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Wayne County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What Are Wayne County Arrest Records?

Wayne County arrest records provide information on a person's arrest history. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is the principal law enforcement and custodian of Wayne arrest records. Arrest reports contain personal information on the arrestee and information on the arrest event and/or indictments. Wayne arrest records are open records. Members of the public can request these documents from the County Sheriff. The Sheriff's Office is at:

4747 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 224-2222

Crime Statistics

The Michigan State Police publishes crime statistics for Wayne County. Recent crime statistics show 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 cases of arson.

Compared to 2014 figures, Wayne County's violent crime rate dropped by 8.1% while the property crime rate dipped by 9.3%. Comparative analysis of crime figures for the county shows that the 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%).

What Are Wayne County Criminal Records?

Wayne County criminal records provide data on the criminal activities of individuals living in the county. Details available on a Wayne County criminal record include the name, date of birth, age, and sex of the convict, as well as information about the felony or misdemeanor crime committed. The Michigan State Police is the principal repository for criminal records.

Criminal records are Wayne public records. State laws do not only permit third-party access to criminal records but also enable the public to own copies of the same. A criminal record can, however, be expunged in Michigan.

How Do I Get Wayne County Criminal Records?

The Michigan State Police maintains criminal records for Wayne County. Members of the public can access a criminal record via a name-based search or a fingerprint-based background check. Search results are strictly available online as the State Police does not provide criminal records via mail. For name-based searches, the enquirer will need to register with an email, name, and home address. After registration, the requesting party can click the search button to search for records. Each search request attracts a $10 fee, and acceptable payment options include Visa Card, MasterCard, or Debit Card. For fingerprint searches, requesters can obtain a LiveScan Background Check Request form from their employer or licensing office. They will also need to undergo a LiveScan by contacting any of the Approved LiveScan Vendors. The LiveScan Vendor fees may vary. The Processing Time for each request is seven days.

How to Find Wayne County Sex Offender Information

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.

Record seekers can 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 State Police also provides a community notification system to help update residents on newly registered offenders in their vicinity.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Wayne County Jail?

Inmates at the Wayne County Jail can receive visitors for 30 minutes per week. Visitation from family and friends is non-contact and conducted through a glass barrier. Attorney and Clergy visits may be contact visitations, although limited. The jail visiting hours depend on the visitor. Attorneys can visit during the day, evening, and weekends. Non-contact visiting hours are from 7:00 a.m. up until 10:00 a.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Visiting Days depend on the inmate's housing unit. Visits occur at the following county jail locations:

Old Wayne County Jail
525 Clinton Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Wayne County Jail Division 1
570 Clinton Street
Detroit, MI 48226

The William Dickerson Detention Facility
3501 Hamtramck Drive
Hamtramck, MI 48211

Where and How to Find Wayne County Inmate Information

Inmate records are usually available for public inspection. 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.

Anyone can use the tool to search for offenders by name or booking ID. Available inmate information includes the inmate's personal information such as name, age, address, and details of indictments and convictions. The enquirer may forward complaints to the County Sheriff if not satisfied with the search results. The Sheriff's Office is at:

4747 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 224-2222

What Are Wayne County 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, the inquirer should visit the Third Judicial Circuit Court’s web portal. The webpage provides separate links for searching criminal case records and civil and family case records.

To order copies of court records in person, the requester can 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 the Record's Room email. It is important to 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.

Location of All Courts in Wayne County

There are 29 court locations in Wayne County, Michigan. The Wayne County court system includes three Circuit Courts, twenty District Courts, a Probate Court, and five Municipal Courts.

