Hamilton County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Hamilton County recorded 3,463 violent crimes and 27,792 property crimes in 2016, the last year with a complete set of records. Overall crime rate declined in the county between 2012 and 2016 with violent crimes reducing by 2.3% and property crime rate falling by 16.2%. A closer look at violent crime figures reveals that there were 69 homicides, 421 rapes, 1,560 robberies, 1,413 aggravated assaults in Hamilton County in 2016. In the same period, the county recorded 5,797 burglaries, 20,220 larcenies, 1,775 motor vehicle thefts, and 519 arsons.
Compared to 2012 crime statistics, the five-year crime trend in Hamilton County shows higher incidences of homicide (21.1%), rape (43.2%), aggravated assault (25%), motor vehicle theft (12.2%), and arson (17.7%). On the other hand, robbery (24.3%), burglary (29.7%), and larceny (13.4%) rates dropped in the same period.
The Records Unit of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office maintains all law enforcement reports generated by the deputies. Available records include criminal offense and accident reports as well as arrest records. It provides copies of these reports to the public upon requests. To make a request, visit the Records Section located at 1000 Sycamore Street, Room 100, Cincinnati, Ohio. The office opens to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Its phone number is (513) 946-6220.
Pursuant to the passage of Megan’s Law in 1994, Ohio empowered county sheriff’s to collect sex offender information and pass them on to the Office of the state’s Attorney General. A statewide sex offender registry is publicly available and accessible on OffenderWatch page of the Attorney General’s Office. Use the Ohio Sex Offender Registry Search to find sex offenders living in different parts of Hamilton County by providing their zip codes. Locate individual offenders by searching by name or email address. The registry also includes information about non-compliant offenders.
All inmate and jail records are under the purview of the Hamilton County Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office provides an online inmate locator tool to help find, and provide basic information about, individuals housed in correctional facilities all over the county. Use it to locate an inmate by entering a last name or selecting from a drop-down list on the page.
The Clerk of Courts is the official in charge of keeping all court records for Hamilton County except for probate court documents. The Office of the Clerk makes these case records available online on its Records Search webpage. Users can refine their search results by choosing to only look at records from certain county courts. Other ways to filter search results include by case type, case number, attorney, judge, and court date.
Hamilton County Probate Court records are available on the court’s website. Use the Court Record Search function to find case documents by case number or names of parties involved. From the indexed results, enquirers can view case dockets to see more details and even print copies of viewed documents.
The Probate Court also maintains records of marriage licenses issued in Hamilton County. It provides a dedicated Marriage License Search tool on its Court Record page. Use it to find licenses issued in the county from January 1, 1984 to present. For older records of licenses issued between 1808 and 1983, visit the Probate Court Online Archived Records and follow the Marriage Record link. This archive also includesold birth records issued between 1863 and 1908 and marriage records issued between 1881 and 1908.
Hamilton County Public Health is the department responsible for keeping and issuing vital records in the county. It accepts mail and in-person requests for birth and death certificates. To request for any of these in person, visit the Public Health office on the 2nd Floor of 250 William Howard Taft, Cincinatti, Ohio. For a mail request, download and complete a birth or death certificate application and then send it to:
Hamilton County Public Health
250 William Howard Taft, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Alternatively, order a certified copy of a birth or death certificate by phone by calling (513) 946-7890. The fee for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate is $24. Acceptable forms of payment include cash (in-person requests only), check, money order, and debit/credit card.
The Probate Court issues certified copies of marriage licenses in Hamilton County. To obtain one, visit the Marriage License Department to apply in person. To make a request by mail, download and complete an Application for Certified Abstract of Marriage or Application for Exemplified/Authenticated Abstract of Marriage. Send it to:
Hamilton County Probate Court
Marriage License Department
William Howard Taft Center
230 E. Ninth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-2145
The fee for each certified copy of a marriage abstract is $2. Include this payment, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, as a cashier’s check or money order made payable to Hamilton Court Probate Court.