Is my report ready? How do I obtain a copy of my report?
For inquiries regarding reports being ready or obtaining a copy please contact the Records Bureau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 928-3781 ext. 2590.
How can I pick up my vehicle that has been impounded/stored?
You must be the registered owner of the vehicle. If you are not the registered owner, you must have a notarized letter from the registered owner authorizing the release to you. The vehicle must have current registration and you must have a valid driver's license. There is a $169.30 fee for release paperwork, which does not include the fee that will be charged by the tow yard for towing and storage.
Appointments are necessary for vehicle releases. Contact the Records Bureau via email at email@example.com or call (805) 928-3781 extension 2590 for appointments.
Where do I go to pay my ticket? How can I contact the court about my ticket?
Fines for traffic citations are collected by the Superior Court of California, Santa Barbara County. You may either go in person to the court located at Cook and Miller streets, or you may contact the Court at (805) 614-6590.
How do I dispute a citation if I do not think I was wrong?
Citations (not parking citations) must be disputed through the Superior Court. For parking citations click here. You may request a court trial (where both you and the officer appear in person in front of the Traffic Referee and each give your side of the situation); or, you may request a trial by declaration (where both you and the officer send in your individual written statements to the Traffic Referee, who will review both statements and render a decision in writing). The Court will provide you with all of the necessary information. Once the officer issues a citation, the proper forum to dispute the citation is through the court process.
How do I obtain a restraining order against someone?
To request a restraining order, you must contact the Santa Barbara County Civil Courts. (805) 614-6414 / 312-C Cook St. #E, Santa Maria, CA 93454.
The Santa Maria Police Department only handles Emergency Protection Orders (EPO’s) when associated with a crime report.
Whom do I contact to schedule a Live Scan (fingerprint) appointment?
Due to COVID-19, the Records Bureau is not processing Live Scans. Fingerprint on print cards or Live Scan are both by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You may contact our Records Bureau at(805) 928-3781, ext. 2590 to schedule an appointment. Each fingerprint card is $15.30. Live Scan fees vary by type of application. A valid photo ID and proper paperwork is necessary for both types of fingerprinting. NOTE: Fingerprinting for Immigration purposes is no longer done here; please contact the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)in Los Angeles.
What are your hours for the Records Bureau? Do I need an appointment?
Records Bureau business hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on holidays. Appointments are necessary for vehicle releases and other front counter transactions. Contact the Records Bureau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 928-3781 ext. 2590 for appointments.
What are your hours for the Property Bureau? Do I need an appointment?
Property pick up is done by appointment only. Please call (805) 928-3781 ext. 2301. Business hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on holidays
How do I report an abandoned vehicle?
Please call the Abandoned Vehicle Hotline at (805) 928-3781 ext. 2956. Please be prepared to provide the following information: vehicle location, license plate, and vehicle description to include make, model, and color.
My friend/family member was arrested (just now, today, yesterday or last week), are they in your custody and when will they be released?
The Santa Maria Police Department does not have a jail facility. If someone is being detained, generally, they will not be held beyond four hours. If someone is being arrested and released with a citation by the Santa Maria Police Department, you can call the Watch Commander (805) 928-3781 ext. 2297) for further information. If they are to be arrested and booked, you would need to inquire at the Santa Barbara County Jail, (805) 681-4260, as to when they might be released.