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Tempe Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Tempe Public Records

Per the Tempe Open Records Act, public records consist of any information created, kept, filed, or reproduced by city, county, and state agencies - except when legally restricted. Tempe public records may exist as handwritten or type-written documents, photographs, maps, statistical tables, and emails. Custodian agencies, which are responsible for the dissemination of public records, may choose to restrict access if the records contain the following:

  • It contains information about a patient's medical history.
  • Contains data about adoption proceedings and files.
  • Relates to parole proceedings and probation.
  • Trail preparation records.
  • Reveals sensitive bank records.
  • Reveals the identity of an uncharged suspect.
  • Exposes a witness or an information source protected by a confidentiality agreement.
  • Endangers the life of all stakeholders in an investigation (law enforcement officers, witnesses, and crime victims).

Crime Statistics

The Tempe Police Department is the primary custodian of arrest reports within the city. It provides the yearly statistics of all crimes reported in the city. The crime statistics for the city of Tempe in 2019 show that a total number of 8,326. This figure consist of 891 violent crimes and 7,435 property crimes. The violent crimes consist of 10 murder cases, 141 rape cases, 209 robbery cases, and 531 aggravated assaults. The listed property crimes include 922 burglaries, 5,891 larcenies, 607 motor vehicle thefts, and 15 cases of arson. When compared with the 2016 Crime Statistics Report, these figures show that Tempe recorded a slight decline in the total number of crimes reported (-8%). In the 2016 Crime Statistics Report, murder, aggravated assaults, and motor vehicle thefts increased by 100%, 10%, and 32%, respectively. Conversely, the number of reported rapes, robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and arson declined by 7%, 12%, 23%, 4%, and 53%, respectively.

Are Tempe Criminal Records Public?

Not all Tempe criminal records are accessible to the public. For example, the Arizona Executive Order 2017-07 prevents government agencies from granting access to criminal records checks on job applicants until a conditional offer of employment has been offered. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS) is the sole custodian and repository of all criminal records generated within the city. Record seekers can access criminal records by conducting a fingerprint-based criminal history check at any government agency authorized by the ADPS. Record seekers can contact the ADPS at (602) 223–2000 to get more information on how to obtain Tempe criminal records. The Tempe Municipal Court is also a repository for criminal records. Requesters may request criminal records at the Court.

How to Obtain Tempe Police Reports and Arrest Records

Tempe arrest records and police reports are open records and are accessible to the public via the Records Section of the Tempe Police Department (TPD). Interested persons may request and get arrest records via mail-in or in-person requests. To obtain copies of Tempe arrest records, fill out and submit the arrest record request form to the:

120 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Arrest records cost $5 for the first 20 pages and an additional $0.25 for copies over 20 pages. Payment for arrest records and police reports in the form of a check, money order, or cash is made to the City of Tempe. Requesters must include the payment alongside their written request. Pursuant to the ARS 39-127, victims of crimes are eligible to get one free copy of their police report.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Tempe

In line with the A.R.S. 13-3827, the DPS is responsible for the daily verification of the name, address, and photographs of sex offenders residing in the city of Tempe and the state in general. The DPS also maintains the online sex offender database, which provides information on the location of sex offenders in the state. Interested persons can find sex offenders in Tempe using the location-based search, name-based search, non-compliance search, and Internet name/email address search. To use any of these search methods, provide the sex offender's first and last name, address, city, zip code, and Internet name/email. In addition to this, interested persons may opt to get email notifications alerts when a sex offender moves into the neighborhood or zip code.

How to Find Tempe Inmate Records

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCS) is the primary custodian agency for all incarcerated inmates in the city of Tempe and the county in general. Interested persons may get Tempe inmate information by using the MCS's online inmate search portal. Requesters may search for inmate information utilizing the inmate's booking number or the inmate’s name/date of birth. Alternatively, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry (ADCRR) maintains records of inmates incarcerated in Tempe's correctional facilities. Requesters can utilize ADCRR's online search platform to obtain inmate records. In addition to this, requesters may also receive information on inactive inmates, absconded inmates, and supervised/paroled inmates on this platform.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Tempe Jail?

