St. Louis County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
There were 3,525 violent crimes and 22,422 property crimes in St. Louis County in 2018, the most recent year with a complete set of records. Out of these, Part I (the most serious) violent crime figures include 88 homicides, 283 rapes, 781 robberies, and 2,366 aggravated assaults. Part I property crime incidences include 3,136 burglaries, 16,633 larceny thefts, 2,555 motor vehicle thefts, and 88 arsons.
Compared with 2014 crime data for St. Louis County, the five-year crime trend indicates that there were higher incidences of homicide (158.8%), rape (1.4%), aggravated assault (21.3%), and motor vehicle theft (82.6%). On the other hand, the county recorded fewer cases of robbery (2.5%), burglary (32.9%), larceny theft (2%), and arson (35.8%) in the five-year period.
The Bureau of Central Police Records maintains the records of the St. Louis County Police Department and issues police reports and traffic accident reports for the county upon request. To obtain one of these reports, visit the Bureau of Central Police Records at Room B-013 of the Police Headquarters Building located at 7900 Forsyth, Clayton, Missouri.
Alternatively, download and send a notarized application to the address and include a check made payable to Treasurer – St. Louis County. Cash is accepted for in-person requests. The fee for each report is $6.50.
The St. Louis County Police Department also performs criminal history checks and provides reports to interested individuals. Make a request in person at the Police Headquarters or by mail by sending a completed St. Louis County Notarized Statement for Record Check. Include a photocopy of a government-issued photo ID and a check or money order for applicable fees made out to The Treasurer of St. Louis County. The fee for a County record check is $4.50. The same fees applies for checking criminal records for St. Louis City. Therefore, the total cost for county and city record check is $9.
Sex offenders living, working, and attending school in St. Louis County have to register with the Sex Offender Registry Unit of the Police Department. The Unit forwards information gathered to a central database maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. In accordance with Missouri law, the Highway Patrol makes this database available to the public on its website. Visit the Missouri Sex Offender Registry to find registered offenders living in St. Louis County.
Use the Offender Search tool on the page to find individual offenders and predators by name, zip code, and county. To see all offenders living around specific locations in the county, input a zip code or street address in the Interactive Map Search tool on the page.
The St. Louis County Department of Justice Services is responsible for running the county jail and maintains all of its records. While inmate records are not available online, it is possible to find more information about jail facilities and inmate location by calling the Department of Justice Services at (314) 516-5345. Requesters can also visit the agency at Buzz Westfall Justice Center, 100 South Central Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105.
The St. Louis County Circuit Court makes up the 21st Judicial Circuit of Missouri. Its records including files for civil, criminal, family, and probate cases are available on Missouri Case.net, a portal for all of the state courts. Visit this online resource to search for case numbers, litigant names, scheduled hearings, and judgments.
To obtain certified or authenticated copies of case records, submit a request to the Certified Copy Department of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Include information such as case number, names of parties involved, type and title of document, and filing date and/or judgement date. Bring or send this request to:
105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
The fee for copies of court record is 30 cents per page. There is an additional $1.50 charge for certification and a $3.50 fee for authentication.
The Circuit Clerk also provides copies of divorce decrees upon request. Mail a request to, or visit the Circuit Clerk’s Office at, the above address. The office opens to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Requesters can also request copies of divorce decrees by calling the Circuit Clerk’s Office at (314) 615-8015. The Clerk charges 30 cents per page as copy fee and $1.50 per record for certification.
The St. Louis County Office of Vital Records issues certified copies of birth and death certificates for events that happened in the state of Missouri. Its birth records date back to 1920 while it provides certificates for deaths that occurred between 1980 and the present. To obtain a birth or death record, visit or send a mail request to:
Saint Louis County Vital Records
6121 North Hanley Road
Berkeley, MO 63134
The office accepts requests from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can either send a written request by mail or a completed application form. Both options take two weeks for processing and should include a stamped self-addressed envelope. Include a check for record fees payable to Vital Records.
The St. Louis County Office of Vital Records charges $15 for a certified copy of a birth record and $13 for the first certified copy of a death record. Each additional certified copy of the same death certificate ordered at the same time attracts a reduced charge of $10.
The Recorder of Deeds is responsible for issuingcopies of marriage licenses in St. Louis County. The Recorder’s Office has marriage license records from 1877 to the present. Request for one in person by visiting this office located at 41 South Central Avenue, Clayton, MO. To place an online request, visit the county’s Official Records webpage. To request for a copy of a marriage license by mail, download and complete a Copy Order Form and send it, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and check for fees, to:
Recorder of Deeds
Attn: Marriage License
41 S. Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
The Recorder of Deeds charges $2 for each photocopy or plain copy of a marriage license. The fee for a certified copy is $9. Note that online requests also require a $10 service fee and mail requests should include postage fee.