You should also know how to obtain a copy of your arrest record since there are different methods for doing so and every agency is different in their methods for releasing a copy. Lastly, it is important to be informed about how your San Diego County arrest record becomes a part of your overall criminal record to include your state criminal history as well as any background check done on you.
An arrest record, also known as a criminal record, is a formal record of offenses that you have been convicted of in a San Diego court. Offenses that you have pleaded guilty to or have been found guilty of in trial court will show up on this record. Each state keeps its own record of offenses that are committed, so you may have more than one record if you have been convicted of offenses in more than one location.
You can obtain your arrest record by contacting the San Diego County Sheriff?s Department. There are two methods for obtaining it: either in person or submitting a request by mail. If you choose to send a request by mail, you must first download a Service Request form in English or Spanish from the San Diego County Sheriff?s website.
You must fill out this form and send along a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID card with a $20 payment. This fee can be paid by personal check, money order, or certified check. The processing time for your mail-in request will range from 3 to 10 business days.
If you choose to get your arrest record in person, you can visit the San Diego County Sheriff?s Record & ID office during their business hours which is Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Their office is located at 9621 Ridgehaven Ct, San Diego. Cash is also accepted when making an in-person request.