Baltimore County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Official crime and arrest data for Baltimore County are available on the website of the county government and also found in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting System. The most recent statistics details crime trends in the county in 2018. Baltimore County recorded a total of 59,227 crimes that year including 26,169 Part I (the most serious) crimes and 33,058 Part II crimes. Compared to 2017 crime data, these figure represent an overall 4.5% reduction in crime. Part I crime rate fell by 7.9% while Part II ones recorded a more modest 1.5% drop.
The Baltimore County Police Department classifies homicide (as well as negligent manslaughter), rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and human trafficking as Part I violent crimes. Part I property crimes include burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. There were a total of 4,826 Part I violent crimes in county in 2018 down from 5,052 in 2017. Similarly, incidences of Part I property crimes totaled 21,343, an 8.6% drop from the figure reported for the previous year.
In 2018, there were 27 homicides, 346 rapes, 1,332 robberies, 3,118 aggravated assaults, and 3 incidences of human trafficking in Baltimore County. Property crime figures for the year include 2,605 burglaries, 16,776 thefts, 1,842 motor vehicle thefts, and 120 arsons. While human trafficking data were not available before 2015, the five-year crime trend for the county shows that murder (8%), rape (256.7% due to the expanded definition of rape), aggravated assault (30.5%), and motor vehicle theft (23.9%) rates increased. In the period between 2014 and 2018, Baltimore County recorded fewer cases of robbery (11.9%), burglary (25%), theft (3.3%), and arson (30.6%).
Data from the 2018 Index of Crime Arrests for Baltimore County show that homicide accounted for 21 arrests while rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and human trafficking accounted for 75, 756, 1,433, and 5 arrests respectively. Juveniles made up 24% of violent crime arrestees while adults accounted for the rest. Baltimore County Police Department also made 503 burglary, 2,307 theft, 446 motor vehicle, and 31 arson arrests in 2018. Arrested individuals in 71.7% of these property crimes were adults.
The Baltimore County Police Department provides copies of crime and accident reports upon requests. Note that, in accordance with Maryland law, reports for events involving juveniles are not available to the public. To obtain a police report, download, complete, and send a Police Report Request Form to:
Baltimore County Police Department
Information and Records Management Unit, Records Requests
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286-5501
Include a business-sized, stamped self-addressed envelope and a check or money of $15 made payable to Baltimore County, Maryland. The Police Department charges $15 for each report. However, incident reports are available for free for victims of the crimes involved.
Maryland maintains a central sex offender registry (SOR) for all of its counties. This statewide database includes information about compliant and non-compliant offenders as well as incarcerated, absconded, and out-of-state ones. It is publicly available on the website of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Visit the Maryland SOR Search page to find individual sex offenders by name.
Use the County Search feature to pull a list of all sex offenders living in Baltimore County. Alternatively, search with a zip code or street address to find those residing in any neighborhood in the county. There is also a provision to find registered sex offenders working and schooling in various institutions of higher learning in the state.
Inmate and jail records for Baltimore County are available from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. This agency provides a handy inmate locator tool online for finding individuals booked into correctional facilities all over the state. Use it to ascertain the location of an inmate simply by providing his/her first and last names.
The Circuit Court hears civil, criminal, juvenile, and family law cases in Baltimore County. Its records are available online on the website of the Maryland Judicial Case Search Criteria. The public can request transcripts of court hearings and audio recordings on CDs. To obtain these court records, fill the form on the Circuit Court Request webpage.
The court charges $25 for each CD of hearings and an additional $5 mailing fee to send it by post. The delivery fee for typed transcripts is $3 per page while copy charges are 50 cents per page for the first copy and 25 cents per page for additional copies. A minimum order amount of $30 is required. There is an additional charge of $4 per page for overnight or next-day delivery.
The Clerk of the Court is the official tasked with providing copies of marriage and divorce records in Baltimore County. To apply for a marriage license or obtain copies of a marriage certificate, come to the Clerk’s office located at:
County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
The office opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Clerk charges $35 for each marriage license and only accepts cash payment for this service. The fee for a copy of a marriage certificate is $5.50 and can be paid by cash, check credit card, or money order. The Clerk also accepts mail requests for copies of marriage certificates. Send a mail request to the Clerk’s office address above and include a money order for the required fee. Certificates for marriages that took place prior to January 1, 1990 are available from the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration.
Copies of divorce decrees and annulments are also available in person and by mail from the Clerk of the Court. The Clerk charges 50 cents per page for these records. Include an additional $5 per record for a certified copy.
The Vital Statistics Administration of the Maryland Department of Health issues birth and death certificates for all the counties in the state. To order any of these records in person, visit the Division of Vital Records at 6764B Reisterstown Road, Baltimore. Bring along a valid government-issued photo ID and pay the required fee in cash, check or money order made payable to the Division of Vital Records.
To order by phone, call (410) 764-3038. The Division of Vital Records also accepts mail requests. Start by downloading an application for a copy of Birth Certificate or Death Certificate. These are also available in Spanish (Birth and Death). Complete this form and mail it to:
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope, photocopy of a valid ID, and the required fee as a check or money made payable to the Division of Vital Records. The fee for each copy of a birth or death certificate is $10. Phone requests cost an extra $11.75 while there is a mailing fee of $18.50 for expedited delivery.