FAQ

How can I post bail / bond for an inmate?
  • Cash bail may be paid in cash, credit or debit card, bank Cashier’s checks, personal checks, money orders, and Traveler’s checks. 
  • Effective at noon on October 9, 2012, payment of bail may be made through EZ Card and Kiosk Company. EZ Card and Kiosk offers online payments using a debit or credit card, kiosk payments (located in the lobby of both the Intake and Release Center (IRC) and the Theo Lacy Branch Jail) as well as telephone payments.
  • Bail can be posted 24/7 at the IRC Cashier's Office for inmates housed at any Orange County Sheriff’s Department Jail facility.  
  • Bail can be posted at the Theo Lacy Cashier's Office only for inmates housed at the Theo Lacy Jail.  The Theo Lacy Cashier’s Office is open from 6:30 pm until midnight Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am until midnight Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • If the inmate is a new booking and has completed the booking process or has appeared in court and has been remanded to the custody of the Sheriff, bail can be posted at the IRC Cashier's Office at 550 N. Flower St., Santa Ana.
  • If the inmate has been sentenced, bail cannot be posted.
  • Bail/Bond information will be available approximately six hours after booking time.
How long does it take to bail or bond out an inmate?
The average time is approximately 4 hours, but could be as little as 2, or as much as 6 hours.
What is your mailing address?
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Attention: Support Services Division/Subpoenas and Administrative Services
P. O. Box 449
Santa Ana, Ca 92702
How do I request a clearance letter?
A clearance letter can be requested for the following purposes: adoption, Mexican hunting license, Visa, and immigration. You may make the request in person or through the mail. If you request one by mail, you can obtain a clearance letter request form through the FORMS link. Be sure to include a copy of a government issued identification and a check for $11.00, made payable to OCSD. Requests made in person are taken M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Please allow 7-10 working days for us to process your request.
How do I request a copy of my local summary criminal history information?
You can request a copy of your local summary criminal history information for the purpose of verifying its accuracy. You cannot request a copy for employment purposes (Penal Code § 13326). Requests can be made in person or through the mail. You may obtain a request form through our FORMS link. If you are mailing your request, you must include the following: a copy of a government issued identification, copy of your fingerprints, taken by a certified fingerprint technician at any local police agency, and a check for $24.00 made payable to OCSD. Requests made in person are taken M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm.  Please allow 7-10 working days for us to process your request.
How do I get my arrest record sealed?
To begin the process of sealing your record, you must fill out a Petition to Seal and Destroy Record form, located on our FORMS link. Mail completed form to us and we will begin the process.
How do I request a copy of my police report?
You can request a copy of your police report either in person, by mail, fax (714-834-5466) or email ( reportrequest@ocsd.org). Prior to requesting a copy of your report, you will need to contact our Records unit at: (714) 834-6454 to make sure that the report is in our office and to find out the cost. Crime reports are $.15 per page. All requesters must present a valid form of identification. If requesting by mail, a request form can be downloaded through the FORMS link. You will need to mail the completed form along with a copy of your ID and a check for the cost of the report.
What is a valid form of identification?
A valid form of ID is any form of identification that is USA government issued (e.g., Department of Motor Vehicle Driver's License, Department of Motor Vehicle issued identification card, USA issued passport, or USA issued Visa).
What type of payment does your department accept?
Our department accepts either cash or checks. All checks must have a pre-printed address that matches the address on the ID. Checks should be made out to OCSD.
Who do I call to find out the status of a case currently under investigation by the Sheriff's Department?
  • South Orange County (949) 249-5200
  • North Orange County (714) 647-7083
  • West Orange County (714) 891-2481
What type of subpoena does your division accept?
Our division accepts civil, criminal and deposition subpoenas for the production for records.  The Custodian of Records must be served in person at 320 N. Flower St., Santa Ana, CA.  A fee of $15.00 must be paid at the time of service.  The Coroner Division accepts their own subpoena for the production of records.  The Custodian of Records must be served in person at 1071 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA.  A fee of $15.00 must be paid at the time of service.  Subpoenas for the appearance of Sheriff Personnel must be served in person at the Subpoena Desk located at 550 N. Flower, Santa Ana, CA.  A fee of $150.00 must be paid at the time of service.
How can I find out if there is a warrant for my arrest?
This information is available via our department's website at http://www.ocsd.org , under e-Services. Or the CWR staff can inquire about any outstanding local warrants for a member of the public provided a full time and date of birth is given. This is necessary in order to get an exact match for retrieval of accurate information.
How can I take care of a warrant?
You must contact the appropriate court of issue by telephone or via their website at: www.occourts.org .
What are my charges on the warrant?
This information is available via our department's website at: http://www.ocsd.org, under e-services. or the CWR staff can retrieve warrant information on charges, bail amounts, and court warrant numbers.  
Can I make payment arrangements or send partial payment for my bail or fine?
In order to arrange a payment schedule, you must contact the appropriate court of issue. Please note, however, if the warrant states it is mandatory to appear then a court appearance date must be scheduled at the time bail is posted.
How do I find out the crime in my neighborhood or a neighborhood I am considering moving to?
You can obtain this information via our website at www.ocsd.org  under e-Services.
Can the public access the Job Opportunities in the department newsletter on the Intranet?
No. However, they can access the Job Opportunities on the department internet site at www.ocsd.org or visit the Orange County site for available positions countywide.
Who notifies me if the Sheriff's Department is holding my property?
It is the officer's responsibility to attempt to locate and notify owners. Generally, when property is seized as evidence or safekeeping, a receipt or business card will be left with the person it was taken from. This receipt or business card will contain the Sheriff's case number, and you will need this number when you contact the Sheriff's Property/Evidence Detail.
What are the criteria for retrieving my property from the Property/Evidence Detail?

