Anne Arundel County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Statistics

The Maryland Department of State Police Central Records Division manages and publishes crime data for the state. According to records published for 2017, the city recorded a total of 14,036 reported offenses. Larceny-theft accounted for the most property crimes with 9,388 offenses, while aggravated assault accounted for most violent crime incidents. Compared to 2016, the county recorded a 6% drop in total crimes. Larceny-theft slid by 6.4% while aggravated assault dropped by 9.0%. Conversely, reports of rape and robbery grew by 11.7% and 12.7% respectively.

Criminal Records

The Central Records Section of the Anne Arundel County Police processes requests for police reports, arrest records and other police data such as CAD notes and 911 audio. Members of the public can request records in person at the 8495 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD. 21108. The office opens between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. during the work week. Requests can also be obtained via mail by sending a completed request form that specifies the type of information requested, the applicant's name and the mailing address where the information should be sent. Residents of the county can obtain city-held public records by submitting a request form to the respective police department. In addition, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) provides background check services for individuals and agency. Residents can request individuals background checks for employment purposes.

How to Obtain Sex offender Information

The Maryland Department of Public Safety maintains a public registry that members of the public can use to search for registered offenders. It provides registrant information in map and list form. Residents can base their searches on county location, zip code, and address. Members of the public can also conduct searches to find registered offenders currently enrolled or employed at any institution of higher education within the state. In addition, a downloadable version of the sex offender registry is provided for residents.

Similarly, the Maryland DPSCS manages records of inmates held within the state. Members of the public can search for inmates or find the location of persons currently held in correctional inmate facilities managed using its online inmate locator tool.

Court Records

The Anne Arundel circuit court has general jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases, while the district courts oversee certain types of criminal and civil cases, including most violations and misdemeanors. Cases involving guardianship and probate matters are overseen by the circuit court or orphan's court.

How to Find Court Records

Residents can search through public case records using the online case search tool provided by the Maryland Judiciary. Searches can be filtered by case type, including civil, criminal traffic and civil citation. Requesters can also conduct searches by name, filing date or case number.

Residents of the county can also obtain more records and information about cases filed at the circuit court by contacting the clerk of court or visiting the courthouse at:

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court
Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse
8 Church Circle,
P.O. Box 71
Annapolis, MD 21404

The court opens from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The county also has two district courts at the following locations:

Anne Arundel County District Court (Annapolis)
Robert F. Sweeney District Court Building
251 Rowe Blvd
Annapolis, MD 21401

Anne Arundel County District Court (Glen Burnie)
George M. Taylor Multi-Service Center
7500 Gov. Ritchie Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Note: Juvenile files are not open to public inspection except when authorized by a judge Vital Records

Vital Records

Anne Arundel County provides access to vital records at the county and state level. Applicants may be required to present a valid government-issued photo I.D, such as a driver's license or passport.

How to Obtain Divorce Records

Records of an annulment or divorce decree can be obtained at the circuit court that granted the degree. Although the Maryland Department of Health provides verifications for annulments and divorces, it does not provide copies of the actual divorce decree. Divorce verifications are issued to only the spouse named on the record, legal representatives of either spouse or persons authorized by either spouse.

To obtain a divorce verification by mail, applicants must submit a completed application form stating the name of the spouses, date of divorce, place of divorce, and their relationship to individuals on record. Requests can also be made in person at the Division of Vital Records, 6764B Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.

How to Find Birth Records

Birth records can be obtained from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. The department manages records of births from 1942 till date. Birth records are only issued to eligible persons, namely the individual named on the record, immediate family members, court-appointed guardians, or legal representatives. To obtain a birth certificate, requesters must provide a duly completed application for birth record, a valid government ID and the applicable fee. The department charges $20.00. Accepted forms of payment include cash, debit card and checks made payable to the "Controller, Anne Arundel County".

Birth records can also be obtained from the State of Maryland, Division of Vital Records. Interested parties can obtain records in person at the Division of Vital Records in Baltimore located at 6764B Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. Records can also be obtained via mail by sending a completed application for birth record form to the:

Division of Vital Records,
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036

How to Find Death Certificates

The Maryland Division of Vital Records manages records of deaths in the state from 1969 till date. Records of deaths that occurred before this period can be obtained by contacting the Maryland State Archives. Access to death records is restricted to surviving relatives, funeral directors, or authorized representatives of the deceased. To obtain a death certificate, requesters will need to provide a completed application form, a valid government-issued ID, as well as the application fee. Mailed requests should be sent to:

Division of Vital Records,
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036

Note: Records of deaths that have occurred within the last 30 days can be obtained at the local health department where the death was filed.