King County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The King County Sheriff’s Office recorded a total of 4,871 crimes in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics. This figure represents an 11.6% decline in crime rate between 2016 and 2017. Compared to 2013 figures, the five-year crime trend shows that overall crime rate fell by 24.3%.
In 2017, King County Sheriff’s Office recorded 8 murders, 42 rapes, 100 robberies, 947 assaults, 1,105 burglaries, 1,822 larcenies, 777 motor vehicle thefts, and 70 arsons. It handled more cases than other law enforcement departments in the county. Burien Police Department (PD) recorded 2,657 crimes in the same year while Carnation, Covington, and Kenmore PDs reported 41, 848, and 400 crimes respectively. The Police Departments of Maple Valley, Newcastle, Sammamish, SeaTac, Shoreline, and Woodinville handled 360, 267, 537, 1,862, 1,705, and 410 crimes respectively.
The Washington State Patrol WATCH program is the agency responsible for providing accident reports and background checks in King County. To find and obtain an accident report, use the State Patrol’s Collision Report Search. The fee for each accident report is $10.50.
Washington State law empowers Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to collect sex offender and kidnapper information and contribute these to a statewide registry. The sex offenders in this database includethose categorized in level II and level III as well as non-compliant level I offenders. To access this database, visit the Sex Offender Search page maintained by the King County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the public can conduct name searches to find individual sex offenders or kidnappers. Alternatively, the Zip Search function is useful for finding all offenders living in different parts of the county.
The Sheriff’s Office is also responsible for maintaining inmate records. It provides a handy Jail Inmate Lookup Service to help the public find individuals booked into any of county’s adult and juvenile detention facilities. Simply search by inmate’s last name. For more accurate search results, provide first name, gender, race, and date of birth. Users can also restrict their searches to persons booked or released in the last 24 hours.
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. To view these records, start by finding case numbers and dockets via the Records Access Portal. Use the information obtained to access case documents online via King County’s ECR Online portal. Note that requesters need to register with the website and pay to use this service. The County Clerk charges 25 cents per page to access court records. The ECR Online service only provides access to cases filed from November 1, 2004 to present. The database doesn’t include juvenile criminal cases and guardianship cases.
In addition to online access, the King County Superior Court Clerk also allows the public to access court documents and recordings for free at these three locations:
King County Courthouse (KCCH)
516 Third Avenue, Room E-609
Seattle, WA 98104
Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center (MJRC)
401 Fourth Avenue N, Room 2C
Kent, WA 98302
Youth Services Center (YSC)/Juvenile Court
1211 East Adler, Room 307
Seattle, WA 98122
All three offices open to the public from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Clerk’s Offices at KCCH and MJRC offer limited services between 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. while the one in YSC shuts down during this break.
To view and/or listen to court records in person at the Clerk’s Office, make sure to schedule an appointment a day in advance by sending an email to DJA.CopyCenter@kingcounty.gov or 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
Copy costs apply when obtaining court records in person. The Clerk’s Office charges $25 per CD to duplicate audio recordings. The Clerk also accepts requests for court records by mail. Download, complete, and send a request form to any of the Clerk’s three locations. Add “Attn: Correspondence Desk” in the mail address. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for mailed reply or your email address to request electronic delivery. The Clerk requires a $10 deposit to process mail requests and will communicate additional charges if needed.
The Vital Statistics Office issues birth and death certificates in King County. To obtain one of these records, visit the office at:
Harborview Medical Center
Ninth & Jefferson Building, 2nd Floor
908 Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
The Vital Statistics Office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. To expedite your in-person order, download, print, and bring an application form for a birth or death certificate. The fee for certified copy of a birth or death certificate is $20. Cash, check, money order, and electronic cards are accepted.
When ordering by mail, send the completed application form along with a check or money order for the applicable fee to the Vital Statistics Office address. Make the check or money order payable to Vital Statistics and add $4 per order for payment processing.