Case Number: You must first have the case number (or DR #) that is assigned to your property.

Evidence: If the property was seized as evidence, the investigator assigned to the case must sign a release saying that you may pick up the item(s). Only the person listed as the owner of the property is authorized to pick the item(s) up. If the owner is hospitalized or otherwise incapacitated, a power of attorney form will be necessary. Valid photo identification must be presented in order to receive the item(s).

Weapons: Prior to making an appointment to have a firearm released to you, you must first obtain a Personal Firearms Eligibility Check (PFEC) with the California Department of Justice. Keep in mind that once you receive the clearance letter allowing you to possess a firearm, you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to make your appointment and to pick the firearm(s) up.

You may find the application for the PFEC, the cost to run the background check, and other answers to frequently asked questions dealing with the release of firearms at the following DOJ Link: http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/pfecfaqs.html

Firearms will not be released to a person if any of the following is applicable: (please leave the rest of the information including code sections below this info)

  • Felony conviction of any code.
  • Person under indictment or court information: includes any court under which a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year may be prosecuted.
  • Persons adjudged a ward of the juvenile court as a result of committing offenses listed under WI 707(b) or CPC 1203.073 until the age of 30.
  • Probation restrictions prohibiting the possession of firearms. Restraining orders prohibiting possession of firearms.
  • Persons who are addicted to drugs (CPC 12021).
  • Person who is a minor.
  • Misdemeanor convictions of the following Sections prohibit the possession of firearms for a period of 10 years from the date of conviction.

Penal Codes

71 240 273.5 12024

76 241 273.6 2034(b)

136.1 242 417 12034(d)

136.5 243 417.1 12040

140 244.5 417.2 12072(b)

148(d) 245 417.6 12072(g)(3)

171(b) 245.5 422 12100(a)

171(c) 246 626.9 12220

171(d) 246.3 646.9 12320

186.28 247 12023 12590

Welfare and Institutions Codes

871.5 8101 1001.5

8100 8103 5150

Safekeeping: Peace officers have the authority under CPC 12028.5 to temporarily take into custody firearms or other deadly weapons at the scene of domestic violence. No firearm or other deadly weapon shall be held less than 48 hours.

If the weapon is not retained as evidence to a criminal proceeding, the weapon shall be made available 48 hours after the seizure or as soon thereafter as possible, but no later than 5 business days after the seizure.

How long does the Sheriff's Department hold property taken for safekeeping?
Section 2080.10 (b) of the California Civil Code states that property taken for temporary safekeeping must be claimed within 60 days after the public agency obtains possession or the property will be disposed of in accordance with the disposal provisions of this article. It is the policy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department to retain all property taken for safekeeping for an additional 30 days prior to scheduling the property for disposal.

