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Jackson County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Jackson County Arrest Records?

Jackson county arrest records are records created following the Sheriff’s Department’s arrests or other local law enforcement agencies. These arrests happen when a person is under suspicion or can give relevant input to an investigation. Anyone can ask for and get arrest records in the county because they are public records. Jackson county arrest records fall under the purview of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. To access arrest records, interested persons may contact the Records Unit of the Sheriff’s Department by email or call (816) 541-8017.

Crime Statistics

According to reports provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Department of Public Safety, Jackson County recorded 9,018 violent crimes and 34,651 property crimes in 2018. These figures represent a 30.7% hike in violent crime rate and a 5% drop in property crime rate than figures for 2014. A breakdown of violent crimes shows 165 homicides, one negligent manslaughter, 537 rapes, 29 attempted rapes, 1,864 robberies, and 6,422 aggravated assaults in 2018. Property crime incidents include 5,440 burglaries, 22,721 larceny thefts, 6,241 motor vehicle thefts, and 249 arsons. Between 2014 and 2018, the negligent manslaughter rate in Jackson County halved while the attempted rape figure rose by 11.5%. The five-year crime trend also indicates rising homicide (75.5%), aggravated assault (47%), larceny-theft (0.4%), and motor vehicle theft (15.5%) rates. On the other hand, rape (0.6%), robbery (0.3%), burglary (33.5%), and arson (5.7%) rates fell.

What are Jackson County Criminal Records?

Jackson County Criminal records are files and papers that show the complete cumulative criminal history of Jackson County citizens. Criminal records are public records accessible at the Records Unit of Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Criminal Records and Identification Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

How Do I Get Jackson County Criminal Records?

The Records Unit of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department is responsible for maintaining all criminal records issued by the Sheriff's Office’s deputies and employees. Criminal records accessible to the public per the Missouri Sunshine Law are obtainable in person and by mail. Interested persons may request these by visiting or mailing this address:

Jackson County Sheriff's Office
4001 NE Lakewood Court
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Phone: (816) 524-4302

Requesters may also email or call the Records Clerk of the Records Unit at (816) 541-8017 ext. 72220. Each copy of the paper record includes a $2 fee for the first page and 25 cents for each additional page. The Records Unit also charges $12 per hour for documents that require significant time to locate.

Applicants may also search the Criminal Records and Identification Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol for statewide or focused criminal history searches.

How to Find Jackson County Sex Offender Information

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has a dedicated Sex Offender Registration Unit tasked with registering and tracking sex offenders living, working, and attending school. This Unit passes information gathered to the central Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Interested persons may use this tool to find registered sex offenders and predators by name and address. There is also an Interactive Map Search tool to help residents find sex offenders living in various neighborhoods by zip code and street address.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Jackson County Jail?

The Jackson County Detention Center has two forms of visitation - video visitation and on-site visitation. For video visits, visitors must schedule visits on the video visitation site. Visitors may not display nudity, use vulgar language, or bring in illegal drugs and weapons. Any visitor caught with contrabands faces a 90-day suspension for the first offense and permanent prohibition the second time. Video visits occur from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

All on-site visitors should dress appropriately; visitors below 17 years of age must visit with an adult to access the visiting area. All visitors must obey correctional officers and come along with valid government-issued ID. Visitors can not pass any items to inmates during visits. Visiting time is between 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays.

Where and How to Find Jackson County Inmate Information

Inmate information for Jackson County is available from the Missouri Department of Corrections. The agency also provides an online search tool to help the public locate individuals booked into correctional facilities all over the county. Interested persons may use the Inmate Search feature to search the jail population by name, race, and sex.

What are Jackson County Court Records?

Jackson County court records are a collection of county court hearing information. Jackson County court records are accessible at the Recorder of Deeds office. Jackson County is home to the 16th Circuit Court of Missouri State. This court hears civil, criminal, small claims, domestic, and probate cases. Case documents for this court are available online on the Missouri Case.net website. The web portal is functional from Monday to Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.

The Jackson County Municipal Court hears general county ordinance violations. This court regularly publishes its docket on the county website. Other legal documents and official county records are available on the Recorder of Deeds’ Web Access page. To order copies of documents found on Web Access, interested persons may visit or send a mail request to the office of the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds located at:

Harry Truman Courthouse
112 West Lexington Avenue
Suite 30
Independence, MO 64050-3708

Location of All Courts in Jackson County

Jackson County Circuit Court
Kansas City Courthouse
415 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-3000

Jackson County Circuit Court
Independence Courthouse Annex
308 West Kansas
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 881-4400

Jackson County Circuit Court
Albert Riederer Community Justice Complex
1315 Locust
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-4350

Jackson County Circuit Court
Family Justice Center
625 East 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 474-3606

Blue Springs Municipal Court
1100 SW Smith Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Phone: (816) 228-0175
Fax: (816) 228-0229

Buckner Municipal Court
315 South Hudson Street
Buckner, MO 64016
Phone: (816) 650-3191 ext. 4

