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Are Arrest Records Public in Ohio?

Yes. Ohio public arrest records can be accessed by the general public. However, records of dismissed cases or cases where the arrested persons were found not guilty are typically expunged. In such instances, the records would no longer exist. If the individual's case did not go to trial and they were found guilty, then their records would typically be held for a number of years, after which an expungement may be possible.

According to Ohio Rev. Code section 2935.01, an arrest occurs when a law enforcement officer takes a person into custody for an alleged crime. While arrests do not necessarily translate into convictions, arrest records are typically included in the arrestee's Ohio criminal records. Arrest records are especially important for employers conducting background checks, as they can provide information about an applicant's criminal history. Hence, per Ohio state statutes, an arrest record may be made available to eligible members of the public upon request.

Note: Per Ohio Rev. Code section 2943.44, an individual's criminal record (unlike arrest records) is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act and does not have to be released to any person unless the information is part of a larger record.

What Shows Up on an Arrest Record in Ohio

An Ohio public arrest record contains information about a detainment, such as the name of the person arrested, the date of the arrest, and the charges. These records are generated by the Ohio law enforcement agency that made the arrest and are maintained by Ohio state courts and their equivalents in the counties and municipalities.

Typically, Ohio arrest records feature the following:

  • The name of the person arrested
  • The date of the arrest
  • The location of the arrest
  • A physical description of the arrestee
  • The arresting agency
  • The charges against the arrestee
  • Whether the person was released on bail
  • Any mugshots taken during booking
  • The case number assigned by the court
  • Any conditions of release set by the court.

An arrest search in Ohio provides access to state-wide arrest and apprehending records. There are several ways to search for arrest records in Ohio. State residents may conduct an in-person search by going to the law enforcement facility in charge of making the arrest and asking to see the records. Some law enforcement agencies also support mail-in requests for arrest records.

Additionally, state-owned and certain independent web databases provide online access to arrest records in the state. The requester must supply details like the names of the arrested person, the arrest date, the charges, and other information relevant to the arrest to facilitate the search. Per the Ohio Public Records Law, arrest records are public records. However, a court order or exemption in state law may remove certain arrest records from public access.

