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San Mateo County, CA Public Records

Redwood City - Superior Court
400 County Center, 1st Fl, Rm A
Hall of Justice and Records
Redwood City, CA 94063
Hours: 8:30AM-2PM M-F (10AM-2PM phone hrs) PST
P: 650-261-5100
Jurisdiction: Felony, Civil Actions over $25,000, Probate, Family
Restricted Records: No confidential jackets on conservatorships & guardianships, adoptions, juvenile, medical, probation or sealed records released
Located in the Hall of Justice are the Executive Officer/Clerk and Jury Commissioner, Administration, Criminal, Civil, Family Law, Jury, Family Law Facilitators, Probate, Records Management, and Small Claims Department.
Superior Court - Traffic
500 County Center
Redwood City Annex
Redwood City, CA 94063
Hours: 8:00AM-4PM PST
P: 650-261-5100, 650-363-4300
Jurisdiction: Traffic
Superior Court - Northern Branch (Closed)
Restricted Records: No probation reports or confidential information records released
Closed - see court in Redwood City,
San Mateo Central Branch (Closed)
Matter heard at this Division have been relocated to Redwood City.
Superior Court -Small Claims Clerk
400 County Center, 4th Fl
Southern Branch: Hall of Justice
Redwood City, CA 94063
Hours: 8:30AM-2PM PST
P: 650-261-5075, 650-363-4300
Jurisdiction: Traffic, Small Claims
Small Claims Divisions for San Mateo and South San Francisco divisions have been relocated here in Rm A on the 1st Floor of the Hall of Justice. Small Claims, Family Law, and Probate are searchable at

San Mateo County, CA Vital Records

Contact the San Mateo 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 Mateo County
County Recorder
555 County Ctr, 1st Fl
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-363-4500
Fax: 650-599-7458
Recorded Documents, Fictitious Business Names

San Mateo County Vital Certificates

San Mateo 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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San Mateo County Information

San Mateo County is located in the California San Francisco Bay area. It encompasses most of the San Francisco Peninsula and is bordered completely on one side by the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the county seat. Today, the county is listed as one of the 20 richest counties (based on incomes) in the United States, a fact made apparent by the number of expensive homes and summer "cottages" that have sprung up throughout the county.

An exciting and unique way to get the lay-of-the-land when you visit for the first time is aboard a Go-Car. These bright yellow go-cart-type vehicles offer GPS programs (you select the tour of your choice) that direct you to the key points of interest in the area.

Some of the prime real estate in the county is found in San Francisco. Visit the Haight-Ashbury district to see where the hippie movement took place. There are some great shops, clubs, and restaurants in the area that display memorabilia of the "summer of love." Wear comfortable shoes, and you can grab a snack in Golden Gate Park, then work it off by walking a mile to see the famous Painted Ladies in Alamo Square.

The Fillmore District is home to The Fillmore Jazz Festival and hosts a number of fine jazz clubs. Japantown offers the best of Asian cuisine and tradition. The Peace Pagoda is a must-see as you wander among the shops and restaurants in this area known as the Western Addition. The Presidio, at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, is another must-see for its mix of parks, shops, and cafes. Suffice it to say, there is so much to see in San Mateo County that a week is not enough…in fact, you may want to stay.

San Mateo County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 449.07 sq mi
Population (2009): 718,989
  • Females: 50.2%
  • White: 66.5%
  • Black/African American: 3.2%
  • Asian: 24.9%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 23.7%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 44.5%
Population Change (2000-2009): 11,825
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 32.3%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 41.5%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 6.5%
High School Graduates (2000): 85.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 39%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.74
Housing Units (2000): 260,576
Homeownership Rate (2000): 61.4%
Migration Flow to San Mateo County, CA from (2007-2008):

San Mateo County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $36,517,724
  • Construction: $1,970,534
  • Retail Trade: $2,133,522
  • Professional and Technical Services: $7,212,302
  • Healthcare: $2,245,560
  • Banking: $3,400,339
  • Retail Trade: $2,133,522
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $903,665
  • Manufacturing: $4,886,379
  • Farms: $64,125
  • Government: $2,476,624
Employed (2000): 361,640
Unemployed (2000): 12,191
Unemployment Rate (2009): 8.6%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $71,753
Local Government Employment (2007): 27,512
Local Government Revenue (2007): $2,968,002 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $1,988,851 (thou. dol.)

San Mateo County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 9,914
  • Per 1,000 population: 14.2
Deaths (2007): 4,536
  • Per 1,000 population: 6.5
Infant Deaths (2007): 43
  • Per 1,000 population: 4.3

San Mateo County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 2,167
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 18
  • Forcible rape: 142
  • Robbery: 731
  • Aggravated Assault: 1,276
Property Crimes (2008): 16,986
  • Burglary: 2,743
  • Larceny-Theft: 11,826
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 2,417

San Mateo County Genealogy Records