Submit a Public Records Act Request

How?

Submit a request online.  (For Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney's requests, see below.)

How soon will the County respond?

In most cases, the County will determine whether it is in possession of disclosable public records and notify you within 10 days.

The County may require a 14-day extension of time to determine whether to comply with your request if there is a need to:

  • Search for and collect the requested records from field facilities;
  • Search for and examine a voluminous number of records;
  • Consult with other agencies or county departments with a substantial interest in the determination of the request;
  • Compile data or construct a computer report to extract data.

Who can initiate a request?

Anyone may initiate a request for public records.

Cost

Paper copies are generally $ .25 per page. Emailed records are free of charge. There is no fee to inspect records.

What is a Public Record?

A “public record” includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained in any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics.

A “writing” includes any handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, photocopying, transmitting by electronic mail or facsimile, and every other means of recording upon any tangible thing any form of communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, sounds or symbols, or combinations thereof, and any record thereby created, regardless of the manner in which the record has been stored.

Questions?

Email PRA@saccounty.net  

Sheriff’s Department Records

Requests for Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department records should be in writing and mailed to:

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
Professional Standards Division
Attn: Public Records Act Coordinator
711 G Street
Sacramento CA 95814

Please be advised that monthly crime statistics are available at http://www.sacsheriff.com/ under the “services” link.

  • The name and occupation of every individual arrested by the Sheriff’s Department, the individual's description, the time and date of arrest, the time and date of booking, the location of the arrest, the factual circumstances surrounding the arrest, the amount of bail set, the time and manner of release or the location where the individual is currently being held, and all charges the individual is being held upon are available on a daily basis at 711 G Street.
  • Much of the booking information is also available at http://www.sacsheriff.com/inmate_information/.
  • Pursuant to law, for Public Records Act purposes, the Sheriff’s Department does not disclose records of complaints, investigations, intelligence information, security procedures, or investigatory or security files compiled for correctional purposes.

Sheriff’s Department Contact:

Professional Standards Division
711 G Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-874-5098

District Attorney’s Office Records

Requests for Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office records should be in writing and mailed to:

Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
Attn: Administration
901 G Street
Sacramento, CA 95814