Ohio Public Arrest Record by CountyCounty Sheriff AddressContact Number
Adams County Sheriff's Office110 West Main Street, Room 43
West Union, OH 45693
Adams County
(937) 544-2314
Allen County Sheriff's Office333 North Main Street
P.O. Box 1243
Lima, OH 45801
Allen County
Phone: (419) 993-1412
Fax: (419) 227-2004
Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office25 West Jefferson Street
Jefferson, OH 44047
Ashtabula County
Phone: (440) 576-0055
Fax: (440) 576-5915
Athens County Sheriff's Office13 West Washington Street
Athens, OH 45701
Athens County
Phone: (740) 593-6633
Fax: (740) 594-6423
Auglaize County Sheriff's OfficeP.O. Box 26
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Auglaize County
Phone: (419) 739-6565
Fax: (419) 739-6567
Belmont County Sheriff's Office68137 Hammond Road
Saint Clairsville, OH 43950
Belmont County
Phone: (740) 695-7933
Fax: (740) 695-9662
Brown County Sheriff's Office750 Mount Orab Pike
Georgetown, OH 45121
Brown County
Phone: (937) 378-4435
Fax: (937) 378-2039
Butler County Sheriff's Office705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Butler County
Phone: (513) 785-1300
Fax: (513) 785-1069
Carroll County Sheriff's Office43 Second Street SE
Carrollton, OH 44615
Carroll County
Phone: (330) 627-2141
Fax: (330) 627-2143
Champaign County Sheriff's Office308 Miami Street Suite B
Urbana, OH 43078
Champaign County
Phone: (937) 484-6091
Fax: (937) 652-3622
Clark County Sheriff's Office120 North Fountain Avenue
Springfield, OH 45502
Clark Count
Phone: (937) 328-2560
Fax: (937) 328-2515
Clermont County Sheriff's Office4470 State Route 222
Batavia, OH 45103
Clermont County
Phone: (513) 732-7500
Fax: (513) 732-7515
Clinton County Sheriff's Office1645 Davids Drive
Wilmington, OH 45177
Clinton County
Phone: (937) 382-1611
Fax: (937) 382-7530
Columbiana County Sheriff's Office105 South Market Street
Lisbon, OH 44432
Columbiana County
Phone: (330) 424-7255
Fax: (330) 424-5081
Coshocton County Sheriff's Office328 Chestnut Street
Coshocton, OH 43812
Coshocton County
(740) 622-2411
Crawford County Sheriff's Office3613 Stetzer Road
Bucyrus, OH 44820
Crawford County
(419) 562-7906
Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office1215 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Cuyahoga County
Phone: (216) 443-6000
Fax: (216) 348-4353
Darke County Sheriff's Office5185 County Home Rd.
Greenville, OH 45331
Darke County
Phone: (937) 548-3399
Fax: (937) 548-9235
Defiance County Sheriff's Office113 Biede Ave.
Defiance, OH 43512
Defiance County
Phone: (419) 784-1155
Fax: (419) 784-1592
Delaware County Sheriff's Office149 North Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
Delaware County
Phone: (740) 833-2810
Fax: (740) 833-2809
Erie County Sheriff's Office2800 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870
Erie County
Phone: (419) 625-7951
Fax: (419) 627-7547
Fairfield County Sheriff's Office345 Lincoln Ave.
Lancaster, OH 43130
Fairfield Count
Phone: (740) 652-7900
Fax: (740) 654-8115
Fayette County Sheriff's Office113 East Market Street
Washington Court House, OH 4316
Phone: (740) 335-6170
Fax: (740) 333-3589
Franklin County Sheriff's Office373 S. High Street, Floor 2B
Columbus, OH 43215
Franklin County
(614) 525-3360
Fulton County Sheriff's Office129 Courthouse Plaza
Wauseon, OH 43567
Fulton County
Phone: (419) 335-4010
Fax: (419) 337-2408
Gallia County Sheriff's Office18 Locust Street
Gallipolis, OH 45631
Gallia County
Phone: (740) 446-1205
Fax: (740) 441-4804
Geauga County Sheriff's Office12450 Merritt Drive
Chardon, OH 44024
Geauga County
Phone: (440) 279-2064
Fax: (440) 286-6889
Greene County Sheriff's Office120 E. Main St.
Xenia, OH 45385
Greene County
Phone: (937) 562-4803
Fax: (937) 562-4880
Guernsey County Sheriff's Office601 Southgate Pkwy.
Cambridge, OH 43725
Guernsey County
Phone: (740) 439-4455
Fax: (740) 432-3916
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office1000 Sycamore St., Room 110
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hamilton County
Phone: (513) 946-6400
Fax: (513) 946-6402
Hancock County Sheriff's Office200 W. Crawford St.
Findlay, OH 45840
Hancock County
Phone: (419) 424-7097
Fax: (419) 424-7078
Hardin County Sheriff's Office1025 S. Main St.
Kenton, OH 43326
Hardin County
Phone: (419) 673-1268
Fax: (419) 675-7260
Harrison County Sheriff's Office114 Court St.
Cadiz, OH 43907
Harrison County
Phone: (740) 942-2197
Fax: (740) 942-4693
Henry County Sheriff's Office123 E. Washington St.
Napoleon, OH 43545
Henry County
Phone: (419) 592-8010
Fax: (419) 592-6915
Highland County Sheriff's OfficeHighland County Justice Center
130 Homestead Ave.
Hillsboro, OH 45133
Highland County
Phone: (937) 393-1421
Fax: (937) 393-5856
Hocking County Sheriff's Office25 E. 2nd St.
Logan, OH 43138
Hocking County
Phone: (740) 385-2131
Fax: (740) 380-2121
Holmes County Sheriff's Office8105 T.R. 574
Holmesville, OH 44633
Holmes County
Phone: (330) 674-1936
Fax: (330) 674-8504
Huron County Sheriff's Office255 Shady Lane Dr.
Norwalk, OH 44857
Huron County
Phone: (419) 668-6912
Fax: (419) 663-2227
Jackson County Sheriff's Office350 Portsmouth St. Suite 102
Jackson, OH 45640
Jackson County
Phone: (740) 286-6464
Fax: (740) 286-5635
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office16001 State Route 7
Steubenville, OH 43952
Jefferson County
Phone: (740) 283-8600
Fax: (740) 283-8598
Knox County Sheriff's Office11540 Upper Gilchrist Rd.
Mt. Vernon, OH 43050
Knox County
Phone: (740) 397-3333
Fax: (740) 397-5277
Lake County Sheriff's Office104 East Erie St.
Painesville, OH 44077
Lake County
Phone: (440) 350-5517
Fax: (440) 350-5590
Lawernce County Sheriff's Office115 South Fifth St.
Ironton, OH 45638
Lawrence County
Phone: (740) 532-3525
Fax: (740) 532-7525
Licking County Sheriff's Office155 East Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
Licking County
Phone: (740) 670-5555
Fax: (740) 670-5580

