Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 113
8:00am - 4:00pm
How to Apply for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order
You may apply to the Court for an order restraining a person from all contact with you, your children, and
other family members; from living in the residence; and to stay away from you, your home, your vehicle, your
place of employment, and the children's school and/or place of child care.
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER FORMS. All forms are available from the
Civil Clerk's Office, or you may download the complete packet by
You may also complete the forms on line by
clicking here. Restraining order forms are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese,
Chinese and Korean. For additional information about domestic violence orders, please
For help filling out the forms, please contact:
- Legal Self Help Services, Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room C-27, San Rafael, (415) 444-7130
- Family and Children's Law Center, 30 North San Pedro Road, Suite 245, San Rafael, (415) 492-9230.
To apply for a restraining order, please complete the forms available from the links above. An applicant for a
restraining order must have the completed forms to the Clerk's Office in room 113 before 10:30 a.m., Monday
through Friday. The clerk will give the completed forms to a judge to review. The applicant may pick up the
completed forms at the Clerk's Office between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The clerk will set a date
for the hearing. If the judge grants temporary orders pending the hearing, they will take effect when the
restraining order paperwork is served on the restrained person. If the 10:30 a.m. deadline is missed, the
applicant can still turn in the completed forms which will be reviewed by the Court on the next court business day.
In all cases, temporary restraining order forms must be accompanied by a declaration describing in detail the
incidents of abuse which support your application for a restraining order. Your request will be reviewed by a
judicial officer and then, if the temporary restraining order is granted, it will be filed with the Court. A person
over the age of 18 must serve the papers on the other party. The Sheriff's Office will attempt to serve the papers
for domestic violence restraining orders free of charge. The Sheriff's Office is located at 1600 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 200, San Rafael. Click here for directions.
At the time you submit your application for a temporary restraining order, you must fill out a confidential Law
Enforcement Supplemental Information form. This form requests descriptive information, including birth date, home
and work addresses and telephone numbers, and the driver's license number of the person you seek to have restrained.
Bring all identifying information you have regarding this person with you to the Court. The purpose of this form
is to make sure that your restraining order can be enforced and that it can be entered into a Statewide Protective
Order Registry which is available to all law enforcement agencies.
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911
There are four types of restraining orders:
- Domestic Violence
- Civil Harassment
- Elder or Dependent Abuse
- Workplace Violence