Population (2009): 3,026,786
  • Females: 49.9%
  • White: 78%
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • Asian: 16.6%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 34.2%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 45.5%
Population Change (2000-2009): 180,489
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 29.9%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 41.4%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 9.9%
High School Graduates (2000): 79.5%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 30.8%
Persons per Household (2000): 3
Housing Units (2000): 969,484
Homeownership Rate (2000): 61.4%
Migration Flow to Orange County, CA from (2007-2008):

Orange County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $118,257,674
  • Construction: $9,984,474
  • Retail Trade: $7,649,749
  • Professional and Technical Services: $13,886,895
  • Healthcare: $8,313,162
  • Banking: $11,971,709
  • Retail Trade: $7,649,749
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $3,672,334
  • Manufacturing: $15,153,327
  • Farms: $104,199
  • Government: $11,062,181
Employed (2000): 1,338,838
Unemployed (2000): 71,059
Unemployment Rate (2009): 9%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $50,463
Local Government Employment (2007): 120,088
Local Government Revenue (2007): $10,600,707 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $12,043,216 (thou. dol.)

Orange County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 44,038
  • Per 1,000 population: 14.9
Deaths (2007): 16,886
  • Per 1,000 population: 5.7
Infant Deaths (2007): 187
  • Per 1,000 population: 4.2

Orange County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 7,637
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 72
  • Forcible rape: 430
  • Robbery: 3,034
  • Aggravated Assault: 4,101
Property Crimes (2008): 63,705
  • Burglary: 11,583
  • Larceny-Theft: 44,758
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 7,364

Orange County Genealogy Records