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which handles remote and on-site visitation, requires visitors to register a GettingOut account. Visit the GetOut official platform to create an account, and fill in the personal information box. Verify and activate the GetOut account. Once completed, log into the platform for remote and on-site visits. Through the GettingOut account, visitors can communicate with inmates incarcerated in any of Tempe and Maricopa County correctional facilities.

On-site visitation occurs at Lower Buckeye Jails and Maricopa's 4th Avenue. Each on-site visitation costs $20 for 20 minutes. In addition to this, inmates are eligible for a free 20-minute remote or on-site visit per week. Visitors can register for on-site visits on the Onsite VisManager scheduler portal. On-site visits also take place at video stations, which are situated at the correctional facilities.

Court Records

As a part of the Arizona Judicial System, the city of Tempe and Maricopa County Municipal court provides the public with access to different types of Tempe court records. The publicly accessible court records include traffic records, probate records, criminal court records, civil court records, and administrative records.

Location of All Courts in Tempe

The City of Tempe and Maricopa County is home to 12 Superior Courts, 26 Justice Courts, and 22 Municipal Courts. The courts’ addresses are listed below.

Maricopa County Superior Court - Central Court Complex
Central Court Building
201 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Central Court Complex
West Court Building
111 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Central Court Complex
East Court Building
101 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Customer Service Center
Clerk of Superior Court Customer Service Center
601 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Downtown
Downtown Justice Center
620 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Durango Juvenile
Juvenile Court Center Durango Facility
3131 West Durango Street
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Northeast
Northeast Regional Court Center
18380 North 40th Street
Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Northwest
Northwest Regional Court Center
14264 West Tierra Buena Lane
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Old Courthouse
125 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - South Court Tower
South Court Tower
175 West Madison Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Southeast
Southeast Public Service Facility
222 East Javelina Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Maricopa County Superior Court - Southeast Juvenile
Juvenile Court Southeast Facility
1810 South Lewis Street
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (602) 372-5375

Agua Fria Justice Court
10420 West Van Buren Street
Avondale, AZ 85323
Phone: (602) 372-8001
Fax: (602) 372-8201

Arcadia Biltmore Justice Court
620 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-6300
Fax: (602) 372-6412

Arrowhead Justice Court
14264 West Tierra Buena Lane
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: (602) 372-2000
Fax: (602) 372-2620

Country Meadows Justice Court
10420 West Van Buren Street
Avondale, AZ 85323
Phone: (602) 372-8000
Fax: (602) 372-8024

Desert Ridge Justice Court
18380 North 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: (602) 372-7100
Fax: (602) 372-7912

Downtown Justice Court
620 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-6300
Fax: (602) 372-6406

Dreamy Draw Justice Court
18380 North 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: (602) 372-7000
Fax: (602) 372-7911

East Mesa Justice Court
4811 East Julep Street
Mesa, AZ 85205
Phone: (480) 985-0188

East Mesa Justice Court
4811 East Julep Street
Mesa, AZ 85205
Phone: (480) 985-0188

Encanto Justice Court
620 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-6300
Fax: (602) 372-6414

Hassayampa Justice Court
14264 West Tierra Buena Lane
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: (602) 372-2000
Fax: (602) 372-2620

Highland Justice Court
55 East Civic Center Drive
Suite 55
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone: (602) 372-8300
Fax: (602) 372-8301

Ironwood Justice Court
209 East Pima Street
Gila Bend, AZ 85337
Phone: (928) 683-2651
Fax: (928) 683-6412

Kyrene Justice Court
201 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: (602) 372-3400
Fax: (602) 372-3494

Manistee Justice Court
14264 West Tierra Buena Lane
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: (602) 372-2000
Fax: (602) 372-2620

Maryvale Justice Court
10420 West Van Buren Street
Avondale, AZ 85323
Phone: (602) 372-8002
Fax: (602) 372-8203

McDowell Mountain Justice Court
18380 North 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: (602) 372-7000
Fax: (602) 372-7910

Moon Valley Justice Court
18380 North 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: (602) 372-7000
Fax: (602) 372-7910

North Mesa Justice Court
1837 South Mesa Drive
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (480) 926-9731

North Valley Justice Court
14264 West Tierra Buena Lane
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: (602) 372-2000
Fax: (602) 372-2620

