What are your fees?
View our Fee Schedule for a full list of fees
What do you accept for payment of fees?
We accept Cash, Personal checks, Business checks, Certified checks, Master Card, Visa, and Debit cards at the counter. By mail, we accept Personal or business checks, Money orders, and Certified checks. Our E-filing system accepts credit and debit card payments only.
Who do I make payment of fees payable to?
San Joaquin County Sheriff (for bench warrants, make the check payable to “Sheriff").
Is there a charge for serving Domestic Violence Restraining Orders?
Do you accept waivers from the court?
Yes, if the waiver indicates that Sheriff’s service fees are covered by the waiver, or if your documents (restraining orders with temporary orders issued) indicate that Sheriff’s service fees are waived. If you are using a waiver form FW-003, it must be a court-certified copy.
When do you make your service attempts?
We attempt service between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. Unless we have a valid reason to stop or not enough time, we will make no less than three (3) attempts to serve your documents. Due diligence is generally defined as three attempts at three different times of the day (morning, afternoon, early evening).
If the time I need you to attempt service is before 8am or after 6pm, what should I do?
Can I call to get status on the service of my documents?
Where do I send documents to be served?
Sheriff – Civil Division, 7000 Michael Canlis Blvd., French Camp CA 95231
What do I need to enclose?
The documents you wish to have served along with an SER-001 Request for Sheriff to Serve Court Papers form, the SER-001A if service request is for a writ or levy, and a check for the fees. (exception— Earnings Withholding Orders) For more details return to our Civil Home Page and click on specific service type. If you have a court date, please be sure we have sufficient time to process your papers and make attempts to serve within the time limit.
What is an SER-001 Request for Sheriff to Serve Court Papers?
This is a state mandated Judicial Council form required to tell the Sheriff who, where, and how to serve your document(s). Without this completed form, your service request will be rejected. Please be sure to sign it. If you have an attorney, your attorney must sign it. Include your mailing address or attorney's address for all written communications. If you provide the optional phone number and/or email address it may help us to provide information faster. (This letter is not needed for Earnings Witholding Orders, please furnish all pertinent information on the Application for E.W.O.)
What are your hours?
We are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, except holidays. Service attempts are made 8:00 am until 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, except holidays. Our office will only take status calls on TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY (except holidays).
What happens after you serve my paper?
We will mail your Proof of Service directly to you at the address you provide on the SER-001. You will need to take it to the court before your court date—you may wish to make a copy for yourself.
What happens if you cannot serve my paper?
Do I need to enclose a money order for fees?
I want to evict a tenant, can you help me?
How long does it take your office to process an eviction?
The lockout date is usually 10-14 days from when we receive your paperwork. You will receive a letter prior to the final lockout date with instructions and time to meet our deputies to complete the eviction.
How do I obtain a balance due on a garnishment?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax the request to (209) 468-5516, or call (209) 468-4482. We will need the Levying Officer File No. and the last payment sent.
Can I get a status on my garnishment?
HELP! My wages are being garnished and I can’t pay my rent!
The law allows you to file what is called a Claim of Exemption. This is a way to ask for a smaller amount to be withheld per pay period. Go to our FORMS page - you will need to print out the Claim of Exemption (Wage Garnishment) form (WG-006) and the Financial Statement form (WG-007/EJ-165). Submit an original plus two copies of each form to us.
I have filed bankruptcy – how do I stop my wage garnishment?
We need a copy of the face sheet of your bankruptcy after you have filed it. You may fax it, mail it or hand carry it to us. Be sure to take it to the correct office – that information is on your copy of the garnishment in the top right-hand corner. We will need the Levying Officer File No. in order to process your release. If you know the fax number for your payroll, provide that also, and we will fax your release to them.
What is your fax number?
Is there a charge to serve a Restraining Order on an inmate in jail or prison?
How do I find out whether someone is in custody?
You may call 468-4562 and ask if someone is in custody or you can access the following web address for the latest booking information: https://wic.sjgov.org/login.