Ohio Arrest Statistics

The 2021 arrest data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) shows a total of 136,483 arrests were made in 2021. The common offenses were aggravated Assault (4,581), burglary (2,346), disorderly conduct (6,908), driving under the influence (9,891), forgery and counterfeiting (155), and fraud (972).

Furthermore, a total of 97,760 males and 38,778 females were detained during that year, showing that males were more likely than females to be involved in crime. Adults between the ages of 25 and 39, numbering 41,788 for the male category and 17,157 for the female, had a higher arrest rate.

Who Can Access Ohio Arrest Records?

There are a few restrictions on who can access Ohio arrest records. In general, these records are open to the public, but there are some exceptions. For example, sealed or expunged records cannot be accessed by the general public. Additionally, juvenile records are typically not available to the public.

The following persons can access Ohio arrest records with minimal restrictions:

  • The subject of the arrest record
  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Attorneys
  • Courts

Other persons and organizations who may access these records include:

  • Child protective services
  • Probation and parole officers
  • Schools and universities
  • Employers conducting background checks.

How Do I Lookup Someone’s Arrest Records in Ohio?

Arrest records can be obtained in various ways.

Personal Arrest Record Requests

Residents can request a copy of their arrest record, and they will receive a response in writing. This is known as personal search, and the Ohio Revised Code only requires that the response be provided within 30 days.

Members of the public may request their personal Ohio arrest records from the Ohio Highway Patrol. In order to do so, individuals must complete and submit a Record Request Form, which can be obtained from the Highway Patrol's website. The completed form, along with a $25 processing fee, must be submitted to the Ohio Highway Patrol's Records Section. The request should be mailed to

Highway Patrol
Records Section
P.O. Box 182074
Columbus, OH 43218-2074

Alternatively, the request may be submitted in person at the following address:

Highway Patrol
Records Section
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223

Requests for arrest records must be made by the individual who is the subject of the record. The Highway Patrol will not release records to third parties without the consent of the individual who is the subject of the record.

It can take up to three weeks for the Highway Patrol to process an arrest record request.

Administrative Searches

Administrative searches occur when somebody uses public records to access an individual's arrest record.

To access an individual's criminal record, the requestor will have to file a petition with the court explaining why they want their records and what information they require. They must include their contact details as well as the reason they want the public records, and a fee must be paid before your petition can be heard by a judge.

An administrative search is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, and an individual can access someone else's arrest records for free. However, if the requestor is granted with the petition, then there is a fee structure that determines how much the individual has to pay. The Ohio Revised Code outlines a fee structure:

  • If the name of the arrestee is included in the search results for free, then there is a $5 processing fee.
  • There is also a $2 fee per page if any documents are provided and an additional $1 if it need to be certified. If someone is requesting more than five pages, then there is a $2 additional processing fee
  • If someone is requesting information about an arrest made after 10/27/1997 but before 12/31/2015, the search results are free. However, anyone who wants to access information about an arrest made after 12/31/2015 will have to pay a $2 fee
  • If someone requests information about an arrest made between 1/1/2016 and before 12/31/2017, then there is no cost.
  • However, if they are requesting information about an arrest made after 12/31/2017, then they will have to pay a $2 fee

How to Subpoena Arrest Records in Ohio

Arrest records can be subpoenaed in Ohio for legally justifiable reasons.

The first part of the subpoena will contain the attorney's name, address, and phone number, and the second part the requestor's personal information (name, address, date of birth), what the requesting party is looking for (including the name of the record holder), and how many pages you need (the amount of documents is automatically calculated).

