The Arrest Records Unit is responsible for processing bookings for every person booked into the downtown Central Receiving Facility and our booking facilities located in Ridgecrest and Mojave. We confirm warrants and place holds with other counties and states; disseminate local criminal history information to authorized individuals; collect fees for civil bench warrants and small claims warrants.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION
California Government Code Section 6254(F), also known as the Public Records Act, dictates we must make available contemporaneous arrest information to the public. Arrest information is public provided court proceedings are still pending. Once the case has been disposed it becomes local criminal history and law enforcement is prohibited from releasing it to the public. Only those authorized agencies outlined in Penal Code Section 13300 may receive local criminal history.
Court case information is public and may be obtained by going to the court website at www.kern.courts.ca.gov. This page includes date of arrest, charges, and court disposition.
Arrest Record – Arrestee:
If you have been arrested in the State of California and wish to receive a copy of your state-wide criminal history, you must complete a Request for Live Scan Service form and submit fingerprints electronically to the Department of Justice in Sacramento. Once you have completed the form you may report to any live scan facility to be fingerprinted. There is a $25 state fee and a rolling fee of $10 to $25, depending upon the live scan site used. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Licensing Unit offers this service Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a fee of $10.
If you have been arrested by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, you may purchase your own booking photo for a $5 fee by appearing in person with photo ID. Please note: Arrest Records staff is not authorized to release booking photos to the public or the media.
If you have been arrested and need information regarding a specific arrest, Arrest Records will provide you with this information at no charge. If you need your entire local criminal history there is a $25 charge.
You may petition the court to seal your criminal history by completing a Petition to Seal and Destroy Adult Arrest Records. If no court case was filed (you did not appear in court) the petition must be submitted to the law enforcement agency making the arrest within two (2) years. If you appeared in court and were found factually innocent within the last two years, the petition must be filed with the court of jurisdiction and a copy filed with the District Attorney’s Office.
Warrant information is not released over the phone. The subject of the warrant must appear in person at the 2nd floor jail office, located at the downtown Central Receiving Facility at 1415 Truxtun Avenue, with photo ID to confirm the existence of an outstanding warrant.
The public (or suspect) may contact the court for warrant information by phone at:
- Felonies – (661) 868-5393, option 4
- Misdemeanors – (661) 868-7207
- Traffic – (661) 868-2382
OTHER PUBLIC SERVICES
Individuals requesting a clearance letter, also known as a “Letter of Good Conduct”, must submit prints electronically to the Department of Justice in Sacramento for a state-wide criminal history check. Once you have completed the Request for Live Scan Service form you may report to any live scan facility to be fingerprinted. There is a $25 state fee and a rolling fee of $10 to $25; depending upon the live scan site used. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Licensing Unit offers this service Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a fee of $10.
In some instances, such as foreign adoption and hunting outside of the United States, the live scan response alone may not be sufficient. The requestor may still require a letter from the local law enforcement agency. These “Letters of Good Conduct”, also known as clearance letters, are still available at Arrest Records for a fee of $5 per letter. The person requesting the letter must appear in person with valid photo ID and bring their own Notary.
Question of Identity:
If you feel someone has been arrested using your name and other identifying information, you can come to Arrest Records with photo ID to obtain a “Not Same As” letter. Arrest records will capture your fingerprints and the Identification Unit will compare your prints to those of the arrestee; documenting their findings in written form. This service is free of charge.