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King County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What Are King County Arrest Records?

King arrest records are official records that contain information on the arrests of suspects in the county following their suspected involvement in criminal activities. King arrest records are not conclusive evidence of the involvement of arrestees in alleged crimes. They include personal information on the individual arrested and the circumstances that led to the arrests. King arrest records may contain the arrestee’s personal information like their full name, birth date, gender, and nationality/ethnicity. King County arrest records may also include the arrest place and date, the details of the alleged offense, the arresting officer’s name, and the office that issued the warrant of arrest. If the arrestee is in custody, King arrest records may show the custodial facility where the suspect is incarcerated.

Crime Statistics

According to the 2018 King County crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the county recorded 4,085 total crimes. Violent crimes accounted for 10% of the total, and there were 3,673 property crimes committed. The County's crime count decreased by less than one percent between 2017 and 2018. For each crime category, the King County Sheriff reported seven murders, 111 robberies, 294 aggravated assaults, 1,012 burglaries, 1,850 larceny-thefts, 811 motor vehicle thefts, and 59 arsons. The county's crime rate was 183.3 crimes per 100,000 residents, as of 2018. Both violent and property crime rates were estimated to be 18.4 and 164.8 crimes per 100,000 population, respectively. King County's violent and property crime rate numbers were slightly higher in 2017. The County Sheriff reported an estimated crime rate of 183.5 crimes. The violent crime rate was approximately 15.5 crimes per 100,000 population, and the property crime rate was approximately 168.0 crimes per 100,000 population.

What Are King County Criminal Records?

King County criminal records are public documents that provide data about the criminal history of individuals. They may include details such as the individuals' identification data such as name, birthday, social security number, sex, race, height, and weight. King criminal records also contain arrest data such as the arresting agency, the date of the arrest, and charges.

King County criminal records history may contain court activities with respect to individuals’ criminal records and custodial information on the subject of the criminal history. It may also show details of misdemeanor and felony offenses, indictments, and non-expunged criminal convictions. King County arrest records are made up of reports from various law enforcement agencies, like the sheriff’s department, the courts, and correctional facilities.

How Do I Get King County Criminal Records?

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) maintains information about the criminal history of individuals in the state via a central repository. Interested individuals can search for criminal information on the WSP central repository. Requestors can also request for conviction Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) by mailing a completed Request for Conviction Criminal History Form, along with applicable fees to:

Identification and Background Check Section
P.O. Box 42633
Olympia, WA 98504-2633

They can also request CHRI by submitting a full set of fingerprints in person at the Identification and Background Check Section of the Washington State Patrol. Requestors may pay requisite fees for obtaining criminal records. Individuals who need more information on how to request criminal records can call (360) 534-2000.

How to Find King County Sex Offender Information

Washington State law empowers Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to collect sex offender and kidnapper information and contribute these to a statewide registry. Offenders in this database include those categorized in level II and level III and non-compliant level I offenders. To access this database, an individual can browse the Sex Offender Search page. The King County Sherrif’s Office keeps and updates the Sex Offender Search page. Members of the public can conduct name searches to find individual sex offenders. Applicants can also use the Zip Search function on the search page to find all offenders living in King County.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in King County Jail?

There are two jails in King County. To visit inmates at the county jail, individuals can go to any of these locations:

King County Correctional Facility(KCCF)
Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC)
620 W. James St.
Kent, WA 98032
(206) 296-1234

Visitation at the King County jail can be conducted by video visits. Public video visits and inmate telephone calls are recorded and subject to monitoring. More information on the visitation schedule at any of the King County jail locations can be found online. The King County jail also provides a service by which Victims of crime can search for information regarding their offender's custody status by using their telephone or internet. Victims may register to receive telephone and email notification when their offender's custody status changes.

Where and How to Find King County Inmate Information

The Sheriff’s Office maintains King County’s inmate information. Requestors may utilize the Jail Inmate Lookup Service to find individuals booked into the King County Jail. They may have to search for inmates by their last name. However, for more accurate search results, the applicant can input the first name, gender, race, and date of birth of the inmate on the search page. Individuals can also restrict their searches to persons booked or released in the last 24 hours. The King County Sheriff Office updates the inmates’ repository.

What Are King County Court Records?

The King County Clerk maintains all records of the county’s Superior Court. These include non-confidential documents from civil, criminal, family law, juvenile, guardianship, and probate cases. Individuals can view these records by searching for the requisite case numbers and dockets via the Records Access Portal and utilizing the information obtained to access the case documents ECR Online Platform. Applicants may have to register online to use and pay for the service. The ECR Online service only provides access to cases filed from November 1, 2004, to the present, and the data it contains does not include juvenile criminal cases and guardianship cases.

