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California - Disputing Public Records
Obtaining an Official Record
To obtain a copy of your own criminal record, you can request it from the Department of Justice (DOJ). You can start the process by completing one of these forms:
- Live Scan Form (in-state residents)
- Application to Obtain Copy of Criminal History Record (out-of-state residents)
Further instructions on how to complete these forms and where to send them can be found on the Department of Justice website.
If you qualify to expunge your record, you'll find extensive step-by-step instructions at the Sacremento County Public Law Library:
- Expunging Criminal Records
- Petition for Dismissal (form)
- Order for Dissmissal (form)
- Instructions for completing dismissal forms
Further information regarding cleaning your criminal history is available on the California Courts website.
Civil records generally include judgments, liens and evictions, as well as other family and small claims cases.
If you wish to appeal civil records such as evictions, you may find the Civil Appeals section of the California Courts most helpful. In California, the Appellate Courts are responsible for hearing appeals.
Bankruptcies can stay on your credit record for as long as 10 years. The most important place these records can affect you is on your credit report. To dispute a bankruptcy record that is inaccurate, contact each of the three major U.S. credit bureaus. Each has a process online for disputing records that appear on your file.
Disputing the actual public record can be much more challenging since the consumer is the one who files for the bankruptcy in the first place. More information can be found on the United States Courts website.
General Contact InformationDepartment of Justice
Voice: (916) 322-3360 or (800) 952-5225
Fax: (916) 323-5341
Administrative Office of the Courts
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-3688
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