Kent County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

There were 23 murders in Kent County in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics. Other incidences of violent crimes recorded that year include 420 rapes, 513 robberies, and 1,383 aggravated assaults. Larceny was the leading property crime with 5,516 cases followed by 1,779 burglaries, 790 motor vehicle thefts, and 92 arsons.

While the murder rates for 2013 and 2017 remain the same, Kent County recorded higher numbers of rape (88.3%), aggravated assault (18.1%), and motor vehicle theft (36.7%) between both years. The five-year crime trend in the county also indicates declining robbery (17.5%), burglary (42.1%), larceny (19%), and arson (14%) rates.

Criminal Records

The Michigan Criminal History Record Section allows members of the public to search its database and perform statewide background checks for a fee. You can do this from its Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) platform. This service requires users to register or log in as guests. Results are available for viewing and printing.

Residents of Kent County can also request records checks through the Sheriff’s Office. Simply visit or mail your request to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at:

701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Police reports including offense and accident reports are available from the Sheriff’s Office. The public can obtain these records by submitting Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. Submit your FOIA request online from the Michigan FOIA webpage. Make sure to select Sheriff from the drop-down list of Kent County Departments.

Michigan law empowers the State Police to collate and make public information about all registered sex offenders living in the state. Search the Michigan Sex Offender Registry to find registered offenders by name. Input cities, street addresses, and zip codes in Kent County to find those living in this county.

The Kent County Sheriff Department operates the correctional facility in the county. This county jail is located at:

701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Call (616) 632-6400 to contact the Administration staff of the Kent County Correctional Facility. Call (616) 632-6300 for inmate information. The Sheriff Department provides a handy online inmate locator tool to help members of the public find individuals currently incarcerated in the county jail or released in the last 30 days. Friends and family members can deposit funds in inmates’ accounts using checks and money orders. They can do this in person at the electronic kiosks found in the jail’s visitor’s lobby and the ones in the accounting department. The correctional facility allows deposits up to $1500.

Court Records

The 17th Circuit Court is the highest trial court in Kent County. It has jurisdiction over criminal cases involving felonies and serious misdemeanors, all civil cases involving more than $25,000, all domestic relations cases, and appeals from lower courts. The court is in:

Kent County Courthouse
180 Ottawa Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 632-5220
Fax: (616) 632-5130

The County Clerk maintains the records of the 17th Circuit Court. You can view and obtain these records by submitting a FOIA request through the Michigan FOIA webpage.

There are six District Courts in Kent County. Below are their addresses and contact information:

63rd District Court
1950 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: (616) 632-7770
Fax: (616) 363-6124

63rd District Court Probation
Phone: (616) 632-7800
Fax: (616) 363-6808

These serve the Cities of Cedar Springs, East Grand Rapids, Lowell and Rockford; Townships of Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Bryon, Bowne, Caledonia, Cannon, Cascade, Courtland, Gaines, Grand Rapids, Gratton, Lowell, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Solon, Sparta, Spencer, Tyron, and Vergennes, Casnovia Village, and Lake and Kent City.

59th District Court
3161 Wilson Avenue SW
Grandville, MI 49418
phone: (616) 538-9660

59th District Court
4343 Remembrance Road NW
Walker, MI 49534
Phone: (616) 453-5765

61st District Court
180 Ottawa NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 632-5700

62nd-A District Court
2650 DeHoop Avenue SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Phone: (616) 530-7385

62nd-B District Court
4740 Walma Avenue SE
Kentwood, MI 49512
Phone: (616) 698-9310

63rd District Court
1950 E Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7075
Phone: (616) 632-7770

These courts handle all criminal misdemeanors with punishments not exceeding one year as well as civil litigations with values up to $25,000. The Probate Court in Kent County is at:

Kent County Courthouse
180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 2500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 632-5440
Fax: (616) 632-5430

To order certified copies of Probate Court records, use the webform on Kent County Probate Case page. Using this link, the public can request certified copies of Letters of Guardianship, Probate Conservatorship, and Representative of a Decedent Estate. The fee for each of these documents is $12.

Search for real estates in Kent County by using the Property Search tool that combines data from the Treasurer and Equalization offices. This search provides the parcel numbers and addresses of the lands in the county. For real estate documents, use the Document Search feature provided by the county’s Register of Deeds. While searching the database is free, there is a 10 cents per page fee for viewing, printing, and saving found documents.

Vital Records

The 17th Circuit Court maintains and issues divorce records in Kent County. Use its Certified Court Record Request webform to request for copies of your divorce record. Each certified copy of a judgement of divorce costs $15.

The Kent County Clerk keeps and issues certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records. The Clerk’s Office can provide certified copies of birth and death certificates from 1867 to the present and certified copies of marriage licenses from 1845 to the present. Use the birth, death, or marriage webform to request the records you want. The fee for the first certified copy of any of these vital records is $10. Each additional copy of the same record costs $3.