Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do I register to vote?
    • Stanislaus County Elections Office
      1021 "I" Street, Suite 101
      Modesto, California
      (209) 525-5200

  • Where are divorce papers filed?
    • Stanislaus County Superior Court
      800 11th Street
      Modesto, California
      (209) 525-6302

  • How can I get tax and ownership information about properties?
    • Stanislaus County Assessor's Office
      1010 10th Street, 2nd floor Suite 2400
      (209) 558-6000

  • When did Modesto become a City?
    • The City of Modesto was incorporated on August 6, 1884.

  • When did Modesto become a Charter City?
    • The City of Modesto became a Charter City on January 14, 1963.

  • When does City Council meet?
    • The Modesto City Council meets at 5:30pm on the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Meetings are not held on the third or fifth Tuesday, unless a special meeting is called by City Council.

  • When are the City of Modesto elections held?
    • Regular municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year. Candidate packets are ready shortly after July 1, approximately four months before the November election. (Call 577-5397 in June for the exact date).

  • Where are Applications and/or Rosters for City Boards and Commissions obtained?
    • Applications are available at:
      City Manager's Office
      1010 10th Street, 6th Floor
      Modesto, California
      (209) 577-5223

  • Where are parking citations paid?
    • Finance Department
      1010 10th Street, Suite 2100
      Modesto, California
      (209) 577-5389

  • Where are claims against the City of Modesto filed?
    • Office of the City Clerk
      1010 10th Street, Suite 6600
      Modesto California
      (209) 577-5396


  • Where do I obtain a business license?
    • Finance Department
      1010 10th Street, Suite 2100,
      Modesto, California
      (209) 577-5389

  • Where are copies of Birth, Marriage or Death Certificates obtained?
    • Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder
      1021 I Street, Suite 101
      Modesto, California
      95354-0847
      (209) 525-5250