If the department was unable to make notification to the owner of the property, or if the owner provides written notification that they are in custody and unable to pick up the property or have an authorized person retrieve the property, the property will be retained no longer than 12 months. It will then be scheduled for disposal.
How long does the Sheriff's Department hold found property?
California Civil Code requires the Sheriff's Department to retain found property for a minimum of 90 days, after which such property may be sold at public auction. It is the policy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department to retain all found property for an additional 30 days prior to scheduling the property for disposal.
How can I turn in found property to the Sheriff's Department?
You can telephone the Orange County Sheriff's Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a deputy will be dispatched to your residence or place of business within County jurisdiction. The deputy will take a written report, and take possession of the property. The property is then placed in a property/evidence locker until it can be transferred to the Central Property/Evidence Office in Santa Ana.

To contact the Sheriff's Department, please call the following business telephone numbers. Do NOT call 911.

  • South Orange County, (949) 770-6011.
  • North Orange County, (714) 647-7000.
Am I required to turn in found property?
Section 2080 of the California Civil Code states that any person who finds a thing lost is not bound to take charge of it, unless the person is otherwise required to do so by contract or law, but when the person does take charge of it he or she is thenceforward a depositary for the owner, with the rights and obligations of a depositary for hire. Any person that finds and takes possession of any money, goods, or other material things, shall within a reasonable amount of time, inform the owner, if known, and make restitution without compensation.

Section 2080.1(a) of the California Civil Code states that if the owner is unknown or has not claimed the property, the person shall, if the property is of the value of one hundred dollars ($100) or more, within a reasonable amount of time, turn the property over to the police department of the city or city and county it was found, or the sheriff's department of the county if found outside of city limits, and shall make an affidavit, stating when and where he or she found or saved the property.
How can I claim property, which I have turned into the Sheriff's Department?
Section 2080.3(a) of the California Civil Code states that if the reported value of the property is two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more, and no owner appears and proves his ownership of the property within 90 days, the Sheriff's Department shall call notice of the property to be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation. If, after seven days following the first publication of the notice, no owner appears and proves his ownership of the property and the person who found or saved the property pays the cost of the publication, the title shall vest in the person who found or saved the property unless the property was found in the course of employment by an employee of any public agency, in which case the property shall be sold at public auction.

(b) If the reported value of the property is less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250), and no owner appears and proves his or her ownership of the property within 90 days, the title shall vest in the person who found or saved the property, unless the property was found in the course of employment by an employee of any public agency, in which case the property shall be sold at public auction.

NOTE: For Sections 2080.3(a) and 2080.3(b) to be applicable and for title to be vested in the person who found or saved the property, he or she must sign the affidavit on the back of the Found Property Report Form when the deputy takes possession of the property. Refusal to sign the affidavit at the time the property is turned over to the Sheriff's Department shall be deemed the intention of the finder to abandon title to the found property when such title should vest to the finder.

If no owner appears to prove his ownership of the property and the finder fails to claim the property within 23 days after the 97 day holding period (value $250 or over) or within 30 days after the 90 day holding period (value under $250), or the finder refuses to pay all reasonable charges, then title to the property shall not vest in the finder and the property shall be processed as unclaimed property.

If I feel that I have met the criteria to have my property released, what do I need to do?
The Sheriff's Property/Evidence Detail is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached by calling (714) 834-6482. You will need to call and make an appointment to arrange the release of property to you. Appointments are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the morning and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the afternoon.

Property is only released by appointment due to some items being located at other locations. This will provide staff with the time to transfer the property to the main office in Santa Ana. Our main office is located at the Brad Gates Forensic Science Building at 320 N. Flower Street in the City of Santa Ana. For directions, check the "Map" link on our Property/Evidence main page.
How can I find out more about the auction process, and what is available for purchase?
You can find out the date and times for the General Auction by checking the "General Auction Company" link on our “Links” page. You can view the available items on the Internet auction by clicking on the “Property Bureau” link on our “Links” page.
Are bicycles also available through the auction?
Yes, bicycles available for auction can be found on PropertyRoom.com.
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