Carter County Background Information
The state of Missouri boasts 115 counties, including Carter County. At this moment in time, Van Buren is the current seat in Carter County. In 2020, the human population in Carter County was 5,202.
It was organized in 1859.
It was named after Zimri A. Carter, a pioneer settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812.
Carter County Arrest Records
The authorities in Carter County keep records on every last crime within the county borders. Crimes are put into two main categories in Carter County. These two sections are property crime and violent crime. Property crimes can include things such as burglary, automobile theft, and larceny. Robbery, aggravated assault, murder, and forcible rape make up the four main violent crime categories. There were 33 violent and 47 property crimes in Carter County in 2021.
Carter County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff: Dustin Boyer
P.O. Box 817
1977 Cabin Drive Suite 208
Van Buren, MO 63965
M-F 8am - 4pm
Phone: (573) 323-4510
Fax: (573) 323-4182
Carter County Criminal Records
Jail and inmate records are included in the consistently updated Carter County criminal records. Occupants of Carter County can use this to search for any nearby person in jail or on release. Every last sex offender in the Carter County area can be found on the up to date register. This includes any offender living, working, incarcerated, or attending school within the jurisdiction of Carter County. This register is kept in the public domain in Carter County.
As a result of this, every resident in Carter County has the ability to search for nearby sex offenders if they please. These searches also include any incarcerated or non-compliant offenders across Carter County.
Carter County Court Records
The county courthouse is in charge of the maintenance when it comes to any court records. In order to obtain a record, a person in Carter County must visit at:
Carter County Courthouse
105 Main St, Van Buren, MO 63965
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CST
Phone: (573) 323-4513
In Missouri, the Court of Appeals oversees any lower court case in which one party contests a decision made. Lower courts may refer to the 115 superior or trial courts across the 105 state counties, including Carter County.
NOTE - In Carter County, court records are sent one of three ways. Court records can be sent by means of fax, email, or mail. On the contrary, all official Carter County records can only be sent by means of mail.
Carter County Public Records
Vital records are kept on each individual Carter County resident. In fact, Carter County, along with the other Missouri counties, is in charge of collecting some of these documents and forwarding them to the state government. These records include, but are not limited to, birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, marriage licenses, death certificates, divorce certificates, and much more.
The county clerk currently collects all marriage records. The clerks send the records directly to the Office of Vital Statistics. In the past, the Carter County office has also been in charge of collecting birth and death records. Every record from every last county is stored at one central registry. The records can then be used for statistical analysis.
The Missouri Public Records Law in 1961 allowed all occupants of Carter County to access and copy public records. The law gives each and every inhabitant of the state the fundamental right to access all public records, whether they are held by the local or state government. 2006 was the last amendment to this law. Public records can be accessed at:
Carter County Clerk: Leona Stephens
105 Main Street
Van Buren, MO 63965
Phone: (573) 323-4527
On the flip side, each individual record comes at a cost, as it takes both time to source the records and resources to print them. In Carter County, a person has to pay $15 for the first copy of their desired birth record. Death record first copies will set a person back $13 in Carter County. Any extra copy order simultaneously will then set the person back an extra $10 each.
NOTE - In Carter County, records are only given to those who follow the rules. The opening hours for the Carter County office is 8:00 a.m.-AND 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. CST on Monday to Friday. In Carter County, a person must bring a photo ID to be granted access to records. Acceptable photo IDs include a state ID and a driver's license. Requests must be put in writing in Carter County.