California Penal Code sections 13300 through 13326 authorize the release of local summary criminal history information to the subject of the criminal history.

Local summary criminal history refers only to those arrests compiled by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  Persons requesting a local criminal history check often refer to this as a "Background Check" or "No Record" letter. 

To obtain a local criminal history report for incidents that fall outside of the San Diego Sheriff's jurisdiction you must contact the law enforcement agency that was responsible for the arrest. 

To obtain a copy of your state criminal history (also known as your "rap sheet"), you must contact the California Department of Justice.

Background checks for the purposes of entering another country, known as "Good Conduct" letters, for obtaining a hunting permit in Mexico, or international adoptions are processed by the Sheriff's License Division. For further information regarding "Good Conduct" letters, please contact the Sheriff's License Division at (858) 974-2020.

To obtain a copy of your local criminal history record, a Service Request Form (English | Spanish) must be submitted to the San Diego County Sheriff's Records & ID Division.

Submit the form by one of the following:
Visit the San Diego County Sheriff's Records & ID office during business hours Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
We are closed from 11:30am – 12:30pm for lunch starting March 1, 2019.

We are located at:
9621 Ridgehaven Ct
San Diego, CA 92123

Submit a request by mail

San Diego County Sheriff's Department
ATTN:  Records & ID Division, Booking Section
P.O. Box 939062
San Diego, CA 92193

A valid, government issued photo identification card (i.e., driver's license, passport, military ID) must be presented if request is submitted in person, or a copy of the ID must be enclosed if the request is submitted by mail.

Our goal is to process all requests within 3-10 business days.


The fee for obtaining a copy of a local criminal history report is $14.00, and must be paid at the time the request is submitted.  Fees can be paid by money order, certified check, or personal check.  Please make checks payable to the "San Diego County Sheriff's Department." Cash is also accepted if presented in person.