Summarily, to obtain Ohio arrest records, here is what the subpoena will look like:

  • Attorney's name & address
  • My name, address, and date of birth
  • Name of individual
  • Amount of pages (this is automatically calculated)

The requesting party will need to mail or fax the completed subpoena to the sheriff's office in their county. After the Ohio arrest records are served, it is up to the requestor or their attorney what information should be redacted or removed from the documents before they are filed with the court.

How to Search for an Inmate in the Ohio Prison System

In Ohio, all inmates are assigned an "inmate number" by the correctional institution they are housed in. Inmates with low-level offenses will often not have many restrictions placed on their online activity or may even be allowed to have their own computer in their cell. In these cases, requestors may be able to find them using the Ohio Inmate Locator system online with just a few personal details about the inmate. However, inmates with higher security clearances may sometimes be excluded from the Ohio Inmate Locator system and may only be able to make phone calls or write letters home.

The Ohio Inmate Locator system is maintained on the official Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction website. Alternatively, requestors may search for inmates using third-party search services. However, the user may be required to pay a nominal fee to cover the cost of each search.

How to Find Recent Arrests in Ohio

Record seekers can visit the arresting agency to find information about recent arrests and associated records. Records are often retained at the law enforcement offices where these arrests were processed because arrests in Ohio typically take place in the state's counties and cities. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction offers an online inmate search tool that shows details on prisoners who are currently housed in an Ohio prison.

Many counties in Ohio make prisoner records accessible to the public online. For instance, the Trumbull County Sheriff's office has an inmate search tool that allows users to find records of arrests made in the county using search criteria like first and last name, date of birth, and social security number (SSN).

Likewise, third-party websites provide information about people who are incarcerated in Ohio. Users can find several of these sites by simply conducting a search on any of the major search engines. The information obtained from these third-party websites should be noted that it is purely for informational reasons and cannot be used for official purposes.

How Long Do Ohio Arrest Records Stay on File?

Ohio arrest records typically stay on file until they are expunged. Arrestees in Ohio may petition the court after a specific time period (which varies by charge) to have their records expunged. There is no statute of limitations for felony offenses; misdemeanor charges must be expunged within two or five years, depending on the offense. Arrestees may petition to have their records sealed sooner under certain circumstances.

Are Arrest Reports Public in Ohio?

Law enforcement officials create arrest reports following an arrest. Reports contain details on an arrest, including the occasion of the arrest, the location and time of the arrest, as well as the identity of the arrested person. The facts of any witnesses to the incident, any evidence gathered at the site, and whether the detained person gave a statement after being apprehended may all be included in arrest reports.

Conversely, an arrest record in Ohio is a thorough record that can include facts on an individual's arrest history. Since arrest reports are essentially an official account of the arrest procedure, they are frequently subject to strict regulations regarding their distribution. On the other hand, unless otherwise specified by state law, Ohio arrest records are often public information.

Arrest Records and Arrest Warrants: Understanding the Difference

Arrest records and arrest warrants are not the same. The following is a basic explanation of what each means:

  • An arrest record is kept on file by law enforcement and it serves as a criminal history. It contains information such as name, date of birth, race, sex, height and weight of the offender.
  • An arrest warrant is an official document issued by a judge or magistrate that authorizes law enforcement to make an arrest. Unlike arrests via warrants, not every arrest made on the basis of an arrest record ends in conviction.
  • Arrest records are available to the public, but information on arrests made on the basis of warrants are not always released. Arrest records are maintained at the local level by law enforcement agencies while warrant information is kept at county courthouses. This means that it can be hard for someone who wants to find out whether a person has an arrest record to gain access to information about arrests made on the basis of warrants. Arrest records and warrant information also vary from state to state.
  • It is possible for an arrest warrant to be issued for someone even if that individual was not arrested or convicted of a crime, such as when that person failed to appear in court.

Arrest Record vs Criminal Record: Understanding the Difference

An arrest record is a public record that contains information about an individual who has been arrested by law enforcement. This record includes the person's name, date of birth, address, and other identifying information. It also includes the offense for which the person was arrested, the date of the arrest, and the arresting agency.