San Marcos Justice Court
201 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: (602) 372-3400
Fax: (602) 372-3468

San Tan Justice Court
201 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: (602) 372-3400
Fax: (602) 372-3441

South Mountain Justice Court
620 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-6300
Fax: (602) 372-6410

University Lakes Justice Court
201 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: (602) 372-3400
Fax: (602) 372-3414

West McDowell Justice Court
620 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-6300
Fax: (602) 372-6408

West Mesa Justice Court
2050 West University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480) 964-2958
Fax: (480) 969-1098

White Tank Justice Court
10420 West Van Buren Street
Avondale, AZ 85323
Phone: (602) 372-8003
Fax: (602) 372-8205

Avondale City Court
11325 West Civic Center Drive
Avondale, AZ 85323
Phone: (623) 333-5800
Fax: (623) 333-0580

Buckeye Municipal Court
21749 West Yuma Road
Suite 101
Buckeye, AZ 85326
Phone: (623) 349-6510
Fax: (623) 349-6151

Carefree-Cave Creek Consolidated Court
37622 North Cave Creek Road
Suite B
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Phone: (480) 488-1689
Fax: (480) 595-9610

Chandler Municipal Court
200 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: (480) 782-4700
Fax: (480) 782-4752

El Mirage City Court
14010 North El Mirage Road
El Mirage, AZ 85335
Phone: (623) 815-2186
Fax: (623) 815-3466

Fountain Hills Municipal Court
16705 East Avenue of the Fountains
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone: (480) 816-5103
Fax: (480) 837-8256

Gila Bend Municipal Court
209 East Pima Street
P.O. Box 648
Gila Bend, AZ 85337
Phone: (928) 683-2781

Gilbert Municipal Court
55 East Civic Center Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone: (480) 635-7800
Fax: (480) 635-7820 (Criminal)
Fax: (480) 635-7815 (Civil Traffic)

Glendale City Court
5711 West Glendale Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85301
Phone: (623) 930-2400
Fax: (623) 937-8860

Goodyear Municipal Court
14455 West Van Buren Street
Suite B-101
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Phone: (623) 882-7200
Fax: (623) 932-6936

Guadalupe Municipal Court
9241 South Avenida Del Yaqui
Guadalupe, AZ 85283
Phone: (480) 505-5378
Fax: (480) 505-5377

Mesa Municipal Court
250 East 1st Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (480) 644-2255
Fax: (480) 644-2927

Paradise Valley Municipal Court
6517 East Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Phone: (480) 404-7000
Fax: (480) 404-7025

Peoria Municipal Court
10100 North 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345
Phone: (623) 773-7400
Fax: (623) 773-7407

Phoenix Municipal Court
300 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 262-6421
Fax: (602) 534-3628

Surprise City Court
16081 North Civic Center Plaza
Suite 105
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: (623) 222-4800
Fax: (623) 222-4801

Tempe Municipal Court
140 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-8271 (Main)
Phone: (480) 350-8184 (Civil)
Fax: (480) 350-2790 (Civil)
Phone: (480) 350-8720 (Criminal)
Fax: (480) 350-2789 (Criminal)

Tolleson City Court
8350 West Van Buren Street
Tolleson, AZ 85353
Phone: (623) 474-4975
Fax: (623) 936-3925

Wickenburg Municipal Court
155 North Tegner Street
Suite B
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Phone: (928) 684-5451 ext. 1515
Fax: (928) 684-0749

Youngtown Municipal Court
12038 Clubhouse Square
Youngtown, AZ 85363
Phone: (623) 972-8226
Fax: (623) 933-4952

Are Tempe Court Records Public?

According to the Arizona Open Records Law, most Tempe court records are open records and are accessible to the public. These publicly accessible court records are obtainable at different custodian agencies at the state, county, and state levels. This, however, doesn't cover sealed or redacted court records. Accessing these restricted records might require providing proof of a legitimate interest in the confidential court record.

Can You Look Up Tempe Court Case Online?

The Tempe Municipal Court provides online access to non-confidential court records through an online search portal. The portal enables requesters to search for Tempe court records using the complaint name or case number. Furthermore, the Maricopa County Court also maintains an online search platform where requesters can locate court records within the county. The platform provides access to civil and criminal court cases. The Arizona Judicial Branch also maintains an online repository of court records in the city of Tempe and at the state level. Requesters can utilize the online repository to search for court records using a name-based search or case number search.

