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Court Records, Criminal Defendants, Index of

Superior Court

Allows the public, for a fee, to access an index of defendants in criminal cases in the Los Angeles Superior Court via the Internet.   Provides a list of case numbers and filing dates related to the party/company name submitted. If available, counts, current charges, disposition and disposition dates will be included.  The site is updated daily.

Court Records, Divorce

Superior Court

Allows ordering of certified copies of final divorce decrees online. Requests and payments may be made on the Court's website; copies are delivered by mail. Allow 60 working days for processing and additional days for delivery via U.S. mail.

Courts, L.A. County

Crematory or Burial at Sea

Public Health, Department of
Vital Records
313 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 240-7816


(See Hearing Impaired)

Death Certificates

To obtain copies of death certificates for deaths occurring more than 45 days after the date of death, contact:

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Headquarters
12400 Imperial Hwy., Rm.  1002, Norwalk  90650
Phone (562) 462-2137
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hours: Third Thursday of the month 8 a.m. - 7   p.m.

Provides same day service at the Norwalk headquarters and all district offices for death records occurring from 1995 to present.

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 only specific individuals are allowed to receive an authorized certified copy of a death record.  An authorized certified copy of a death record may be required to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify Social Security and obtain other services related to an individual’s identity.

Those who are not authorized may receive an informational certified copy with the words “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity” imprinted across the face of the copy.

Individuals permitted to receive an authorized certified copy:

- The  registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.  

- A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order.

- A  member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another  governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.

      - A  child, grandparent, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant.
      - An  attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or  any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on  behalf of the registrant or the registrant estate.
    - Any  funeral director that orders certified copies of a death certificate  on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of  subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.

Individuals who do not fit into any of the above categories can only obtain an informational copy.

Records are available for deaths occurring in Los Angeles County since 1892.  To request a copy of a death certificate by mail, please include the following information:  Deceased full name, city of death (if known), or the range of years to be checked, the number of copies you need, your relationship to the deceased, and include a pre-addressed stamped envelope.  All requests must have a penalty of perjury statement, a notarized certificate of identity and a check or money order in the amount of $14 made out to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Death Records, P.O. Box 489, Norwalk, CA 90651-0489.   You may download a copy of the application at our website It takes approximately 15 working days to process requests.

Copies of death records to be mailed from the Norwalk office can be requested from the East Los Angeles, Florence/Firestone, Lancaster, LAX Airport and Van Nuys branch offices.  For a list of those offices, see “Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk Branch Offices.”  A valid ID will be requested for orders submitted in person.

You may place an expedited order via the Internet at using a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover). The fee is $14 for the certificate. Expedited orders will be processed within three working days of receipt of the penalty of perjury statement and the notarized certificate of identity. Credit card orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express Mail delivery is requested, which costs an additional $18.50. A $6 special handling fee will be charged on all credit card orders in addition to the copy fee. Information on deaths occurring within the past 45 days must be obtained from the Department of Public Health, 313 N. Figueroa St., Rm. L-1, Los Angeles 90012, (213) 240-7816.

Debts for County Services

Treasurer and Tax Collector
Rm. 109, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
225 N. Hill St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-0160
Phone (213) 974-0197 (Immigration clearance)

Provides collection services for delinquent accounts receivables to various County departments.


(See Real Estate Records)

Design Control Board Commission

13484 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey 90292
Phone (310) 305-9505

Reviews plans for exterior modifications or improvements to Marina del Rey parcels.

Dinosaur Exhibitions

(See Natural History Museum under "Museums")

Direct Assessments

Auditor-Controller, Department of
153 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone: (213) 974-8368

Direct Assessments are charges by agencies to pay for services provided directly to property.

These services include, for example, street lighting, sewer maintenance, flood control and weed abatement. Direct assessments are separately listed on property tax bills.

The telephone number for each direct assessment is listed on the property tax bill and can be obtained by accessing the Auditor-Controller’s website at

Disabilities, County Commission on

Rm. B-50, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-1053
Fax (213) 633-5102
TDD: (213) 974-1707

Advises the Board of Supervisors of the unique needs of people with disabilities, including but not limited to the areas of health, employment, education, public attitudes and barriers; sponsors the annual Access Awards ceremony and luncheon, which recognizes businesses and community members that encourage better access of information and services to members of the disability community; administers the annual Scholarship Program, which awards educational scholarships to students with disabilities; provides referrals to appropriate governmental agencies and community organizations. The commission meets the third Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.


(See Human Relations Commission)


Disney Concert Hall

Dispute Resolution Program

Community and Senior Services
(213) 738-2621

Neutral highly-trained mediators help disputants look at all sides of a conflict and work together to find an effective, fair and reasonable solution to the specific dispute.

