Public Records Requests
In accordance with the California Public Records Act (“Act”), Government Code §6250 et. seq., San Joaquin County (County) provides access to public records, except those exempt from disclosure by law. Under the Act, the public is entitled to copies of identifiable, non-exempt public records (Government Code §6253). The Act requires the County to provide access to, or copies of, records responsive to your request that are in its possession, subject to certain exceptions, pursuant to Government Code §6254, et seq. The Act does not require the County to provide information, answer questions, or create records that do not exist.
How Do I Request Public Records?
Although a written request is not required, a clear description of the records you seek including dates, subjects, and titles helps County staff respond timely to your request. You are not required to provide your name, address or reason for the request; however, providing current contact information (e.g. telephone number, email or mailing address) allows County staff to reach you if there is a question regarding your request.
You may request public records using one of the following methods:
- By email – complete the Public Records Request Form via this website and hit submit to send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By fax to 209-468-3694.
- By US Mail – complete the Public Records Request Form, print and mail to: San Joaquin County Clerk of the Board, 44 N. San Joaquin Street, Suite 627, Stockton, CA 95202.
- In person – paper forms are available in the Clerk of the Board office.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact our office at 209-468-2350.