Spokane County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs provide crime statistics for all of the counties in the state since 1990. Its records show that 18,952 Part I crimes were committed in Spokane County in 2016, the last year with a complete set of crime data. This figure represents a 14% dip in crime rate compared to the previous year and a 34.9% drop compared to the crime total for 2012.
A breakdown of the 2017 crime statistics for Spokane County shows that there were 9 murders, 166 rapes, 704 assaults, and 301 robberies. Incidences of property crimes include 88 arsons, 2,997 burglaries, 12,719 larcenies, and 1,968 motor vehicle thefts. The five-year crime trend shows that rape was the only crime that increased in the period between 2012 and 2016. Its 26.7% rise is mostly due to the expanded definition of the crime in theintervening years.
Murder, assault, and robbery rates declined by 47.1%, 23.6%, and 53.9% respectively. There were 12% fewer arsons in 2016 compared to 2012 while burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft rates went down by 49.7%, 31.2%, and 31.1% respectively.
The Washington State Patrol provides criminal history checks for all counties in the state. Members of the public can request this service in person, by mail, and online. Use the Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) portal to run criminal background checks. This website requires users to register and log in before conducting searches. The fee for each name search is $12 while each notary request made through this portal attracts a charge of $10. Fees are payable with credit/debit cards.
To request a criminal history report by mail, download and complete the Request for Conviction Criminal History Form. Send this, along with a check or money order covering application fees, to:
Washington State Patrol
Identification and Background Check Section
PO Box 42633
Olympia, WA 98504-2633
There is a $16 fee for each criminal history report obtained based on name and date of birth searches. Those requesting fingerprint-based criminal history searches should include fingerprint cards with full sets of fingerprints already rolled onto them. The fee for this service is $38. There is an additional $10 fee to include a notarized letter with the criminal history report generated.
The same fees apply to in-person requests for criminal history records. Visit the Washington State Patrol office at 106 11th Avenue SW, Suite 1300, Olympia WA to fill a request form. Bring a fingerprint card with a full set of prints to request for a fingerprint-based search and report. Fees are payable in cash, check, or credit/debit card.
Incident reports from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Police Department are available from the same Records Division. You can request for an incident/case report online by following the links on the Records Request page. Alternatively, send a written request by mail to:
Attn: Spokane Records
Police Records Unit
1100 W. Mallon Ave.
Spokane, WA 99260
These law enforcement agencies do not provide traffic collision reports. To obtain one of these, visit the Washington State Patrol Requests for Electronic Collision Reports portal and search for the report. After finding it, you can buy the report for $10.50. Alternatively, you can request for a collision report by mail. Complete a Request for Copy of Collision Form and send it, along with a check or money order for the $10.50 fee payable to Washington State Patrol, to:
Washington State Patrol
Collision Records Section
P.O. Box 42628
Olympia, WA 98504-2628
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office provides a handy online resource to help residents search for registered sex offenders living in the county. Visit the Sheriff’s Offender Search webpage to find sex offenders living around your neighborhood. Use the resource to search the state’s sex offender registry by name, city, street address, and zip code. Residents of Spokane County can also find information about non-compliant offenders using this tool.
The Spokane County Detention Services is the department that operates the county jail. This correctional facility is located on the County Campus and north of the Public Safety Building. Its address is 1100 W. Mallon Avenue, Spokane while its phone number is 509-477-2278.
Search the regularly updated Jail Roster published by Detention Services to find individuals currently in the county jail. To deposit funds in an inmate’s account, come to the cashier’s window at the county jail between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. The cashier’s window briefly closes between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Alternatively, use the kiosk in the jail lobby. Both locations accepts cash deposits. The Spokane County Jail also accepts money orders sent via US Mail and Western Union as well as cashier’s checks sent by mail.
Spokane County is home to two Superior Courts, two District Courts, and four Municipal Courts. Below are the addresses and contact information of these courts.
Spokane County Superior Court
Spokane County Courthouse
1116 W Broadway Avenue, Room 300, Spokane, WA 99260
Spokane County Superior Court - Juvenile
902 N Adams Street, Spokane, WA 99260
Spokane County District Court
Public Safety Building
1100 W Mallon Avenue, PO Box 2352, Spokane, WA 99210
Spokane County District Court also handles municipal court functions for Deer Park, Fairfield, Latah, Liberty Lake, Millwood, Rockford, Spangle, and Spokane Valley.
Spokane County District Court - Civil/Small Claims
Broadway Center Building
721 N Jefferson Street, Spokane, WA 99260
Phone: 509-477-4770 ext. 8
Civil limited, small claims, anti-harassment, and mental health therapeutic cases are heard at the Broadway Center Building.
Airway Heights Municipal Court
Physical: 13120 W 13th Avenue, Airway Heights, WA 99001
Mailing: 1208 S Lundstrom Street, Airway Heights, WA 99001
Cheney Municipal Court
611 2nd Street, Cheney, WA 99004
Medical Lake Municipal Court
611 2nd Street, Cheney, WA 99004
Spokane Municipal Court
Public Safety Building
1100 W Mallon Avenue, Spokane, WA 99260
The County Clerk maintains the records of the Superior Courts. Obtain copies of these court records by visiting or sending a mail request to:
Spokane County Clerk’s Office
1116 West Broadway Ave
Spokane, WA 99201-0090
When sending a mail request, make sure to include a stamped self-addressed envelope, sufficient postage, and copy fees. The fee for non-certified copies of court records is 25 cents per page. Records on microfilm cost 50 cents per page to copy. For certified copies, requesters have to pay $5 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. For further information, call the Clerk’s Office at 509-477-2211 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during weekdays.
Case information for Spokane County District and Superior Courts are available online on the county’s Court Viewer website. Start your search by choosing between the two courts and picking from the various search options presented. Records for the Municipal Courts in Spokane County are available online on the Justice Web portal. Follow the instructions and links on the page to search for court records by name, court date, and case number.
The Clerk of the Superior Court is the official responsible for maintaining divorce records in Spokane County. Visit the Clerk’s Office in Room 330 of 1116 West Broadway Avenue, Spokane. Call the office at 509-477-2211 to ask about steps required to obtain your divorce record.
The Spokane County Auditor issues marriage licenses and certified copies of marriage certificates for the county. To obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate, mail a written request including the names of each party and the date of the marriage to the Auditor’s Office at 1116 West Broadway Avenue, Spokane WA 99260. Include a check for applicable fees ($3 per certified copy) payable to Spokane County Auditor. For additional information, call the Auditor’s Office at 509-477-2217.
The Vital Records office of the Spokane Regional Health District issues birth and death certificates for the county. Its records cover Washington State births from 1907 to the present and Spokane County deaths from 1907 to the present. Download and complete the Application for Certified Copy of Birth/Death Certificates. Bring or mail this to:
Spokane Regional Health District – Vital Records
1101 W. College Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201
The office opens between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. It accepts cash, money orders, and debit/credit cards for in-person requests. Include a cashier’s check or money order covering copy fee with your mail request. Make this payable to SRHD or Spokane Regional Health District. The fee for each certified copy of a birth or death certificate is $20. Vital Records will retain an $8 search fee out of this amount if requested record is unavailable.