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Montgomery County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Montgomery County Arrest Records?

Montgomery County arrest records are law enforcement-generated documents that give details about individuals’ arrest for suspected offenses. These documents often contain the arrestee’s information, including names, mugshots, and physical descriptors. They also include information on the arresting officer and details of the time, location, and circumstances surrounding the arrest. In Montgomery County, the Department of Police compiles records of arrests and makes them available on the Daily Arrests Register.

How Do I Get Montgomery County Police Reports?

Interested individuals can obtain Montgomery County police reports by visiting the Police Department in person or mailing a request to the following address:

Public Safety Headquarters
Records Division
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Requesters must complete and sign a request for a collision or an incident report, attach a copy of a valid government-issued ID, and pay $10 per report. The report will be ready in 3-5 working days, and the requester must call the Police Department (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m) to confirm readiness. If mailing a request, applicants must include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check or money order payable to “Montgomery County Government, Maryland.”

Crime Statistics

The Maryland Department of State Police collates crime reports from law enforcement agencies around the county and puts them in its annual uniform crime report. In a 2018 version, the number of crimes reported in Montgomery County had dropped 6.4% from the previous year. Murder reduced by 23%, while the number of reported robberies went down by 21%. Although larceny made up the bulk of reported crimes, there were 10.5% fewer cases than the previous year. Altogether, there were 19,344 crimes reported in Montgomery County in 2018, compared to 20,672 in 2017.

What are Montgomery County Criminal Records?

Montgomery County criminal records are documents that tell the story of a convicted criminal’s history within the county. Law enforcement agencies create these records and collect input from the district or circuit courts, and correctional facilities. Criminal records usually include arrest records, a list of charges, prosecution and sentencing information, and incarceration information. In Montgomery County, criminal records are available at the Circuit Court. Statewide, individuals and employers can obtain criminal records from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (MDPSCS).

How Do I Get Montgomery County Criminal Records?

Individuals and employers in Montgomery County can obtain Criminal Background Checks from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Individuals requesting their criminal records may visit any authorized location that provides fingerprinting services. At the same time, employers may complete the Private Party Petition packet and submit it by email to request criminal information on potential employees.

How to Find Montgomery County Sex Offender Information?

Interested individuals can find Montgomery County sex offender information on the Sex Offender Registry (SOR), maintained by the Montgomery Police Department’s Special Victims Investigations Division, Child Exploitation Section. Users of the site can search for all sex offenders registered in Montgomery County and find their names, images, and home addresses. Users can also sign up for email updates and receive notifications when a new sex offender moves into the neighborhood.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Montgomery County Jail?

The Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation allows inmates to receive two one-hour visits every week. Visitors must contact the jail to schedule appointments. To secure entry, visitors must present a valid form of identification and submit to a search. Children are allowed to visit inmates if accompanied by parents or guardians. Visitors must dress appropriately in clothes that cover sensitive body parts but no identifying features like the face. Although visits typically last an hour, staff reserve the right to terminate visits before the hour is over.

Where and How to Find Montgomery County Inmate Information?

The Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation maintains a register of incarcerated inmates but does not make it available online. Individuals interested in obtaining Montgomery County Inmate information may contact the Inmate Records Section.

Montgomery County Detention Center
ATTN: Inmate Records
1307 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD 20854
Phone: (240) 777-9730

Statewide, interested individuals can find information on inmates incarcerated in various Maryland correctional facilities by searching the Online Inmate Locator, provided by the MDPSCS.

What are Montgomery County Court Records?

Montgomery County court records are official documents that detail a court proceeding from initial filing to final judgment. These records typically contain affidavits, evidence, transcripts or recordings of hearings, appearances, or motions’ arguments. In Montgomery County, the Circuit Court Clerk manages all court records and makes them available on its Online Court Records System.

Location of All Courts in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Circuit Court
Circuit Court Building
50 Maryland Avenue,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (240) 777-9400

Montgomery County Circuit Court - Juvenile Department
Circuit Court Building
50 Maryland Avenue,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (240) 777-9530

Montgomery County District Court - Rockville
District Court Building
191 E Jefferson Street,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 563-8800

Montgomery County District Court - Silver Spring
L. Leonard Ruben District Court Building
8552 2nd Avenue,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 563-8500

Montgomery County Orphans' Court
Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (240) 777-9600
Fax: (240) 777-9602

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What are Montgomery County Vital Records?

In Montgomery County, vital records are documents created to mark significant life events among the populace. These life events include births, deaths, marriages, and marital dissolutions. According to state laws, vital records are not in the public domain and are only accessible by eligible requesters like:

  • The person named on the record
  • Immediate family members of the person named on the record
  • Legal representatives of the person named on the record
  • Individuals possessing court orders

In Montgomery County, birth and death records are available from the Department of Health and Human Services. Interested individuals can obtain marriage and divorce records from the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Statewide, requesters can obtain vital records from the Maryland Vital Records Administration.

Where and How to Get Montgomery County Divorce Records?

Eligible requesters can obtain Montgomery County divorce records from the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. The Circuit Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Requesters can call the office or visit in person for application instructions and fees.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk
50 Maryland Avenue,
Rockville, MD 20850

Also, eligible individuals can obtain divorce records from the Maryland Vital Records Administration online or by mailing a completed divorce verification application form, proof of eligibility, and a money order for $12 to the address below:

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

Where and How to Get Montgomery County Marriage Records?

The Montgomery County Circuit Court provides copies of marriage licenses from 1993 to date. Eligible requesters can obtain copies by completing a request for a copy of a Montgomery County marriage license submitting it to the License Department in person or by mail. Certified copies cost $5.50, while non-certified copies cost 50 cents.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk
50 Maryland Avenue,
Rockville, MD 20850

Individuals interested in obtaining copies of marriage licenses on or after January 1, 1990, can get them from the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration. Certified copies cost $12 per record.

Where and How to Get Montgomery County Birth Records?

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services provides certified birth certificates after 1939 to the following individuals:

  • The person named on the birth certificate
  • A parent named on the certificate
  • Legal guardians of the persons named on the certificate
  • The surviving spouse of the person on the certificate
  • A legal representative of the person or parent named on the certificate

The fee for birth certificates is $25, payable by cash, credit card check, or money order. Requesters can apply for birth certificates by visiting the DHHS’ office, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Suite #27
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Phone: (240) 773-1207

Individuals seeking birth certificates before 1940 can get them from the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration. Certified copies cost $10 per record.

Where and How to Get Montgomery County Death Records?

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services provides certified death certificates after January 1, 2015. Eligible requesters can apply for death certificates by completing this application and bringing it to the DHHS’ office, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m.

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Suite #27
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Phone: (240) 773-1207

Applicants must bring along a valid government-issued identification. The fee for death certificates is $18 for the first copy and $20 per additional copy, payable by cash, credit card check, or money order.