Pierce County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Pierce County recorded 2,528 violent crimes and 22,287 property crimes in 2015, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics. These figures represent a 4.5% increase in violent crimes and a 5.6% increase in property crimes over the last five years. A breakdown of 2015 violent crime data for the county shows that there were 15 murders, 241 rapes, 1,582 aggravated assaults, and 690 robberies. Incidences of property crimes include 4,259 burglaries, 15,157 larcenies, 2,871 vehicle thefts, and 114 arsons.

Compared with 2011 data, the five-year crime trend in Pierce County indicates that rape (17.6%), aggravated assault (4.6%), robbery (0.4%), and larceny (11.3%) rates increased. On the other hand, murder (6.3%), burglary (6%), vehicle theft (3.1%), and arson (10.9%) rates dipped.

Non-confidential police reports for Pierce County are available to the public upon request via South Sound 911. Available records include incident reports, accident reports, dispatch logs, and 911 recordings. Visit the Public Records Request page to submit an online request. Submit a request in person by visiting the Public Counter of South Sound 911 at 945 Tacoma Avenue S in Tacoma. It opens from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Mail requests are also accepted. Send these to:

Records Custodian
South Sound 911
955 Tacoma Ave. S., Ste 202
Tacoma, WA 98402

The agency charges 15 cents per printed page of records, 10 cents per scanned page, and 75 cents for each duplicated CD.

Criminal Records

The state’s sex offender law empowers the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to collect and contribute information about sex offenders and kidnappers in various counties and cities to a statewide database. To search for registered sex offenders living in Pierce County, visit the Sheriff’s Sheriff Alert page. Search the Sex Offender Registry by name, city, and zip code. The registry also contains information about non-compliant sex offenders.

The Corrections Bureau of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is in charge of maintaining inmate and jail records for the county. It supervises the county’s main jail located at 910 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA as well as the new jail at 701 Nollmeyer Lane, Tacoma, WA. To find an inmate in either locations, check the Jail Roster. The Sheriff’s Department updates this list of incarcerated individuals daily. It also includes inmates released in the last 48 hours.

Court Records

The Clerk of the Superior Court is the official responsible for maintaining the records of the Pierce County Superior Court. To view and obtain these records, visit the county’s Legal Information Network Exchange (LINX). Available records include documents for civil, criminal, domestic, probate/guardianship, and tax warrant cases. Note that the LINX portal only has court records filed after January 1, 2002. Use this form to request for records filed between January 1991 and December 2001.

To view and obtain copies of Pierce County Superior Court records filed prior to January 1991, contact the Superior Court Clerk’s Office at 253-798-7717. The Court Clerk charges 25 cents per page for non-certified copies of court documents purchased via LINX. For certified copy, there is a $5 fee for the first page and $1 per page for the rest of the document.

The Clerk also accepts mail requests. To receive copies of court records by mail, send a request to:

Pierce County Clerk
ATTN: Records & Copies
930 Tacoma Ave. S #110
Tacoma, WA 98402-2177

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and the required fee as a cashier’s check or money order. Alternatively, requesters can also come to the Clerk’s Office. The office is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. To request for an audio CD of a commissioner’s court hearing, complete a Transcript Request Form and mail or bring it to the Clerk’s Office.

Most of the case records generated in Pierce County Juvenile Court are not available to the public. For available records, contact the Clerk of the Juvenile Court at (253) 798-7973. To obtain the court’s administrative records, download and fill out a request form. Bring or mail it to

Pierce County Juvenile Court
Public Records Officer: Joni Martin
Administrative Records Only
5501 Sixth Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406

You can also email the request form to PCJUV_PRO@co.pierce.wa.us. Send it as a fax request to 253-798-7878.

District Court Records for Pierce County are available upon request by mail, email, and fax. Send your email request to PCDCRecords@piercecountywa.gov. Fax requests go to 253-798-6310. Mail case record requests to:

Pierce County District Court
930 Tacoma Ave S, Room 239
Tacoma, WA 98402

Direct requests for Administrative Court Records to:

Pierce County District Court
Public Records Officer
930 Tacoma Ave S, Room 239
Tacoma, WA 98402

The District Court charges nothing for up to three copies of records. When requesting for four or more copies, the Court charges 25 cents per page. Include an additional $5 fee for each certified document. The fee for an audio CD of a hearing is $10.

Public Records

The Office of Vital Records of the Tacoma-Pierce Department of Health is responsible for recording and issuing birth and death certificates as well as copies of marriage licenses in Pierce County. Visit one of these two locations to obtain a birth or death certificate:

Office of Vital Records
3629 S. D St.,
Tacoma, WA 98418-6813
Phone: (253) 798-6418
Fax: (253) 798-6560
Office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Pierce County Annex
2401 S. 35th St., Room 200
Tacoma, WA 98409

Office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. but closes for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

To order these records online, complete this form. For a mail request, download, complete, and send a Birth Certificate Application (also in Spanish) or a Death Certificate Application (Spanish) to:

Tacoma-Pierce County Health
Department of Vital Records
3629 S. D St. Tacoma, WA 98418-6813

The Department of Vital Records charges $20 for each copy of a birth or death certificate. Include an $8 search fee for records older than a decade. Online and mail requests attract an extra $10 service fee for mailing records to requesters’ addresses. There is also a $1 credit card processing fee per certificate.