Wayne County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Recent crime statistics for Wayne County shows that there were 15,559 violent crimes and 50,008 property crimes in 2015. Aggravated assault was the most prevalent violent crime with 9,969 incidents. Other violent crime incidences for that year include 4,316 robberies, 951 rapes, and 323 murders. A breakdown of 2015 property crime figures for Wayne County reveals that larceny led with 30,024 incidents followed by burglary with 12,070 incidents. The county also recorded 7,914 vehicle thefts and 951 arsons.

Compared to 2014 figures, Wayne County violent crime rate dropped by 8.1% while property crime rate dipped by 9.3%. Comparative analysis of crime figures for the county shows robbery rate barely increased (0.1%) during the one-year period. Murder (1.6%), rape (0.7%), larceny (3.3%), and arson (60.1%) rates also saw modest year-on-year increases. In contrast, there were fewer cases of aggravated assault (12.2%), burglary (9.6%), and vehicle theft (37.6%).

Criminal Records

The Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act tasks the State Police with maintaining a registry of sex offenders living, working, incarcerated, and attending school all over the state. This mandate also empowers the Michigan State Police to make the registry publicly available. Residents of Wayne County can find registered sex offenders in their neighborhoods by using the search tools on the website of the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry simply by providing their zip codes. Use the name search function to find specific sex offenders by name. Anyone can also search the Registry for incarcerated and non-compliant sex offenders.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is responsible for keeping all jail and inmate records for the county. It provides an online inmate inquiry/search tool for locating persons booked into the county jail or on tether release.

Court Records

The Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan is the court system with jurisdiction over all civil, criminal, and family cases heard in Wayne County. The Records Division of the Wayne County Clerk's Office is responsible for filing, maintaining, and providing copies of records generated by the various courts under the Third Judicial Circuit. To find case records for Wayne County, visit the web portal of the Third Judicial Circuit Court. The webpage provides separate links for searching criminal case records and civil and family case records.

To order copies of court records in person, visit:

Wayne County Clerk Records Division
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Room LL-61
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

Mail requests also go to this address while email requests should be sent to wcrecordroom@waynecounty.com.

Note that the Records Division can fax, mail, and email regular documents but only send certified documents by mail. The fee for regular copies of court documents is $2 per page. The County Clerk charges an additional $10 per document for certified copies. Only money orders are accepted for mail requests. Other requests are payable with debit cards.

Public Records

The County Clerk's Office maintains all vital records for Wayne County. It provides certified copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates. Wayne County residents can order these records in person and by mail. To order copies of a birth or death certificate for the city of Detroit, visit the Birth and Death Records Division located at 400 Monroe Street, Suite 605, Detroit. The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Send a mail request, put in writing and including a photocopy of a requester's driver's license or state ID, to:

Wayne County Clerk's Office
c/o City of Detroit Birth and Death Records Division
400 Monroe Street, Suite 605
Detroit, MI 48226

Bring along a completed Birth Certificate Application or Death Certificate Application. For rushed orders, complete a Rushed Delivery Birth Certificate Application or Death Certificate Application.

Mail requests from outside the city of Detroit should go to:

The Office of the Wayne County Clerk
c/o Birth and Death Records Division
2 Woodward Avenue, Room 201
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 224-6262

Bring or mail a completed death certificate application (regular and rushed delivery) or a birth certificate application (regular and rushed delivery). The Office of the Wayne County Clerk also accepts request for birth certificate copies at its Westland branch. To place a request there, download this Birth Application Form and bring or send it to 3100 Henry Ruff Road, Westland, MI 48186.

Both the Westland satellite office and the main office in Downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue accepts requires for copies of marriage licenses.

The Wayne County Clerk charges $24 for the first certified copy of a birth or death certificate or a marriage license and then $7 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time. There is a reduced fee of $2 for a certified copy of a birth certificate for senior citizens that are 65 years and older. Each additional copy attracts a charge of $3. Cash is only acceptable for paying for in-person requests. For mail a request, include a certified check or money order to the appropriate fess and make it payable to Wayne County Clerk.