3rd Circuit Court - Wayne - Civil and Family Domestic Divisions
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-6262

3rd Circuit Court - Wayne - Criminal Division
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
1441 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-6262

3rd Circuit Court - Wayne - Family Juvenile Division
Lincoln Hall of Justice
1025 E Forest Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: (313) 224-6262

16th District Court - Livonia
32765 5 Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2500

17th District Court - Redford
15111 Beech Daly Road
Redford, MI 48239
Phone: (313) 387-2790

18th District Court - Westland
36675 Ford Rd
Westland, MI 48185
Phone: (734) 595-8720
Fax: (734) 595-0160

19th District Court - Dearborn
16077 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: (313) 943-2060

20th District Court - Dearborn Heights
25637 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
Phone: (313) 277-7480

21st District Court - Garden City
6000 N Middlebelt Road
Garden City, MI 48135
Phone: (734) 793-1680

22nd District Court - Inkster
26279 Michigan Avenue
Inkster, MI 48141
Phone: (313) 277-8200
Fax: (313) 277-8221

23rd District Court - Taylor
23365 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: (734) 287-6550
Fax: (734) 374-1303

24th District Court - Allen Park
6515 Roosevelt Road
Allen Park, MI 48101
Phone: (313) 928-0535
Fax: (313) 928-1860

25th District Court - Lincoln Park
1475 Cleophus
Lincoln Park, MI 48146
Phone: (313) 382-8603
Fax: (313) 382-9373

27th District Court - Wyandotte
2015 Biddle Avenue
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Phone: (734) 324-4475
Fax: (734) 324-4472

28th District Court - Southgate
14720 Reaume Parkway
Southgate, MI 48195
Phone: (734) 258-3068
Fax: (734) 246-1405

29th District Court - Wayne
34808 Sims Avenue
Wayne, MI 48184
Phone: (734) 722-5220
Fax: (734) 722-7003

30th District Court - Highland Park
12050 Woodward Avenue
Highland Park, MI 48203
Phone: (313) 252-0300
Fax: (313) 865-1115

31st District Court - Hamtramck
3401 Evaline Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212
Phone: (313) 800-5248
Fax: (313) 782-4990

32A District Court - Harper Woods
19617 Harper Avenue
Harper Woods, MI 48225
Phone: (313) 343-2590
Fax: (313) 343-2594

33rd District Court - Woodhaven
19000 Van Horn
Woodhaven, MI 48183
Phone: (734) 671-0201
Fax: (734) 671-0307

34th District Court - Romulus
11131 Wayne Road
Romulus, MI 48174
Phone: (734) 941-4462

35th District Court - Plymouth
660 Plymouth Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: (734) 459-4740
Fax: (734) 454-9303

36th District Court - Detroit
421 Madison Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 965-4158
Fax: (313) 965-3951

Wayne County Probate Court
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-5706

Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court
90 Kerby Road
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Phone: (313) 885-2104
Fax: (313) 882-8340

Grosse Pointe Municipal Court
17147 Maumee Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Phone: (313) 343-5262
Fax: (313) 885-0820

Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Court
15115 E Jefferson Avenue
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Phone: (313) 822-3535
Fax: (313) 822-0016

Grosse Pointe Shores Municipal Court
Shores Municipal Building
795 Lake Shore Road
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236
Phone: (313) 881-5503
Fax: (313) 640-1661

Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court
20025 Mack Plaza Drive
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Phone: (313) 343-2455
Fax: (313) 886-6284

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What Are Wayne County Vital Records

Vital records are documents of events presumed to be vital by the Michigan State government. Examples of such events include births, deaths, marriages, and divorce. Most Wayne County vital records are open to the public and are available on demand. 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. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also provides vital records on request.

Where and How to Get Wayne County Divorce Records

Certified copies of Wayne County divorce records are obtainable from the Wayne County Clerk’s Office. Divorce records are mostly public records and can be accessed by third-parties. The requester can obtain copies by providing a written request stating necessary information about the record, and submitting the request by mail, fax, or in person to:

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

For orders outside Detroit, the applicant should send mail requests to:

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

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also processes requests for divorce records. A divorce record costs $34, and rush requests attract an additional $12 charge. The requester should query the office via mail:

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

Where and How to Get Wayne County Marriage Records

The Wayne County Clerk's Office issues copies of marriage records. Marriage records are available to the public, although confidential sections of a record may be omitted. The Clerk charges $24 for a first order and $7 for additional copies. For record requests for the city of Detroit, the requester should mail the office at:

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

For requests outside the City of Detroit, the requester should send a mail request to:

