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San Diego - Superior Court - Criminal
1100 Union St
Central Courthouse
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 8:30AM-4PM (business hrs); 8:30AM-11:30AM (phone hrs) PST
P: 619-844-2400
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor
Restricted Records: No adoption, juvenile, medical, probation or sealed records released
Both General and Limited Criminal records are located here. Central Records is in the basement.
North County Branch - Superior Court
325 S Melrose Dr, Ste 500 - 1st Fl
Vista, CA 92081
Hours: 8:30AM-3:30PM (till Noon on F) PST
P: 760-201-8600
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Actions, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic, Juvenile
Restricted Records: No sealed or confidential documents released
Includes cities of Oceanside, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Escondido, San Marcos, Vista and unincorporated towns of Del Dios, Olivehain, San Luis Rey, San Pasqual, Rancho Santa Fe, Valley Ctr., Bonsall, Palomar Mt., Borrego Spr., Pala, etc.
South County Branch - Superior Court
500 3rd Ave, 2nd Fl
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Hours: 7:30AM-4PM PST
P: 619-746-6200
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Traffic, Family Law
Restricted Records: No confidential or sealed records released
Includes National City, Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and that portion of the City of San Diego lying south of the City of Chula Vista and contiguous unincorporated areas. No longer holds civil cases.
East County Division - Superior Court
250 E Main St
El Cajon, CA 92020
Hours: 8:30AM-3:30PM (till Noon on F) PST
P: 619-456-4100
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil Restraining Orders, Family Law, Traffic
Restricted Records: No confidential or sealed records released
Includes El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Romona, Santee and unincorporated towns of Alpine, Boulevard, Campo, Dulzura, Grossmont, Jacumba, Jamul, Julian, Lakeside, Mesa Grande, Ramona, Spring Valley, Tecate.
San Diego - Superior Court - Civil Central Records
PO Box 120128
San Diego, CA 92112-0128
Hours: 8:30AM-3:30PM (till Noon on F) PST
P: 619-844-2761
Couriers: 1100 Union St
Central Records
San Diego, CA 92101
Jurisdiction: Civil, Eviction, Small Claims, Juvenile
Has Central Div. Ltd Jurisdiction civil cases. For any San Diego County request, always specify which division - Central, East, North or South. Central Records is in the basement. Probate located at Madge Bradley Bldg, 1409 4th Ave.
Ramona Branch - East Division - Closed - see El Cajon)
Kearny Mesa Branch - Central Division
8950 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92123
Hours: 8:30AM-4PM M-F (8:30AM-11:30AM phone hrs) PST
P: 858-634-1800
F: 858-634-1818
Jurisdiction: Small Claims, Traffic, Infractions
Some minor infractions are heard at this court.
Family Law Court
1100 Union St
New Central Courthouse, 4th Fl
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM PST
P: 619-844-2777
Jurisdiction: Family Law, Child Support, Marriage, Child Custody
1100 Union St
New Central Courthouse, 3rd Fl
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 8:30AM-4PM PST
P: 619-844-2676
Jurisdiction: Probate

San Diego County, CA Vital Records

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

San Diego County
County Recorder
1600 Pacific Hwy, #260
Admin Ctr, M/S: A-33
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-236-3771
Fax: 619-557-4155
Recorded Documents, Fictitious Business Names

San Diego County Vital Certificates

San Diego County Vital Certificates

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San Diego County Information

As one of Southern California's most populated counties, San Diego County is home to more than three million people and includes the San-Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area, which is the largest bi-national area between the United States and Mexico. With all it has to offer, it's no wonder so many people are flocking to this scenic area. The San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Legoland, and Balboa Park are just a few of the better known attractions the county offers, and there are plenty of lesser known entertainment venues in the area as well. For those seeking a bit of culture, the county also claims a symphony, opera, ballet and other dance troupes, and many theaters featuring live performances. Foodies will also be pleased with the variety of cuisines offered. Because the county features several vineyards and farmers' markets, chefs don't shy away from using fresh, local ingredients in their dishes, which is an added bonus for anyone who appreciates the finer nuances of dining.

Geographically, San Diego County is the southwestern-most county in the continental United States. With the Pacific Ocean bordering its western side and deserts to the east, there is a variety of outdoor activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. You'll find sparkling beaches, peaceful deserts, towering mountains, and abundant forests and wildlife within the county. During a visit to one of county's beaches (there are more than 30), you can surf, jog, play volleyball, Frisbee, or just walk and take in the scenery. Art and nature lovers will enjoy the Alta Vista Gardens whose motto is to "Bring together people, nature, and art." The U.S. military also has a significant presence in the county, with no less than 10 stations, which is a point of interest for many as well.

San Diego County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 4,199.89 sq mi
Population (2009): 3,053,793
  • Females: 49.8%
  • White: 79.4%
  • Black/African American: 5.6%
  • Asian: 10.4%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 31.3%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 50.4%
Population Change (2000-2009): 239,959
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 21.5%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 33%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 12.6%
High School Graduates (2000): 82.6%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 29.5%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.73
Housing Units (2000): 1,040,149
Homeownership Rate (2000): 55.4%
Migration Flow to San Diego County, CA from (2007-2008):

San Diego County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $103,406,024
  • Construction: $7,248,202
  • Retail Trade: $6,258,809
  • Professional and Technical Services: $13,419,098
  • Healthcare: $7,063,106
  • Banking: $5,414,584
  • Retail Trade: $6,258,809
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $3,554,656
  • Manufacturing: $9,766,107
  • Farms: $354,360
  • Government: $24,651,102
Employed (2000): 1,241,258
Unemployed (2000): 78,259
Unemployment Rate (2009): 9.7%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $44,430
Local Government Employment (2007): 145,932
Local Government Revenue (2007): $11,595,637 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $8,707,341 (thou. dol.)

San Diego County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 47,569
  • Per 1,000 population: 16
Deaths (2007): 19,181
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.4
Infant Deaths (2007): 242
  • Per 1,000 population: 5.1

San Diego County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 12,874
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 90
  • Forcible rape: 845
  • Robbery: 4,018
  • Aggravated Assault: 7,921
Property Crimes (2008): 84,294
  • Burglary: 16,931
  • Larceny-Theft: 47,389
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 19,974

San Diego County Genealogy Records