Case numbers beginning with the following are located at the courthouse and do not have to be pre-ordered:
- 13AD, 14AD, 15AD, 16AD
- 10FL, 11FL, 12FL, 13FL, 14FL, 15FL, 16FL
- 15DV, 16DV
- 15CP, 16CP
- 13FS, 14FS, 15FS, 16FS
If you do not know your case number, then you may look it up using the court's public access site.
Viewing or Copying Court Files
To obtain copies or certified copies of a Family Law file or document, you may:
- come in person to the Family Law Records counter,
- have a family member or friend come to the Family Law Records counter (for some case types),
- or hire a private agency to assist you.
If you reside outside of California, you may complete an Out of State Request for Family Law Records and mail it with the appropriate fee(s) to the Family Law Correspondence Clerk. To obtain certified copies of a Family Law document, the court must provide a copy for certification (i.e. you cannot bring in a copy from home).
When you come to the courthouse to view your file, you must provide valid state or federally issued photo identification. Additionally, you must obtain a ticket from the Reception booth. Tickets are available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., so please plan to arrive early.
Cases under the Uniform Parentage Actare confidential and can only be viewed by the parties named in the case or their attorneys. Exception: If written consent is provided by one of the parties authorizing a person not named in the file to view the case file.
Due to the strict laws regarding the confidentiality of adoption files, individuals who have been adopted are not permitted to see their adoption records without an order of the court. The following forms packet is used to request an order:
There are various fees that could be incurred when requesting copies, in addition to any fees charged by a private copy service.
Request a Court File Online
Older files that are not stored at the courthouse must be ordered from an off-site storage facility using our online court file request process.