Montgomery County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

Montgomery County recorded 2,156 violent crimes and 16,951 property crimes in 2016, the most recent year with a complete set of crime data. These figures represent a slight 1.3% rise in violent crime rate and a 14.3% dip in violent crime rate between 2012 and 2016. A closer look at the 2016 violent crime statistics for the county reveals that there were 57 murders, 326 forcible rapes, 773 robberies, and 1000 aggravated assaults. The year also recorded 4,297 burglaries, 11,191 larceny thefts, 1,463 motor vehicle thefts, and 151 arsons.

The five-year crime trend in Montgomery County shows that murder, rape, and aggravated assault rates climbed by 78.1%, 30.4%, and 9.5% respectively. Among property crimes, motor vehicle theft was the only one to see an increase between 2012 and 2016. The number of motor vehicle thefts rose by 16.4%. On the other hand, Montgomery County recorded fewer incidences of robbery (17.1%), burglary (26.3%), larceny (11.7%), and arson (30.7%) in the same period.

Criminal Records

Criminal justice records such as background checks and police reports are available from the Records Section of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Visit the Records Department located at 345 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio. The Section’s phone number is (937) 225-4096.

The Records Department charges $3 for each record check and 10 cents per page for incident reports. Requesters have to pay more (25 cents per page) to obtain certified copies of police reports. There is a different fee for accident reports. Each crash report attracts a charge of $4. All fees are payable in cash, check, and money order.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is responsible for maintaining electronic records of all registered sex offenders living, working, and attending school in all the counties of the state. In fulfilling this duty, the Attorney General’s Office maintains an electronic sex offender registration network (eSORN). This central Ohio Sex Offender Registry is accessible online. Use the search functions of the Registry to find compliant and non-compliant sex offenders residing in Montgomery County. You can search for them by name, email address, phone number, street address, and zip code.

The Sheriff oversees the operation of the Montgomery County Jail. This facility is located at 330 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio. To obtain jail information, contact the facility’s Administrator by calling (937) 225-3492. For prisoner information, call (937) 225-4160. The Montgomery County Sheriff also provides a helpful inmate locator tool online to help members of the public find persons in custody.

Court Records

The locations and contact information of the various courts in Montgomery County are:

Second District Court of Appeals of Ohio
41 N. Perry Street, Fifth Floor
Dayton, OH 45422
OhioSecondDistrict@mcohio.org
Phone: (800) 608-4652 (from within Ohio) or (937) 225-4464

Montgomery Court Municipal Court – Western Division
195 South Clayton Road
New Lebanon, OH 45345-9601
Phone: (937) 687-9099. Fax: (937) 687-7119

Montgomery Court Municipal Court – Eastern Division
6111 Taylorsville Road
Huber Heights, OH 45424-2951
Phone: (937) 496-7231. Fax: (937) 496-7236

Court of Common Pleas – General Division
41 N. Perry Street
Dayton, OH 45422
Court of Common Pleas – Domestic Relations Division
301 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45422-2160
(937) 225-4063
Open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Court of Common Pleas – Juvenile Division
380 W. Second Street
Dayton, Ohio 45422
Court of Common Pleas – Probate Division
41 N. Perry Street
Dayton, OH 45422-2155
(937) 225-4640

To find the records of the Probate Division of the Court of Common Pleas, head to the Case Search webpage for the court. You can filter search results by choosing from different Probate case types such as Estate, Guardianship, and Trust. The Probate Division has a separate Marriage License Case Search page. This search tool retrieves information for marriage licenses obtained after January 1, 2001. For older records, visit the Probate Division courthouse. Members of the public can request certified copies of Probate Division records by calling (937) 225-4640.

The County Clerk of Courts maintains the records of the Montgomery County Municipal Court, General Division of the Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division of the Court of Common Pleas, and the Second District Appellate Court of Ohio. Criminal and civil case records for all of these courts are available on the county’s Public Record Online (PRO) System.

Regular, certified, and authenticated/exemplified copies of records from these courts are available at the office of the Clerk of the Courts located at 41 North Perry Street, Room 106, Dayton, Ohio. The office opens to the public between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Clerk charges 10 cents per page for regular copies, $1 per page for certified copies, and an additional $5 per record for exemplification. Fees are payable in cash, check, and money order.

In addition to requesting copies of the records of the Court of Common Pleas in person, it is also possible to make a request by mail or email. Send your email request to recordssection@mcclerk.org. Include payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope with each mail request sent to:

Montgomery County Courts Building
41 N. Perry Street, Room 104
Dayton, OH 45422

Both the Eastern and Western Divisions of the Montgomery County Municipal Court also accept mail, telephone, and fax requests in addition to in-person requests. Mail, call or fax requests to the Divisions’ addresses as well as telephone and fax numbers as provided above.

Vital Records

Divorce records for Montgomery County are available from the Domestic Relations Division of the Court of Common Pleas. Visit this Division at 301 West Third Street, Dayton to request for copies of Divorce Decrees in person. Phone requests are also accepted. Call the Domestic Relations Division at (937) 225-4562 or the Records Division of the office of County Clerk of the Courts at (937) 496-7762. The fee for certified copies of Divorce Decrees is $1 per page while requesters pay 10 cents per page for uncertified copies. Electronic copies sent via email are free.

The Probate Division of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas provides copies of marriage certificates upon request. Visit the Probate Division on the 2nd Floor of the Montgomery County Courts Building at 41 N. Perry Street, Dayton to obtain certified copies of marriage records. The Court charges $2 for each certified copy issued. Alternatively, send a mail request along with a self-addressed stamped return envelope and a certified check or money order covering fees, to:

Montgomery County Marriage License Bureau
41 N. Perry Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton, OH 45422-2155

The Department of Vital Statistics of Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health provides copies of birth and death records for events that occurred in the county. Its records include birth certificates dating back to 1908. For birth and death certificates from 1867 to 1908, contact Montgomery County Archives at (937) 225-6366.

The Department of Vital Statistics accepts in-person, phone, and mail requests for birth and death records. Call the office at 937-496-3114. Visit or send a mail request to its office located at:

Reibold Building – 1st Floor
117 S. Main Street
Dayton, OH 45422

The office opens to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Business hours for Tuesday and Friday are between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, the office opens between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The Department of Vital Statistics charges $22 for each certified copy of a birth or death certificate. Certified checks and money orders made payable to Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County are accepted.