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Services Provided by the Records Department

The Records Department is not authorized to interpret the legal status of any case.

Uncertified Copies of Court Records

  • Uncertified copies are $0.50 per page and may be purchased from the Clerk's Office intake window from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Certified Copies    

  • Certifications are charged at $11.00 per document, and an additional $0.50 per page
  • Only copies of original court documents on file can be certified.

Archive Records Request

  • For retrieval of one box of records from the Federal Records Center, a $64.00 non-refundable fee is required. For retrievals involving multiple boxes, a $39.00 fee for each additional box is required.
  • To determine if a case is archived, please contact the records department by email at:

Name and Case Index 1992 to the Present (within the Central District of California only)

  • A non-refundable fee of $30.00 will be charged for any name index searched.
  • Please provide exact name to search, time frame; date of birth; Social Security Number, and case type/s (criminal and/or civil).
  • A certificate of search will be provided upon completion of index. Form G-54.

Name and Case Index 1992 and Prior (within the Central District of California only)

  • Please contact the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at (951) 956-2000, via email: for further assistance.  


  • An exemplified copy of a document is an official certificate signed by a judge certifying that the document is a complete, true and correct copy of the original document.  An exemplified document can also be used as  an official document like a certified document. When a document is exemplified, the correspondence clerk must complete an “Exemplification Certificate.”    Form G-07
  • A non-refundable fee of $18.00 will be charged for any exemplifications, and an additional $0.50 per page, and $11.00 for certification of the document if needed.


  • Apostiles services are only provided for court documents pertaining to the Central District of California, Federal Court.
  • A non-refundable fee of $18.00 is required to process this service.


  • For copies of transcripts, please contact the Court Reporter’s Office General Information Line: 213-894-3015.

The records department will not process your request until full payment is received.

*******The above quoted rates are established pursuant to Title 26, Section 1914 of the United States Code.*******

Exhibit Tags

  • If counsel are required to use the court's exhibit tags, the tags can be obtained from the Clerk’s Office Records Department in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, or Riverside.



  • Please make remittance in the form of a cashier’s check, certified bank check, business or corporate check, or a money order drawn on a major American bank or the United States Postal Service, payable to "Clerk, U.S. District Court."  See a complete list of fees.
  • Personal checks or checks drawn on non-business accounts will not be accepted.
  • Credit cards are only accepted in person at our fiscal office  312 N. Spring Street, Room 529 Los Angeles CA, 90012.

Submitting a Request

Records requests may be submitted by email or postal mail at the following addresses:

Postal Mail:

Central District of California
Western Division

Los Angeles Courthouse
Attention Correspondence Clerk
312 N. Spring Street, Room G-8
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Central District of California
Southern Division

Santa Ana Courthouse
411 West Fourth Street, Room 1053
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4516

Central District of California
Eastern Division

Riverside Courthouse
3470 Twelfth Street, Room 134
Riverside, CA 92501

Public Window

Office hours for all three divisions: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of federal holidays.

Viewing Court Records

Case Naming Conventions

Division Year Case Type Case Number
LA 07 CV 01234
ED   CR 00123


Los Angeles = LA or 2, Riverside = ED or 5, Santa Ana = SA or 8


Use two digit numbers for the year.

Case Type:

CV = Civil Case, CR = Criminal Case, MJ = Magistrate Case, MC/CM = Miscellaneous

Case Number:

Case numbers have a maximum of five digits


We invite customers to take advantage of the “Public Access to Court Electronic Records” or PACER service. PACER is a browser based electronic retrieval system that provides criminal and civil summaries and docket information using a computer terminal.  PACER also provides access to scanned civil judgments, order and minute orders.  To establish a PACER account, contact the PACER Service Center at or 800-676-6856.

  • If you are in the Los Angeles area, you are welcome to come into our offices at 312 N. Spring Street (corner of Spring and Temple), Room G-8, to search our public computer terminals for the information you are seeking. Once found, you may arrange for the copy service to prepare uncertified copies.