Applicants may access King County court records from the King County Superior Court Clerk by contacting any of the locations below:

King County Courthouse (KCCH)
Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center (MJRC)
Fourth Avenue N
Kent, WA 98302

Youth Services Center (YSC)/Juvenile Court
East Adler
Seattle, WA 98122

Applicants can also view and listen to court records in person at the Clerk’s Office. However, they may have to schedule an appointment in advance by email, or by calling

  • King County Courthouse in Seattle: (206) 477-0832
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent: (206) 477-3012
  • Juvenile Court / Youth Service Center: (206) 477-6770

Location of All Courts in King County

The following is a list of courts in King County:

King County Mental Illness Court
Ninth and Jefferson Building, Harborview Medical Center
Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 744-7774

King County Superior Court
King County Courthouse
3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 296-9300

King County Superior Court
Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center
4th Avenue N
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (206) 296-9300

King County Superior Court - Juvenile
Youth Services Center
E Alder Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 477-6770

King County District Court East Division - Bellevue
Bellevue Courthouse
Avenue SE
Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (206) 205-9200
Fax: (425) 777-9157

King County District Court East Division - Issaquah
Issaquah Courthouse
Avenue SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: (206) 205-9200
Fax: (206) 296-0591

King County District Court East Division - Redmond
Redmond Courthouse
Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (206) 205-9200
Fax: (206) 296-0592

King County District Court South Division - Auburn
Auburn Courthouse
E Main Street
Suite 101
Auburn, WA 98002
Phone: (206) 205-9200
Fax: (206) 296-0525

King County District Court South Division - Burien
Burien Courthouse
SW 149th Street
Burien, WA 98166
Phone: (206) 205-9200
Fax: (206) 296-0124

King County District Court South Division - Kent
Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center
4th Avenue N
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (206) 205-9200
Fax: (206) 205-8840

King County District Court West Division - Seattle
King County Courthouse
3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 205-9200
Fax: (206) 296-0910

King County District Court West Division - Shoreline
Shoreline Courthouse
Meridian Avenue N
Shoreline, WA 98133
Phone: (206) 205-9200
Fax: (206) 296-0594

Black Diamond Municipal Court
Lawson Street
P.O.Box 599
Black Diamond, WA 98010
Phone: (360) 886-7784
Fax: (360) 886-5354

Bothell Municipal Court
NE 183rd Street
Bothell, WA 98011
Phone: (425) 487-5587
Fax: (( 425) 488-3052

Clyde Hill Municipal Court
Kirkland Justice Center
NE 118th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 587-3160
Fax: (425) 587-3161

Des Moines Municipal Court
11th Avenue S, Suite C
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: (206) 878-4597
Fax: (206) 870-4387

Enumclaw Municipal Court
Griffin Avenue
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Phone: (360) 825-7771
Fax: (360) 802-0107

Federal Way Municipal Court
8th Avenue S, Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253) 835-3000
Fax: (253) 835-3020

Hunts Point Municipal Court
Kirkland Justice Center
NE 118th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 587-3160
Fax: (425) 587-3161

Issaquah Municipal Court
E Sunset Way
P.O. Box 7005
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 837-3170
Fax: (425) 837-3178

Kent Municipal Court
Central Avenue S
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (253) 856-5730
Fax: (253) 856-6730

Kirkland Municipal Court
Kirkland Justice Center
NE 118th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 587-3160
Fax: (425) 587-3161

Lake Forest Park Municipal Court
Ballinger Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Phone: (206) 364-7711
Fax: (206) 364-7712

Maple Valley Municipal Court
Central Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (253) 856-5730
Fax: (253) 856-6730

Medina Municipal Court
Kirkland Justice Center
NE 118th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 587-3160
Fax: (425) 587-3161

Mercer Island Municipal Court
SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-7604
Fax: (206) 275-7980

Municipal Court of Pacific and Algona
3rd Avenue SE
Pacific, WA 98047
Phone: (253) 929-1140
Fax: (253) 929-1195

Newcastle Municipal Court
SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-7604
Fax: (206) 275-7980

Normandy Park Municipal Court
11th Avenue S
Suite C
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: (206) 878-4597
Fax: (206) 870-4387

North Bend Municipal Court
E Sunset Way
P.O. Box 7005
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 837-3170
Fax: (425) 837-3178

Renton Municipal Court
S Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
Phone: (425) 430-6550
Fax: (425) 430-6544

SeaTac Municipal Court
188th Street
SeaTac, WA 98188
Phone: (206) 973-4610
Fax: (206) 973-4629

Seattle Municipal Court
Seattle Justice Center
5th Avenue
P.O. Box 34987
Seattle, WA 98124
Phone: (206) 684-5600
Fax: (206) 233-0056

Snoqualmie Municipal Court
E Sunset Way
P.O. Box 7005
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 837-3170
Fax: (425) 837-3178

Tukwila Municipal Court
Southcenter Blvd
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: (206) 433-1840
Fax: (206) 433-7160

Yarrow Point Municipal Court
Kirkland Justice Center
NE 118th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 587-3160
Fax: (425) 587-3161

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What Are King County Vital Records

King County's vital records contain government documentation of events that occurred in residents’ lives within the county. The events recorded include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The public can access the vital records of King County. The King Office of Vital Statistics maintains and issues birth and death records that occur in the state while the King County Recorder maintains and issues marriage records. However, the Superior Court Clerk of King County maintains and issues divorce records for the county. Requestors of vital records are generally required to pay requisite fees for obtaining these records.