What information can I obtain about someone in custody?
What address do I use to write to an inmate?
Can I place money on an inmates account?
Deposit money on an inmate's account: Cash, Credit Cards, and Debit Cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo on them are accepted at the Kiosks located in the 24-hour lobby, South Jail, and Honor Farm visiting lobbies during business hours year-round. Postal Money Orders are also accepted via USPS. Mailed to 999 West Mathews Road, French Camp, CA. 95231 Mailed money orders must have the inmate’s name, booking number, and a return address.
The process can also be made online via www.smartdeposit.com, phone number (866) 394-0490.
How do I report to jail?
If you have a court-ordered report to jail date, enter the 24 Hour Lobby on the scheduled date by 9:00 am to turn yourself in. Officers will provide instructions and escort you inside for processing.
Does the Sheriff operate a BICYCLE PROGRAM like city police departments
Why do you have a BOATING SAFETY unit?
What does C.O.P.P.S. stand for?
Does the Sheriff's Office have a CRIME PREVENTION unit or program?
Does the Sheriff maintain a Reserve Peace Officer Program?
WHAT IS LATHROP POLICE SERVICES?
The City of Lathrop incorporated in 1989. Prior to that, the Sheriff’s Office provided law enforcement services to the community. In 1990 the City of Lathrop contracted with the Sheriff’s Department to continue providing law enforcement services, (in lieu of the city starting its own police department). Deputies assigned to Lathrop volunteer to do so for a minimum of three years. They receive specialized training in vehicle code, traffic investigation, and other situations indicative of policing a city. Lathrop Police Services also teaches D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) courses to primary grade children in the community schools.
WHAT IS THAT BIG BUS I SEE ON THE ROAD MARKED SHERIFF?
Actually, the Sheriff’s Office has several buses operating in the County. Many you see belong to the Community Corp Program, which utilizes inmates to clean roads and other publicly owned facilities. Court Services and Transportation Division (CSTD) operates two buses and several vans to transport detainees to and from courts in the county. BUT, the BIG BUS is M.L.E.C. (the Mobile Law Enforcement Coach). This bus, bought and built entirely with funds seized from drug dealers, is operated by S.T.A.R.S. volunteers and responds within an hour, 24 hours a day, to any call for service from a department supervisor. It provides full communication facilities (radio, cell phone, fax, computer, thermal imaging, etc.) at search & rescue sites or crime scenes. It also is seen at many community events and has won numerous awards for its innovation and design.
What type of SEARCH & RESCUE services does the Sheriff's Office have?
Currently in the development stages, the Search & Rescue unit is operated through the Boating Safety office. The unit includes Civilian and sworn staff, and can respond to lost or missing persons, drownings, natural disasters or other circumstances as determined by the on-duty sheriff’s supervisors. Presently the capabilities include off-road (4X4 and motorcycle), horses, airplanes, helicopters, and divers. Training is underway to establish response time within one hour 24 hours a day to any circumstance where their expertise could be helpful in bringing a quick and successful conclusion to the incident.
What is the STARS program all about?
STARS is an acronym for Sheriff’s Team Active Retired Seniors.
What are your office hours?
Where are you located?
How do I go about getting a copy of a crime report? What does it cost?
You may obtain a report by coming into the office and filling out a request form or submit a request via mail. The fee for the average report is $47.00. Additional charges may be incurred based on the size of the report. We accept cash, check, money orders, or debit/credit cards with the Visa/Mastercard Logo. The release of reports is based on current law, policy and procedure, and may affect the outcome of your request. For additional information, you may call (209) 468-4408. You will be required to show proper identification prior to the release of a report. Click here to fill out a Public Records Request Form.
How do I put a restraining order on file?
What happens following a restraining order being put on file with your office?
Do I have a warrant?
You may come to the Sheriff's Office Records Division and present current photo identification along with your request for a warrants check or contact your local court.