Montgomery County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Montgomery County recorded 15 murders, 338 rapes, 698 robberies, and 783 aggravated assaults in 2016, the most recent year with complete set of crime statistics. There were also 1,961 burglaries, 12,776 larcenies, 872 motor vehicle thefts, and 63 arsons in the county that year. Compared to 2015 figures, the five-year crime trend in the county shows that there higher incidences of murder (7.1%) and rape (218.9% due to the expanded definition of rape). On the other hand, Montgomery recorded fewer cases of robbery (20.5%), aggravated assault (10.6%), burglary (27%), larceny (6.3%), motor vehicle theft (18.7%), and arson (73.2%) between 2016 and 2012.
The Montgomery County Police Department provides a number of police reports upon request. To obtain a copy of an accident report, visit local Police District Station in the municipality where the event happened. It takes 3 – 5 days after the event to ready accident reports. Therefore, make sure to call ahead to determine that the report you want is ready. Montgomery County charges $10 for each accident report.
Accident reports, and other types of police reports, are also available at the Information Management and Technology Division of the Police Headquarters located at 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg. Visit this office anytime from Monday to Friday and between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to obtain a collision, burglary, theft etc. report. Call the Headquarters ahead at 240-773-5330 to make sure the report is ready. Pay the $10 fee in cash, check, or money order.
Montgomery County Police Department also accepts mail requests for police records. Make sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope, a photocopy of a valid photo ID, and a check or money order for $10 made payable to Montgomery County Government, Maryland. Send the mail request to:
Montgomery County Police Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive
The Montgomery County Police Department has an OffenderWatch page to help residents find registered sex offenders living in the county and also receive notifications about their activities. Use the county’s Offender Search tool to search for registered and non-compliant sex offenders by name, zip code, street address, and city.
This tool queries a database provided by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. This government agency is responsible for maintaining a statewide registry of sex offenders. It makes this database publicly available on its website. Use the Maryland SOR Search to find registered sex offenders living, working, and schooling in Montgomery County and other parts of the state.
The Inmate Records Section of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation handles all inmate records. To find an individual booked into a Montgomery County jail, call the Inmate Records Section at 240-777-9730.
The Montgomery Circuit Court hears most of the civil and criminal cases held in the county. Records for this court, as well as those of the District Court, are available online. Visit the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Criteria portal to access them.
The Montgomery Circuit Court is also responsible for issuing certified copies of marriage licenses. Records dating back to 1993 are available in its database. To request for a certified copy of a marriage license, download and complete the Request for Marriage Record form.Bring or mail it to:
North Tower, Room 1300
50 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
The License Department opens to the public between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. It charges $5.50 for each certified copy requested and 50 cents for each plain/non-certified copy. It accepts cash (in-person requests), cashier’s check (made payable to Clerk of the Court), money order, MasterCard and Visa.
For copies of marriage licenses issued between January 1, 1990 and 1993, visit the website of the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration. To obtain certified copies of licenses issued prior to 1990, check Maryland Archives.
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services issues certified birth and death certificates for the county. Its birth records extends to 1940. Birth records for individuals born prior to 1940 are available from the Vital Records Division of the Maryland Department of Health.
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services accepts walk-in requests for vital records. To obtain a certified copy of a birth or death certificate, download and complete a Birth Certificate Application or a Death Certificate Application. Bring this, along with a valid government-issued ID, to:
Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue
The office accepts such requests from Monday to Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Requesters may also obtain death certificates by mailing their completed application forms to:
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0036
Montgomery County charges $25 for each birth certificate. The fee for the first copy of a death certificate is $15. Each additional copy attracts a charge of $20. Cash, check, credit card, and money order are accepted for payments.