Monroe County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Statistics

According to the 2018 statistical crime data published by the Michigan State Police Department, the county recorded a total of 2,263 index offenses. Violent crimes comprised less than 17% of the total incidents, while property crimes accounted for 83% of the criminal offenses. There were 1,892 reported incidents of property crimes of which larceny-theft was the most recurring with 1,335 confirmed incidents. Burglaries were the second most common crime while aggravated assaults were the most popular violent crimes. Motor vehicle theft and arson sat at 143 and 15 reports respectively while offenses of rape and robbery accounted for 127 and 34 of the total reported incidents.

Criminal Records

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement of the county and is tasked with maintaining crime-related data relevant to the county and its residents. However, criminal history record requests are mainly processed at the state level by the Michigan State Police Department. The department provides non-confidential information on statewide arrests as well as misdemeanor and felony convictions of Monroe County residents.

How to Get Criminal Records

Monroe County residents may direct their requests for criminal history information to the Criminal History Unit of the Michigan State Police Department. The Unit processes background checks by conducting name or fingerprint-based searches.

To obtain criminal history records by name and without fingerprints, the requesting party is required to register with a valid address and email address. Once registered, requestors may then self-serve using the ‘Search for Criminal History’ tool. Searches require the full name, gender, and race of the subject as well as a credit card payment of $10 per search. After submitting the search request, results should be generated in a minute or less.

For fingerprint-based searches, the subject of the check is required to obtain a Live Scan Request Form from the requesting employer or licensing agency. The application should be completed as required and sent to an Approved Live Scan Vendor or the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Processing fees vary with different service providers, but the turnaround time for these fingerprint checks are typically 7 business days or less. Related queries may be made to msp-crd-applhelp@michigan.gov

How to Find Sex Offender Offender Information

All information relating to sex offenders resident in Monroe County can be found on the Michigan Registry of Convicted Sex Offenders maintained by the Michigan State Police. Interested persons may search the registry by the name of the offender of interest or their proximity to specific locations, home addresses or zip code. County residents may also opt to receive email notifications regarding offender location and compliance status by Registering to receive email alerts provided by the State Police Department

Where to Find Inmate and Jail Information

Information about persons incarcerated in Monroe County can be obtained by querying the county sheriff's office or either of the Monroe county jail locations at:

Main Jail Facility
100 E 2nd St
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: (734) 240-7430

Dormitory Facility
7000 E Dunbar Rd
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: (734) 240-8000

Details of facility visitation hours and rules, inmate commissary, inmate guidebook, and county jail history can be viewed on the Jail Information Page.

Court Records

Where and how to Get Court Records

The office of the Monroe County Clerk of the Circuit Court manages records of court cases heard in county courts and provides access to non-confidential records to members of the public upon request. Interested parties may obtain copies of court records by requesting them from the office or court officials, or by self-serving with the public access Court Records Search Tool maintained by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

To access court records online using the Case Search Tool, requestors are required to know and provide details of the case including the case type, the names of the persons involved, the case and citation number and the approximate date of filing. Alternatively, requestors may make in-person requests to the office or send written requests indicating relevant case information to:

Monroe County Clerk of Circuit Court
106 E 1st St,
Monroe, MI 48161

Location of Courts in County

Listed below are the addresses and contact information of courthouses in Monroe County, Michigan:

38th Circuit Court - Monroe
Monroe County Courthouse
106 E 1st St,
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: (734) 240-7020
Fax: (734) 240-7045

38th Circuit Court - Monroe - Family Division Juvenile Court Section
125 E 2nd St,
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: (734) 240-7160
Fax: (734) 240-7155

1st District Court - Monroe
Monroe County Courthouse
106 E 1st St,
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: (734) 240-7075
Fax: (734) 240-7098

1st District Court - South County
12277 S Telegraph Rd,
Erie, MI 48133
Phone: (734) 848-4771

Monroe County Probate Court
Monroe County Courthouse
106 E 1st St,
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: (734) 240-7346
Fax: (734) 240-7355

Where to Get Bankruptcy and Property Records

The Monroe County Clerk/Recorder of Deeds is the general recorder and custodian of official county records and documents pertaining to land and real property ownership such as deeds, liens, plats, mortgage documents, and land contracts. Interested persons may request copies of these records by sending a written request stating the owner's name, the recording number, and the date of the document, the type of document required and a fee of $1 per page (plus a $5 certification fee) to:

Monroe County Clerk/Register of Deeds,
51 South Macomb St. Monroe, MI 48161.
Phone: (734) 240-7390
Fax: (734) 240-7395

Alternatively, copies of deeds can be obtained using any of the Remote/Online Access Programs made available by the office.

On the other hand, Monroe County bankruptcy records are maintained by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Records can be obtained by sending a written request to:

US Bankruptcy Court,
111 First Street
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 894-8840

Vital Records

All vital records of persons residing in the state of Michigan are managed and disseminated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In compliance with state laws, the Monroe County Clerk and Register of Deeds Office also maintains and issues marriage, birth and death records to interested and eligible persons provided the event occurred within county limits. Divorce records, on the other hand, are maintained by the County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Ultimately, vital records can be obtained at either county and state level.

Where to Get Divorce Records

Records of divorces granted in Monroe County are managed and issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Interested persons may obtain copies of these records by making in-person requests to the office of the clerk or by self-serving using the Court Records Search Tool maintained by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Written and in-person requests require the requestor to know and provide relevant information regarding the divorce such as the names of the divorcees and the date of its filing. Requests should be submitted to:

Monroe County Clerk of Circuit Court
106 E 1st St,
Monroe, MI 48161

Alternatively, requestors may retrieve divorce records with the Case Search Tool by searching the records by the names of the divorcees, the case file number and the approximate date of filing.

Where and How to Get Marriage Records, Birth Records and Death Records

Birth, death and marriage records of Monroe county indigenes and residents are retained and disseminated by the office of the County Clerk/Register of Deeds. Interested persons may request and obtain these records in person or via mail.

Birth records available through the office were filed no later than 1874, and access to copies of these records is restricted to the subject of the record, their parents and legal representatives. To request these birth records, the requesting party will be required to provide information about the subject of the record (either in person or via written request) as well as a current valid ID plus additional documentation proving their relationship with the subject. A fee of $12 is also searched for the record plus $5 for additional copies of the same record (if required).

Records for deaths and marriages which occurred in Monroe County no later than 1867 and 1818 respectively are also issued by the office. Interested persons can obtain these records by requesting in person or sending a written request indicating relevant information about the subject(s) to the office. The requestor would be required to submit, along with their request, a photocopy of their government-issued ID and make a payment of $12 for the first copy of the record and $5 for every additional copy required. All requests are to be made to:

Monroe County Clerk,
106 E First St. Monroe, MI 48161.
Phone: (734) 240-7390
Fax: (734) 240-7395