Kern County, California Criminal Records
A background check consists of an individual or company using any available public records on a specific individual to determine their public and private character. Character, integrity, and being a law-abiding citizen are crucial to landing jobs, desirable posts, or positions of high trust and importance. Background checks also help human resource departments avoid hiring individuals with felonies or sex offenses on their record. Jobs that have vulnerable populations, such as children, the mentally and physically disabled, and the elderly have to be very vigilant in their background checks of individuals in their employ. Most online background checking companies will charge a fee for their services, although a person can conduct their own background check for far less cost.
When doing a background check on a individual living in Kern County, California, you will almost always need access to local court records to find out if there is any past or present criminal litigation. There are eleven total branches of the Kern County Superior Court, and the ones that handle criminal court cases are listed here:
12022 Main Street, Lamont CA 93241
311 Lincoln Street, Taft CA 93268
1122 Jefferson Street, Delano CA 93215
325 Central Valley Highway, Shafter CA 93263
Kern River Branch
7046 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Lake Isabella CA 93240
132 East Coso Street, Ridgecrest CA 93555
In addition, the Metropolitan Division handles criminal court cases, and their contact information is as follows:
1415 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301
Standard court hours last from 8:00am – 4:30pm. You can also visit the court’s website should you require additional details by clicking on this link: http://www.kern.courts.ca.gov/.
Public records used in a background check, especially criminal records, are usually maintained and archived at the local county sheriff’s office. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office’s address is 1350 Norris Road, Bakersfield, California, 93308-2231. The Sheriff’s telephone number is 661-391-7577, and the fax number is 661-391-7515. If you wish to e-mail the sheriff’s office, send your inquiry to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org . The sheriff also has a website setup for web-users, and is located at this link:
To find out if a Kern County individual has even been supervised or under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, search the DOC offender database located on this webpage: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Reports_Research/Inmate_Locator.html.
You can also perform a self-background check if necessary by using the web tools setup by the California Department of Justice. This service will cost $25.00, payable by credit card, and can be setup at the following website: http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.php.
You also have the option of using the California DOJ’s background check system for your own official background check, as required by a company or business, by clicking this link and following the instructions: http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/.
To use the DOJ’s Megan’s Law sex offender registry to check a county individual’s name against DOJ database, go to the following webpage: http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/.