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January 11, 2024

How do I register my protection order in California?

Registration of your protection order is voluntary and will be done by the court upon request.  The benefit is that once you register it, it can be entered in the Domestic Violence Restraining Order System, which may make police enforcement of it easier.  In most counties, the clerk will take care of registering it in the System; however, in some counties, you may have to take a copy of the registered order to the police yourself for them to put it in the System.  To find out how your county handles this, ask the court clerk. 1

To register your order, you will need to:

  1. Fill out and sign the Register Out-of-State Restraining Order form (DV-600), which is available on the California Courts Self Help Center website or at the courthouse;
  2. Attach a certified copy of your order to the form; and
  3. Bring it to the court clerk. There is no fee for registering your out-of-state protection order in California.2

If you need help registering your protection order, you can contact a local domestic violence organization in California for assistance.  You can find contact information for organizations in your area here on our CA Advocates and Shelters page.

1 Ann.Cal.Fam.Code § 6404(a)
2 Ann.Cal.Fam.Code § 6404(b)