A criminal record is a public record that contains information about an individual who has been convicted of a crime. This record includes the person's name, date of birth, address, and other identifying information. It also includes the offense for which the person was convicted, the date of conviction, and the sentencing information.

The difference between an arrest record and a criminal record is that an arrest record only indicates that an individual has been arrested by law enforcement, while a criminal record indicates that an individual has been convicted of a crime. An arrest record is not proof of guilt, and a criminal record is proof of guilt.

How to Obtain Arrest Records for Free in Ohio?

In Ohio, members of the public can obtain free arrest records by contacting the local sheriff's office or police department in the county where the arrest occurred. They can also try visiting the county courthouse and query the court clerk or use the self-help computer systems available.

When requesting public arrest records from the local sheriff's office or police department, the requesting party will need to provide some basic information, such as the name of the person who was arrested and the date of the arrest. However, requestors may be required to pay a nominal fee to cover the cost of copies if they require it. The records they obtain from these offices will likely only include basic information such as the charges and the date of the arrest.

Alternatively, the requesting party can visit the county courthouse and ask to speak with the clerk of courts. The clerk's office should be able to provide them with copies of any court documents related to an arrest, including the arrest warrant and the indictment. These documents will likely contain more information than what is available through the sheriff's office or police department. However, there may be a fee for obtaining these documents, specifically if the research process is extensive or if the requestor requires copies or needs the records mailed to an address.

How to Search for an Ohio Public Arrest Record Online Using a Third-Party Search Service

Third-party search services are a great way to search for arrest records in Ohio. These services allow requestors to search for records from a variety of sources, including the Ohio Department of Corrections and local county sheriff's offices.

When using a third-party search service, the enquirer will be required to provide some basic information about themselves and the person they are searching for. This information will include the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of the individual being searched for.

The user will also be required to provide a valid credit card or debit card number in order to access the records. Once the payment is processed, they will be able to view the arrest record within a matter of minutes.

How to Correct an Arrest Record in Ohio

Record-holders can apply to have mistakes in their Ohio arrest records corrected by submitting a written request to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The BCI will investigate the inaccuracy and, if they find that it needs to be corrected, will update the record.

In order to petition the BCI to have a record review, the requestor must submit:

  • A notarized BCI Record Review Request Form
  • A certified copy of government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver's license, passport)
  • The $25 review fee
  • Any supporting documentation that may assist in the review of the arrest record, if available (e.g., court documents, police reports)

Requests can be submitted by mail or in-person to

Attn: Record Review Unit
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
P.O. Box 14620
Columbus, OH 43214-0620

Record-holders who have questions about the BCI record review process can contact the Record Review Unit by email at:

BCI.RRAU@ohioattorneygeneral.gov, or by phone at (614) 466-2594.

Where the record-holder has experienced adverse implications, such as being denied employment because of an inaccurate record, they may wish to also consult with an attorney to discuss whether filing a civil lawsuit would be appropriate.

How to Expunge Arrest Records in Ohio

If someone has been convicted but all charges against them were dismissed, then they may be eligible for an expungement. An expungement clears or deletes an individual's criminal record, or in this case, their arrest records.

To expunge arrest records in Ohio, a petition for expungement is filed with the court, and there are a number of conditions that must be met. The Ohio Revised Code outlines some of the provisions:

  • Ohio Revised Code § 2953.32 For both first and second-degree misdemeanors
  • Ohio Revised Code § 2953.36 For all third-degree misdemeanors
  • Ohio Revised Code § 2953.38 For fourth-degree misdemeanors

If they do not meet the criteria for expungement, then they can petition to have their records sealed

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2953.31 governs expungements in Ohio. Arrestees who choose to petition the court to have their records sealed or expunged must pay the applicable filing fees, which range from $45 to $100. For persons filing against more than one county or city, state law requires that each municipality be paid $30. Arrestees may charge these fees to a credit card if they so choose, but the total cannot exceed $150, and any amount in excess of that is nonrefundable. Arrestees filing for expungement must petition the court where the arrest occurred.

If the expungement application is approved, the requestor will not necessarily be required to seal or expunge your records immediately. Arrestees who are granted an expungement will be required to wait at least one year before filing another petition for expungement. Arrestees with prior felony convictions may not apply.

Expunged records are removed from the public record, but law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice entities still maintain access.