Maricopa County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Maricopa County recorded 248 murders and 2,259 rapes in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics. Other incidences of violent crimes include 5,200 robberies and 12,879 aggravated assaults. A breakdown of property crime statistics in the county for 2017 reveals 23,061 robberies, 89,817 larcenies, 12,605 motor vehicle thefts, and 458 arsons.

Compared to 2013 crime statistics, the only crimes with declining rates are burglary (22.9%) and arson (37.3%). The five-year crime trend for Maricopa County shows that larceny rate (0.1%) barely increased but murder (27.8%), rape (88.1%), robbery (6.4%), aggravated assault (30.2%), and motor vehicle theft (16.6%) recorded significant increases.

Criminal Records

While the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has a Sex Offender Notification Unit responsible for registering offenders living in the county, these information go to a statewide database. By law, the Arizona Department of Public Safety is the agency responsible for maintaining sex offender registry in the state. It makes its sex offender database available to the public online via OffenderWatch. To find information about sex offenders living in Maricopa County, visit the Arizona Sex Offender Registry. Search the database by name or email address to find individual offenders. Alternatively, conduct a map search by providing a zip code to see all sex offenders living in a part of the county.

The Sheriff’s Office keeps all inmate and jail records for Maricopa County. In addition to offering helpful inmate information such as jail telephone systems and how to deposit money into inmate accounts, the Sheriff also provides a useful tool for locating inmates. Use the Inmate Search function to find individuals incarcerated in county jails by their booking numbers or names and dates of birth.

Court Records

The Clerk of the Superior Court is the official in charge of keeping court records in Maricopa County. The Office of the Clerk provides public access to non-confidential case records and provides copies upon request. Court records for the county are available on the website of the Superior Court of Maricopa. These include dockets for criminal, civil, family, and probate court cases as well as court calendars. Follow the links on the Public Access to Court Information webpage to search for these dockets.

The Clerk of the Court provides copies of civil, criminal, domestic, probate, divorce, and tax court case files as well as marriage licenses. Residents of the county can request for these copies in person or by mail, phone, and fax. For in-person requests, visit any of these four locations of the Clerk’s Office:

Customer Service Center
601 W. Jackson
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Northwest Regional Court Center
14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane
Surprise, AZ 85374

Southeast Court Complex
222 E. Javelina
Mesa, AZ 85202

Northeast Regional Court Center
18380 N. 40th St., Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85032

These offices open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Send a mail request to:

Correspondence Section
Clerk of the Superior Court
201 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

When ordering by phone, call (602) 372-5375. Send your fax request to Correspondence Section, Clerk of the Court at (602) 506-7619. Note that certified records are not available by fax. The Clerk charges 50 cents per page for copies of court records. There is an additional fee of $30 per document for certified copies. Include a $7 postage and handling fee with mail, fax, and telephone requests. The Clerk accepts cash, money order, debit card, or credit card for in-person requests. For other requests, send the required fee as money order made payable to the Clerk of the Court.

The Clerk’s Office also accepts mail requests for copies of marriage licenses. Send the request to:

Correspondence Section
Clerk of the Superior Court
201 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Include a money order for $30.50 along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Public Records

The Office of Vital Registration of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health keeps and issues birth and death certificates in Maricopa County. To apply for any of these in person, bring a valid photo ID to any of these four locations of the Vital Records Office:

Central Valley

3221 N 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-506-6805

East Valley

4419 E Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85205
602-506-6805

North Valley

2423 W Dunlap Avenue, Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ 85021
602-506-6805

West Valley

1850 N 95th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85037
602-506-6805

All of these locations are open to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. To send a mail request, download and complete an Application for a Certified Copy of an Arizona Birth Certificate (also available in Spanish) or an Application for a Certified Copy of an Arizona Death Certificate (Spanish). Include a photocopy of a valid ID, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and the required fees. Send the mail request to:

Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration
P.O. Box 2111
Phoenix, AZ 85001

The Vital Registration Office charges $20 for each certified copy of birth or death record. The fee for a non-certified copy is $5. Acceptable forms of payments include cash (only for in-person requests), cashier’s check, money order, and MasterCard or Visa card.