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City of Anaheim
Office of the City Clerk
City Hall 2nd Floor
200 South Anaheim Boulevard,
Anaheim, CA 92805
TEL 714-765-5166
FAX 714-765-4105

General


Records Information


Passport Information


Voting Information

Questions about voter registration

Questions about Vote By Mail ballots

Questions about voting

 

 

General


What are the hours of the City Clerk’s Office?

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The hours of the City Clerk’s Office are 8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The hours of the Passport Office are 9:00 a.m. — 4p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.


Where is the City Clerk’s Office located and what is the mailing address?

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The City Clerk’s Office is on the 2nd floor of Anaheim City Hall located at 200 S. Anaheim Boulevard.
The mailing address is: Office of the City Clerk
P.O. Box 3222
Anaheim, CA 92803

 

Records Information


What kinds of City records are available to me and may I obtain copies of the documents?

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According to the “Public Records Act,” the public may have access to a variety of documents held in the City Clerk’s office except those documents which are exempt from disclosure by express provisions of law or considered confidential or privileged under the law. Upon written request, the City has 10 days in which to respond and acknowledge the existence of the requested documents. To request a public record online please click here. For more information on how to obtain records, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 714-765-5166.


How do I obtain a birth/death certificate, or marriage license?

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Birth certificates for persons born in Orange County and death certificates for persons where the death has taken place in Orange County are available through the Orange County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. To apply for marriage licenses in Orange County as well as requesting marriage certificates for marriages performed in Orange County, please contact the Orange County Clerk-Recorder’s Office.


How do I obtain separation or divorce papers?

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These items can be obtained from the Orange County Superior Court.


Where do I obtain property records?

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Property information can be obtained through the Orange County Office of the Assessor.


Where can I obtain historical information about Anaheim?

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Historical information is available on the City’s website or by visiting the website of the Anaheim Heritage Center.


What is a Municipal Code?

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A compilation of the applicable ordinances (rules, regulations, or standards) of a municipality. The municipal code is the primary code of the municipality, while any other codes adopted by reference are considered secondary codes (i.e. Building, Fire Safety, Electrical, etc.)(Govt. code 50022.1). Click Here to view the Anaheim Municipal Codes.


What is an Ordinance?

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Ordinances are the acts or laws of a municipality, duly enacted by the proper authorities and expressed in written ordaining form. City Council is given the power to pass ordinances (G.C. 37100) as long as they are not in conflict with the laws and Constitutions of the State of California and the United States. An ordinance is the most binding form of action taken by the City Council.


What is a resolution?

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A Resolution is a written action or decision of a municipality that usually does not require the legal processing of an ordinance. This form of City Council action cannot contain penalty clauses.

 

Passport Information


How much does a passport cost?

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* If you are over the age of 16 and apply for a new passport book, you’ll pay $110 to the State Department, plus a $25 execution fee to the Passport Acceptance Facility. The total cost would be $135.
* If you are a minor and currently under the age of 16, the cost is $80 to the State Department, plus a $25 execution fee to the Passport Acceptance Facility. Total cost for your passport would be $105.
The aforementioned passport costs will get your passport back to you within 4-6 weeks. You can request expedited service(2-3 weeks) from the US Passport Agency for an additional $60.


How long is a U.S. passport valid for?

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A passport's validity is generally determined by the applicant's age. In the US, passports issued for adults ages 16 and older are valid for 10 years. Children 15 years of age and under receive passports valid for 5 years. The Issue Date of your passport can be found on the data page of your Passport Book or on the front of your Passport Card.
If possible, you should renew your passport approximately nine (9) months before it expires. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.


When do I need a U.S. passport to travel?

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You will need a passport to travel every time you leave the United States or its territories. There is one exception to this rule for American citizens, traveling by land or sea to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda - a passport card can be used.  


What is a passport card?

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Available since July 14, 2008, a passport card is a wallet-size travel document that can be used to travel from the United States to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land and sea but not air. It is most convenient for those who live close to the border and travel frequently by land or sea. They cannot be used for travel to destinations aside from those listed above, or for any air travel whatsoever. The cost of a passport card is $30 for adults ages 16 and older and $15 for children 15 years of age and under, plus the execution fee of $25 


What if I have changed my name?

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If you need to change the name in your passport, and your passport is less than one year old, use Form DS-5504. If your current passport is more than one year old and you wish to change the name, you will need to apply for Passport Renewal. You will need to submit the original court document indicating the name change or original marriage certificate, along with your current passport and other supporting documents.  


I am renewing my passport. Will I get my old passport back?

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Yes, in most cases, the Department of State will return the old, canceled passport. However, the decision to return or destroy a canceled passport is entirely at the discretion of the Department of State. If the passport is damaged, the Department of State will usually destroy the passport rather than return it.


I have a life or death emergency. What should I do?