Grain Valley Municipal Court
711 Main Street
Grain Valley, MO 64029
Phone: (816) 847-6240
Fax: (816) 847-6209

Grandview Municipal Court
1200 Main Street
Grandview, MO 64030
Phone: (816) 316-4837
Fax: (816) 316-4876

Greenwood Municipal Court
709 West Main Street
Greenwood, MO 64034
Phone: (816) 537-6969 ext. 103
Fax: (816) 537-7461

Independence Municipal Court
City Hall
111 East Maple Avenue
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 325-7230

Jackson County Municipal Court
308 West Kansas Suite 142
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 881-1697

Kansas City Municipal Court
511 East 11th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 513-2700
Fax: (816) 513-6782

Lake Lotawana Municipal Court
100 Lake Lotawana Drive
Lake Lotawana, MO 64086
Phone: (816) 578-2298
Fax: (816) 578-4035

Lake Tapawingo Municipal Division
Kansas City Courthouse
415 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-3000

Lee's Summit Municipal Division
10 NE Tudor Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Phone: (816) 969-1150
Fax: (816) 969-1155

Lone Jack Municipal Court
207 North Bynum Road
Lone Jack, MO 64070
Phone: (816) 697-2911 ext. 1
Fax: (816) 697-8841

Oak Grove Municipal Court
2100 South Broadway
Oak Grove, MO 64075
Phone: (816) 690-3773 ext. 1501
Fax: (816) 690-6823

Raytown Municipal Court
10000 East 59th Street
Raytown, MO 64133
Phone: (816) 737-6008
Fax: (816) 737-7000

Sugar Creek Municipal Division
1001 Heroes Way
Sugar Creek, MO 64054
Phone: (816) 521-7923 ext. 1286
Fax: (816) 461-3493

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What are Jackson County Vital Records?

Jackson County’s vital records are essential human records maintained by select state or county officials on behalf of county citizens. Some vital records are public records, while some remain confidential. The Bureau of Vital Records Office of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Jackson County Health Department is in charge of Jackson County birth and death records. While the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds keeps marriage records, and the Jackson County Clerk keeps divorce records.

Where and How to Get Jackson County Divorce Records

Jackson County’s divorce records fall under the purview of the Jackson County Clerk. To obtain a Jackson County divorce record, requesters must provide the divorcee’s names and the divorce date. Applicants may send an email, visit, or mail requests for divorce records to:

Jackson County Clerk
415 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-3242
Fax: (816) 881-3234

Where and How to Get Jackson County Marriage Records

Jackson County marriage records are obtainable from the Jackson Recorder of Deeds Office. The fee for a certified copy of a marriage certificate is $10, made payable to the Recorder of Deeds Department. Requesters may email applications or submit them in person or by mail to:

Truman Courthouse
112 W. Lexington Suite 30
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 881-4483

Marriage certificate requests must contain the couple’s name, the marriage license number, and the marriage date and year. An index containing all marriage information from 1826 is on the Recorder of Deeds’ official search page.

Where and How to Get Jackson County Birth Records

The Bureau of Vital Records of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issues certified copies of Jackson County births’ birth certificates. To obtain these records, interested persons may contact:

The Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-6400

Certificates for births after 1920 are also available at the Jackson County Health Department. Request in person by visiting the office at 313 S Liberty, Independence, MO. Birth certificates for individuals born in Kansas City are available from:

Vital Records
2400 Troost Suite 1200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 513-6309

Where and How to Get Jackson County Death Records

All Jackson County death records from 1910 to date are available at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services office. Requesters may mail death records requests by mail to the Bureau of Vital Records Office at:

The Bureau of Vital Records
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-6400

Certified copies of death records cost $13. Record seekers can also visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services office for in-person requests at the state level. All deceased family members, official representatives, and individuals with court orders may obtain death records.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Jackson County?

In compliance with the Missouri Sunshine Act, property records are open to the public in Jackson County. The state law infers that government-generated information is non-confidential and can be inspected by members of the public.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Jackson County

The Jackson County Recorder of Deeds maintains property records since 1826. The department provides access to records in paper, digital, and microfilm formats. Anyone seeking to inspect a property record should send a request via mail or visit the office at:

Jackson County Truman Courthouse
Recorder of Deeds Office
112 W. Lexington
Suite 30
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 881-4483

The Recorder of Deeds charges $2 for the first page requested and $1 for each additional page of the same document. Interested parties who wish to purchase a certified copy will pay an additional $1 fee.

How to Look Up Jackson County Property Records

The Jackson County Recorder of Deeds provides a searchable online tool that enables members of the public to access property documents. The database has records filed since 1960 and between 1826 and 1970. Enquirers may search the Real Estate Index on the website or Grantor/Grantee Index.

When using the Real Estate Index, the record seeker does not need to complete all the fields provided. A general search by providing a name or a specific search by inputting a Grantor/Grantee should suffice. If the search results are not satisfactory, the enquirer can then proceed to provide further information.

Location of Jackson County Property Assessors

Jackson County Assessor
415 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 881-3530