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

Alternatively, interested parties may obtain certified copies from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The office provides copies of marriage records at $34 each, plus an additional $12 for rush fees. The requester should forward a mail request together with a valid photo ID or any other acceptable document to:

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

Where and How to Get Wayne County Birth Records

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides copies of marriage records for $34 each ($12 for each rush request). The State Office has records filed since 1867. Applicants should send a completed Birth Certificate Application form along with a valid ID to:

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

The Wayne County Clerk's Office also provides birth records. To order copies of a birth certificate for the city of Detroit, the requester can visit the Birth and Death Records Division located at:

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

The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The requester can also send a mail request to the above address, put in writing, and include a photocopy of a driver's license or state ID. Anyone requesting a birth certificate will need to bring along a completed Birth Certificate Application. For rushed orders, the requesting party should complete a Rushed Delivery Birth 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
Phone: (313) 224-6262

The Office of the Wayne County Clerk also accepts requests for birth certificate copies at its Westland branch. To place a request there, the requester should download a 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 accept requests for copies of marriage licenses. The Wayne County Clerk charges $24 for the first certified copy of a birth certificate, 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-in requests, the applicant should include a certified check or money order to the appropriate fees and make it payable to Wayne County Clerk.

Where and How to Get Wayne County Death Records

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has death records filed since 1867. Copies of a death certificate cost $34 each, and a rush order will attract an additional $12 fee. The requester should complete a Death Application Form, attach a copy of a valid ID, and submit to:

Vital Records Request
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909

The Wayne County Clerk also maintains death records. For copies of Detroit death certificate, the requester can send a mail request and a valid 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

The applicant should download and fill a Death Certificate Application or a Rush Order Death Certificate Application. If demanding a death certificate from outside Detroit, the requester should send a mail to:

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

Requests can also be made to:

Henry Ruff Road
Westland, MI 48186

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. The only acceptable payment option for in-person requests is cash. Mail requests should be made payable to Wayne County Clerk via certified check or money order.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Wayne County?

Wayne County property records are considered open records. The Michigan State Freedom of Information Act grants citizens the right to inspect or own copies of a property record. Access to some records may be limited by law. For instance, confidential portions of a property record may be exempted from public view.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Wayne County

The Wayne County Recorder of Deeds is tasked with filing and maintaining property records. For in-person visits, the interested individual will need to schedule an appointment online before they can search or request for copies of documents. Mail and walk-in requests are processed at:

International Center Building
Wayne County Register of Deeds
400 Monroe
7th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226-2925

Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., from Mondays to Fridays (except on holidays). The Register of Deeds charges $2 per page requested.

How to Look Up Wayne County Property Records

The Wayne County Recorder of Deeds provides electronic means for searching and purchasing copies of property records. There are two options available. The public may conduct a free index search by providing a grantor or grantee information. The record seeker will not be able to view or print indexed data using the free search option. The online search service requires a "Pay as You Go" or a "Commercial Search" subscription. Both subscription plans allow the enquirer to search and print copies of a property record at a price.

The Pay as You Go plan provides search access at $6 per 15 minutes and $24 per hour, while the Commercial Search subscription allows 15-minute access for $6 and one hour access for $21. Both plans require registration. The requester may also print individual documents for $2 per page and can print for up to $10 per document with the Pay as You Go plan and $1 per page (up to $5 per document) with the Commercial Search plan.

Location of Wayne County Property Assessors

City of Dearborn Assessor
13615 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: (313) 943-2140
Fax: (313) 943-3149

City of Westland Assessor
36601 Ford Road
2nd Floor
Westland, MI 48185
Phone: (734) 467-3160
Fax: (734) 467-3546

City of Dearborn Heights Assessor
6045 Fenton Avenue
Dearborn Heights, MI 48027
Phone: (313) 791-3460
Fax: (313) 791-3461

City of Detroit Assessor
2 Woodward Avenue
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Suite 804
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-3011
Fax: (313) 224-4270

City of Livonia Assessor
33000 Civic Center Drive
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2220

City of Taylor Assessor
23555 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: (734) 374-1315
Fax: (734) 374-1646