Franklin County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Franklin County recorded 4,868 violent crimes and 43,457 property crimes in 2016, the last year with a complete set of crime statistics. These figures represent a 7.3% dip in violent crimes and a 21.1% reduction in property crimes over the last five years. A breakdown of 2016 violent crime data shows that were 99 homicides, 958 rapes, 2,303 robberies, and 1,509 aggravated assaults in the county. The year also recorded 8,862 burglaries, 30,769 larcenies, 3,826 motor vehicle thefts, and 430 arsons.
Compared to 2012 figures, the five-year crime trend in Franklin County indicates that homicide (20.2%), rape (49.2%), aggravated assault (19.4%), and motor vehicle theft (1.6%) rates rose. In the same period, the county recorded fewer robberies (30.1%), burglaries (47.1%), larcenies (11.1%), and arsons (26.6%).
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office provides access to some public records such as incident and accident reports. While the fee for an accident report is $4, other records attract regular copy fees and the Sheriff charges 5 cents per page for them. To obtain such public records, visit the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 370 South Front Street, 2nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or call the office at (614) 525-3365.
Ohio law empowers the Office of the Attorney General to maintain a regularly updated registry of sex offenders and child victim offenders living in the state. Information for this registry comes from local Sheriffs who must run sex offender registration units in their counties. To search this statewide sex offender database, visit the Franklin County Sheriff Crime Alert webpage. This publicly accessible website has search tools for finding registered sex offenders in the state and county. Use the name search function to find a specific sex offender or provide a zip code to see all sex offenders living in an area of the county. The public can also access information for incarcerated and non-compliant sex offenders in the county.
The Franklin County Sheriff is the official responsible for keeping all inmate and jail records in the county. To make finding inmates easier, the Sheriff’s Office provides an online inmate information search tool. Use it to locate individuals booked into any of the county’s jails by providing information such as name, age, gender, and race.
The Court of Appeals, Court of Common Pleas, and Probate Court make up the judicial system in Franklin County. The Franklin County Clerk of Courts is responsible for maintaining the records of these courts. The Clerk’s Office makes court records available on a dedicated Case Information Online Portal. Use it to search for records generated by the Court of Appeals as well as the Civil/Criminal and Domestic divisions of the Court of Common Pleas.
For the records of the Franklin County Probate Court, use the General Case Index webpage to access those documents. The Probate Court also provides a separate online marriage license index for searching for licenses issued from January 3, 1995 to date.
The Office of Vital Statistics of the Columbus Public Health Department records, keeps, and issues copies of birth and death certificates in Franklin County. Interested individuals can request for certified copies of these records by mail or in person. For same-day delivery, choose the in-person option by visiting the Office of Vital Statistics at 240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. The office opens by 8:00 a.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9:00 a.m. on Friday. It closes by 4:15 p.m. but only accepts requests for same-day delivery up to 4:00 p.m.
Send a mail request to:
Office of Vital Statistics Columbus Public Health
240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Office of Vital Statistics keeps birth and death records from 1908 to present and charges $25 for each certified copy of birth or death certificate issued.
The Probate Court is responsible for issuing certified copies of marriage abstracts in Franklin County. It accepts in-person and mail requests. To obtain this record in person, visit the Probate Court Marriage Department at 373 S High Street, 23rd Floor, Columbus, Ohio. The office opens between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Send a mail request to:
Franklin County Probate Court
attn: Marriage Records
373 S High Street, 22nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6311
The cost of each certified copy of a marriage abstract is $2. The Court accepts cash and credit/debit card for payment for in-person requests. Check and money order are acceptable payment instruments for mail requests.