What Public Records Are Available in California?

According to the California Public Records Act of 1968, all public records in California are available to the public except those specifically exempted by case or statutory law. Specific public records available to the public include birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce records and adoption records.

Other records available to the public include property records, including property tax assessments, sale information, building specifications and owner history. Arrest logs, crime reports and accident reports are available from police departments.

Records that jeopardize an individual's right to privacy are also exempted from the requirements of the Public Records Act. Sometimes, portions of records are not available due to privacy restrictions.