Oakland County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Recent crime statistics for Oakland County show that there were 2,106 violent crimes and 15,714 property crimes in 2015. Compared to 2014 data, these figures represent 77.9% and 22.2% jump in violent and property crimes respectively. A breakdown of violent crime data for the county reveals that were 19 murders, 298 rapes, 1,427 aggravated assaults, and 362 robberies. Oakland County also recorded 2,729 burglaries, 11,844 larcenies, 1,141 vehicle thefts, and 87 cases of arson in the same year.

Except for a tiny dip (0.3%) in vehicle theft rates between 2015 and 2014, all other crimes experienced significant year-on-year increases. Murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery incidences rose by 35.7%, 45.4%, 109.2%, and 52.1% respectively. Burglary rate increased by 47.2% while there were 20.1% more incidents of larceny and arson figures hiked by 117.5%.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office provides access to certain non-confidential police reports to the individuals involved. To obtain a copy of an incident or accident report, visit the Records Unit of the Sheriff's Office located on the East Side of the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Michigan. The office opens between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The Sheriff's Office charges $7 per report. Fee is payable in cash and document release requires presenting a photo ID.

The Records Unit of the Sheriff's Office also requires a driver's license of state I.D. to conduct and release a criminal background check. This report is available for pick-up at the Records Unit's address. The Sheriff charges $5 for this service.

Criminal Records

Michigan law empowers the State Police to compile and maintain a registry of sex offenders living, working, and attending school in all the counties in the state. This sex offender database is available online for anyone to search. Visit the Michigan Sex Offender Registry to search for sex offenders by name and address. The online registry also allows Oakland County residents to find incarcerated sex offenders as well as get information about non-compliant ones.

The Sheriff's Office maintains all jail and inmate records for Oakland County. In addition to providing information about inmate visitation and jail conditions, the Sheriff's Office also provides a handy inmate locator on its website. Use it to find an inmate currently in one of the county's correctional facilities. The search tool is also useful for looking up inmates incarcerated and released in the last 72 hours.

Court Records

The Clerk/Register of Deeds is the official responsible for maintaining all court records in Oakland County. The Legal Records Division of the Clerk's Office keeps documents for felony, civil, business, and domestic cases heard in the various courts in the county. Interested parties can find and order copies of these records on through the Court Explorer portal maintained by the Clerk's Office Legal Records Division.

The Legal Records Division can mail or email regular copies of records ordered via the Court Explorer. Certified copies are only available by mail. The County Clerk charges $1 per page for regular copies of court records. There is an additional $10 per case number for certified copies. These non-refundable fees are payable by MasterCard, Discover, and Visa credit/debit cards.

Public Records

The Vital Records Division of the County Clerk/Recorder of Deeds is the unit responsible for recording and issuing birth, death, and marriage certificates in Oakland County. It accepts requests for copies of these records from qualified applicants in-person and by mail. To request a birth, death, or marriage record, start by downloading and completing a Vital Request Form. Bring or mail this along with a valid driver's license, state ID, or passport to:

Vital Records
Dept 413
1200 N Telegraph Road
Pontiac, MI 48341

The office opens from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. It is busiest between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope as well as the front and back sides of a photocopy of a credit card for payment. The Clerk also accepts money order (made payable to Oakland County Clerk) for mail requests and cash for in-person request.

The fee for the first copy of a birth, death, or marriage record is $15. The Clerk charges seniors that are 65 years and older a reduced fee of $10 for the first copy of a birth record. Each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time attracts a fee of $5.