How to Obtain Tempe Civil Court Case Records

Tempe civil court records are available online through the various city, county, and state-maintained online platforms. For instance, the Tempe Municipal Court maintains an online repository for non-confidential Tempe civil court records. Alternatively, the Maricopa County Judicial System also provides an online platform where requesters can obtain civil court case records. Requesters can also obtain Tempe civil court records from the online search portal maintained by the Arizona Judicial Branch.

How to Obtain Tempe Criminal Court Case Records

Interested persons may obtain Tempe criminal court records via the Tempe Municipal Court's online platform. In addition to this, interested persons can also access Tempe criminal court records from the Maricopa Judicial System, which maintains an online database of court records. Furthermore, the Arizona Judicial Branch provides access to criminal court records for the city of Tempe via its online search platform.

What are Tempe Vital Records?

Tempe's vital records are government-backed documentation of life events recorded within the city of Tempe. These vital records include marriage records, birth records, death records, and divorce records. Vital records are maintained at the city, county, and state-level by government agencies. Due to the confidential nature of some vital records, the custodian agencies may choose to restrict access or redact some portion of these records to only eligible requesters.

Where and How to Obtain Tempe Divorce Records

The Maricopa Clerk of the Superior Court maintains and grants access to certified and non-certified copies of Tempe divorce decrees. Requesters may order copies of divorce records in person or via mail. To order divorce records online, visit the Arizona Supreme Court's e-Access searchable portal. To get divorce records via mail, send a written request detailing the record subjects, the date, and the county where the divorce occurred. Send the request alongside a money order payable to the Clerk of Courts, and proof of identification to the:

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

To order divorce records in person, visit the public record computer terminals situated at the:

Downtown Customer Service Center
601 West Jackson
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Non-certified divorce records cost $0.5 per copy, while certified divorce records cost $30 per copy.

Where and How to Obtain Tempe Marriage Records

Interested persons may obtain copies of Tempe marriage records from the Maricopa County Clerk of Supreme Court. To obtain marriage records, send a written request detailing the record bearers full legal names, the marriage license number, and the year the marriage took place, include a money order payable to the Clerk of Courts, and send to the:

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

Alternatively, requesters may also obtain marriage records by filling out the online request form. Certified copies of marriage records cost $30.50 per requested copy.

Where and How to Obtain Tempe Birth Records

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health provides access to certified non-certified copies of Tempe birth records. Requesters may get Tempe birth certificates in-person and via mail-in services. Birth records are confidential and closed to the general public. Only eligible persons may request copies of birth certificates. To obtain copies of birth certificates in person, interested persons should visit any of the following locations:

Central Valley
3221 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 506-6805

East Valley
331 East Coury Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (602) 506-6805

North Valley
2423 West Dunlap Avenue
Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 506-6805

West Valley
1850 North 95th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Phone: (602) 506-6805

Interested persons must provide a valid ID as proof of eligibility before accessing birth records. To get copies of birth certificates via mail-in services, fill out the application form, attach a copy of a signed photo ID and the specified fee in the form of a money order or check, and submit in a self-addressed envelope to the:

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

Certified copies of Tempe birth certificates cost $20, while non-certified documents are $5 per copy. Accepted forms of payments include - credit cards, debit cards, money orders, cash payments (only for in-person requests), and cashier checks.

Where and How to Obtain Tempe Death Records

Interested persons may order certified or non-certified copies of Tempe death records from the Maricopa County Vital Records Office. The Vital Records Office offers mail-in and in-person services when ordering copies of death certificates. To order copies of death certificates via mail, fill out the application form, attach a copy of a signed Photo ID, include the fixed fee in the form of a cashier's check or money order. Then, send in a self-addressed envelope to the:

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

Alternatively, requesters may order do/for death records in-person at any of these four locations:

Central Valley
3221 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 506-6805

East Valley
331 East Coury Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (602) 506-6805

North Valley
2423 West Dunlap Avenue
Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 506-6805

West Valley
1850 North 95th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Phone: (602) 506-6805