Where and How to Get King County Divorce Records

The Superior Court Clerk of King County is responsible for keeping and issuing divorce records for the county. Applicants can order for King County divorce records online. However, they can not order sealed records online. Thus, individuals who need information accessing sealed records can call (206) 477-0691. Requestors may have to create online accounts to request divorce records. Applicants requiring electronic copies of divorce records or additional information on accessing divorce records may call (206) 477-0691. Applicants may pay requisite fees for obtaining King County divorce records.

Where and How to Get King County Marriage Records

The King County Office of the Recorder keeps and issues marriage records for the county. However, applicants requiring marriage records prior to August 1991 can visit the King County Archives. Applicants can order for King County marriage records online. Requestors can request marriage records by submitting a completed request form by mail to:

King County Marriage Records
4th Avenue
Room 430
Seattle, WA 98104

Applicants may access marriage records in person by visiting any of the offices listed in the marriage request form. Applicants may have to show valid copies of their government-issued I.D. to obtain marriage records. They may also have to accompany their requests with cheques or money orders for the requisite marriage records fees.

Where and How to Get King County Birth Records

The King Office of Vital Statistics keeps a registry of birth records for King county. Interested individuals can obtain birth records by providing the following:

  • Complete name of the subject of the records
  • Birthdate of the person named in the records
  • Place of birth of the record’s subject.
  • Mother's full maiden name
  • Father's full name (if it appears on the record )
  • Requestor’s relationship to the record’s subject
  • Birth status (whether adopted or not)

Individuals can obtain King County birth records by mailing a duly filled request form to:

Vital Statistics
Mailbox 359784
Ninth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104-2499

Applicants can also obtain birth records by submitting a duly filled request form personally to:

King County Vital Statistics
Harborview Medical Center
Ninth & Jefferson Building
Jefferson Street
2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

King County birth records cost $20. Requestors may have to submit valid copies of their valid I.D. to obtain birth records. They can accompany their requests with cheques or money orders payable to Vital Statistics.

Where and How to Get King County Death Records

The King Office of Vital Statistics is responsible for maintaining and issuing birth records for the county. King County death records cost $20. To obtain the death records from the county, requestors may need to present the following information:

  • Complete name of deceased
  • Death date or ten year period to search
  • Place of death including the City

Requestors may need to present additional identifying information as if known. Information like:

  • Age of deceased
  • Marital status; spouse's name, if married at the time of death
  • Birthplace
  • Parents' names
  • Last known address
  • Name of the funeral home

Individuals can request King County death records by mailing a completed death certificate request form to:

Vital Statistics
Mailbox 359784
Ninth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104-2499

Applicants can also obtain death records by personally presenting a duly filled request form in person to:

King County Vital Statistics
Harborview Medical Center
Ninth & Jefferson Building
Jefferson Street
2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Requestors may be required to show valid copies of their valid I.D. to obtain death records. They may also be required to accompany their requests with cheques or money orders in the name of Vital Statistics.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in King County?

Property records in King County are open to the public. In compliance with the Washington Public Records Act (RCW 42.56), citizens have the right to observe government information and records. Interested members of the public can query the record-keeper to inspect or obtain copies of records.

Where and How to Find Property Records in King County

The King County Recorder maintains and issues copies of property records. A certified copy costs $3 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Requesting parties can also order an uncertified copy for $1 each. Walk-in services are available at the main office:

King County Administration Building
500 Fourth Avenue
Suite 430
Seattle, WA 98104

Requesters are required to come along with a completed copy request form as well as provide the recording number of the document upon request.

How to Look Up King County Property Records

Anyone can look up and order copies of a King County property record filed since August 1, 1991, by using the online search tool provided by the County Recorder. The enquirer may search for records by name, document type, recording number, recording date, book/page, consideration, and parcel ID. Documents prior to August 1, 1990, are available at the King County Archives. Interested parties may conduct a record search by name and date. Alternatively, residents can conduct searches using the King County Parcel Viewer, an online tool provided by the King County Department of Assessments, to search for property records filed since 1980 by parcel number.

Location of King County Property Assessors

500 Fourth Avenue
UNIT 708
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 296-7300
Fax: (206) 296-5107