District Attorney

Hall of Justice
211 W. Temple St., Suite 1200, Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-3512

Prosecutes individuals charged with felony or misdemeanor crimes; handles specialized felony cases involving narcotics, gang-related crimes, sex crimes, child abuse, child abduction, consumer and environmental protection, domestic violence, major frauds, insurance frauds and elder abuse.

Assists crime victims and witnesses. Conducts office hearings to resolve neighborhood disputes and minor criminal complaints outside the criminal court system.

Code Enforcement Section
201 N. Figueroa St., 16th Fl., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 580-8715 

Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 978-3600 

Family Violence Division
210 W. Temple St., Rm. 18-702, Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-3785 

Public Affairs Division
320 W. Temple St., Rm. 1162, Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-7401 

Victim-Witness Assistance Program
3204 Rosemead Blvd., Ste. 200, El Monte 91731
Phone (626) 927-2500 


Airport Branch Office
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., Ste. 601, Los Angeles 90045
Phone (310) 727-6500 

Alhambra Branch Office
150 W. Commonwealth Ave., Alhambra 91801
Phone (626) 308-5302 

Antelope Valley Branch Office
42011 4th St. West, Ste. 3530, Lancaster 93534
Phone (661) 974-7700 

Bellflower Area Office
10025 E. Flower St., Rm. 374, Bellflower 90706-5412
Phone (562) 804-8085 

Burbank Satellite Office
300 E. Olive Ave., Rm. 215, Burbank 91505
Phone (818) 557-3525 

Compton Branch Office
200 W. Compton Blvd., Rm. 700, Compton 90220-3193
Phone (310) 603-7483 

Downey Area Office
7500 E. Imperial Hwy, Rm. 324, Downey 90242
Phone (562) 803-7100 

East Los Angeles Area Office
4848 E. Civic Center Way, Rm. 201, Los Angeles 90022
Phone (323) 780-2032 

El Monte Area Office
11234 E. Valley Blvd., Rm. 110, El Monte 91731
Phone (626) 575-4155 

Glendale Area Office
600 E. Broadway, Rm. 280, Glendale 91206
Phone (818) 500-3593 

Inglewood Area Office
One Regent Street, Inglewood 90301
Phone (310) 419-5182 

Long Beach Branch Office
275 Magnolia Avenue, Suite 3195,, Long Beach 90802
Phone (562) 247-2000 

Metropolitan Area Office
L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway, Ste. 730, Los Angeles 90007
Phone (213) 744-4201 

Norwalk Branch Office
12720 Norwalk Blvd., Rm. 201, Norwalk 90650
Phone (562) 807-7212 

Pasadena Branch Office
300 E. Walnut St., Rm. 103, Pasadena 91101
Phone (626) 356-5620 

Pomona Branch Office
400 Civic Center Plaza, Rm. 201, Pomona 91766
Phone (909) 620-3350 

San Fernando Branch Office
900 Third St., 3rd Fl., San Fernando 91340
Phone (818) 898-2511 

Santa Clarita Area Office
23747 W. Valencia Blvd., Rm. 1, Santa Clarita 91355
Phone (661) 253-7244 

Torrance Branch Office
825 Maple Ave., Rm. 190, Torrance 90503
Phone (310) 222-3552 

West Covina Area Office
1427 West Covina Pkwy., Rm. 105, West Covina 91790
Phone (626) 813-3301 

Van Nuys Branch Office
6230 Sylmar Ave., Rm. 201, Van Nuys 91401
Phone (818) 374-2400


(See “Court Records” and “Family Law”)

Dog and Cat Licenses

Department of Animal Care and Control – (Headquarters)
5898 Cherry Ave., Long Beach 90805
Phone (562) 728-4706

County regulations require that residents of unincorporated areas have their dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies.  Dogs must be microchipped and comply with spay/neuter requirements.  To obtain a dog or cat license, present a certificate of rabies vaccination, plus microchip information (for dogs), and proof of compliance with spay/neuter requirements (for dogs) to the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

Domestic Partners

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Hwy., Rm. 2001, Norwalk 90650
Phone (562) 462-2177

Couples may file a statement of domestic partnership between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays at the Norwalk office or any branch office.  For a list of branch offices, see “Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Branch Offices.”

Both partners must be 18 years or older and at least one partner must reside or work within Los Angeles County. It costs $20 to file a statement of domestic partnership.  The statement may be amended upon payment of $13.  Either partner may file a statement of termination of domestic partnership upon payment of $15.  Certified copies are available for $6 per copy.  Forms are available on the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website select “County Clerk Operations” and “Domestic Partnership.”

Domestic Violence

Provides information on what domestic violence victims can do and where they can go for help by calling toll-free (800) 978-3600 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Recorded message is in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog/Filipino, Khmer, Japanese, Thai and Armenian.

Allows victims of domestic abuse to determine if their abuser is still in jail by calling the Sheriff Department’s Victims Information and Notification (VINE) hotline at (877) 846-3452. Victims may also register with the VINE system at the time of sentencing to be automatically notified when the abuser is released from custody.