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Life or Death Emergencies involve serious illness, injury, or death in your immediate family that require you to travel within 24-48 hours to a country that requires a passport. Customers must appear in person at a National Passport Information Center and documentation of the emergency may be requested.

Please call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 (TTY/TDD 1-888-874-7793) to schedule an appointment.


Where are the instructions for filling out the passport forms?

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Form instructions can be found on each form or the following Form pages:



Voting Information

Questions about voter registration


Who can register to vote?

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You may register to vote if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
• A citizen of the United States (You must be a U.S. Citizen at the time you register)
• A resident of California
• At least 18 years of age as of the day of the next election
• Not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
• Not declared to be mentally incompetent by a court.


When can I register to vote?

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There is no waiting period. You may register or re-register to vote at anytime. To be eligible to vote in an election, you must have registered 15 days prior to the election.


How can I register to vote?

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You may register to vote:

By mail: Download and Mail a Voter Registration Form
Download and complete the form by clicking the link above. Remember to sign it and mail to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, 1300 South Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705. For additional information visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website at www.ocvote.com.

In person:Obtain a registration form from the City Clerk's office, the Post Office, Library or Registrar of Voters, complete the form, sign and o the Orange County Registrar of Voters, 1300 South Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705.


What if I just moved and did not re-register? Will I be eligible to vote?

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If you were previously registered in Orange County and have not re-registered since you moved within the County's borders, you can vote at the polling place for your new address. You will be asked to vote a provisional ballot and provide your new address and your previous address on the provisional ballot envelope.


I became a “new citizen” after the registration deadline. Can I still register and vote?

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Yes. Persons who become citizens after the close of registration may only vote at the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office between the 28th day and the 7th day before an election. New citizens must present a Certificate of Naturalization and declare that they have established residence in Orange County.
For additional information regarding voter registration, see ‘Help me Vote’ on the Orange County Registrar of Voters website: www.ocvote.com


Questions about Vote By Mail ballots

 

How can I Vote by Mail?

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Rather than going to the polling place to cast a ballot on Election Day, you may request Vote-By-Mail ballot. Any registered voter may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot. To apply, complete the Vote by Mail ballot application that is on the back cover of the sample ballot (sent to you prior to an election) or download and complete the application from the Orange County Registrar of Voters website, under the ‘Help-Me Register and Vote’ section and mail to Orange County Registrar of Voters.


When can I apply for a Vote by Mail ballot?

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You may request a Vote by Mail ballot:

  • As early as 60 days prior to an election. The elections official cannot accept any mail applications less than 7 days prior to an election.
  • During the final 6 days prior to an election. If you become ill, disabled or find that you will be away from your polling place on Election Day, you may vote an emergency Vote by Mail ballot. You can vote in person at the Orange County Registrar of Voters office or send in a written/signed request for a Vote by Mail ballot authorizing another person to bring you the ballot and return it to the elections office or any polling place after you have voted.

When is the last day to return my voted Vote by Mail ballot?

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Vote by Mail ballots must be received by elections officials no later than the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Election Day. Postmarks are not acceptable in California.


How do I turn in my Vote by Mail ballot on Election Day?

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You may turn in your ballot in person to any polling place within your jurisdiction or to the Orange County Registrar of Voters by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If, because of illness or physical disability, you are unable to return the ballot yourself, you may authorize, in writing, a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister or person residing in your household to return the ballot to the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office or to any polling place within your jurisdiction by 8 p.m. on Election Day.


Do I have to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for each election?

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No. You can apply for “Permanent Vote by Mail Voter” status. Once on file as a permanent Vote by Mail voter, you will no longer have to apply for future elections. A ballot will automatically be mailed to you for each election. A spouse or other person who resides with you may also want to apply for permanent absent voter status. Once a voter receives Permanent Vote by Mail status, he/she will retain this status as long as he/she casts a ballot in all statewide elections.


If I request a Vote by Mail ballot, can I change my mind and still vote at my polling place?

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Yes, but you should take your Vote by Mail ballot to the polling place and surrender it to the pollworkers before voting a regular precinct ballot. If you do not have your Vote by Mail ballot to surrender, you will be allowed to cast a “provisional” ballot at the polling place. Your provisional ballot will be counted after the elections official confirms that you did not previously vote using a Vote by Mail ballot for that election.


Questions about voting

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Where do I go to vote/ where is my polling place?

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Your polling place location is printed on the back cover of your sample ballot booklet. Please check the polling place address for each election because locations often change. Also, poll locations are available on Orange County Registrar of Voters website at www.ocvote.com


What are the poll hours of operation?

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The City of Anaheim consolidates with Orange County and County election polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Why has my polling place changed?

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Locations may change from election to election if a facility previously used is not available for a particular election. Changes to precinct boundaries may sometimes occur when precincts are consolidated or realigned. Voters should refer to their sample ballot booklet to confirm their correct polling location.