Lookup Public Records in Santa Cruz County, California. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.
Santa Cruz County, California
Santa Cruz County is located on the Pacific coast of the state of California. In the original act, the county was given the name of “Branciforte” after the Spanish pueblo founded there in 1797. Less than two months later, on April 5, 1850, the name was changed to “Santa Cruz” which means “Holy Cross”. The county seat is also Santa Cruz. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a population of approximately 262,382 and a total area of 607 square miles. It is the second-smallest county in California by land area and third-smallest by total area. Of all other California’s counties, only San Francisco is physically smaller.
California Rules of Court provide the Santa Cruz County residents with access to court records for viewing and duplication. Most court records can be viewed or duplicated by the public unless they are sealed by a judge. Although rules of court encourage the use of electronic records, Santa Cruz works mostly with records that are not electronic at this time. To view records that are available online, visit court records. The website also has the fees applicable to duplicating court records. However, Santa Cruz County plans transition to more electronic records in 2016.
Court records for all case types may be viewed and duplicated by visiting the courthouse in person at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. However, family claims and small claims records must be viewed in Watsonville, at the courthouse at 1 Second Street, Watsonville, CA 95076. Office hours for both courthouses are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday. The court operates public viewing rooms in both locations. Records that you wish to view or duplicate can be accessed through the two courthouses; the standard turnaround and availability of records can vary from a couple of days to several weeks depending on the records you request. You may also email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the courthouse at (831) 420-2200/ (831) 786-7200 and make enquiries regarding court records.
Santa Cruz County Clerk
County Government Office
Address: 701 Ocean Street, Rm. 210 Santa Cruz, CA 95060