Shelby County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office recorded 4 murders, 26 rapes, 75 robberies, and 484 aggravated assaults in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime data. Incidences of property crime include 595 burglaries, 1,891 larceny thefts, 238 motor vehicle thefts, and 20 arsons. Compared to 2013 figures, the five-year crime trend for the county shows that murder (33.3%), aggravated assault (25.1%), motor vehicle theft (54.5%), and arson (42.9%) rates increased. While rape figures remain the same for both years, robbery (1.3%), burglary (33.5%), and larceny theft (5%) rates declined.

There were a total of 1,595 arrests in Shelby County in 2017 including 1,372 adult arrests and 223 juvenile arrests. These figures represent a 38.6% dip in overall arrest rate between 2017 and 2013. While adult arrest rate declined by 30.9%, juvenile arrest rate climbed by 63.5% in the same period.

Criminal Records

The Memphis Police Department is the law enforcement agency that provides police reports for Shelby County. In addition to accident and incident reports, members of the public can also request crime logs and crime statistic information. Visit or send a request by mail to:

Central Records
170 North Main Street
7th Floor, Suite 7 – 11
Memphis, TN 38103

The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Memphis Police Department charges Tennessee residents 15 cents per page for a report. Non-residents pay $15 per report. The fee for a photo attached to a report is $1.50. Each photo CD costs $10 while the cost of a communication dispatch tape is $10 per incident/accident. The Department charges $15 to fax or email records. Accepted payment methods include cash, cashier’s check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover card. For more information about obtaining these records, call 901-636-3650.

State law empowers the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to register sex offenders living in all counties and make this information available to the public. Use the TBI Sex Offender Locator to find registered sex offenders living in Shelby County. This online resource lets anyone search the state’s sex offender registry by name, zip code, city, and street address.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office oversees the operation of the county jail including the male and female correctional facilities. The Sheriff’s Office provides a Jail Inmate Lookup tool online to help the public find individuals booked into these facilities. Use it to find inmates by searching by name or booking number.

Court Records

The judicial institutions in Shelby County includes the Chancery, Circuit, Criminal, General Sessions, Juvenile, Probate, and Veterans Courts.

The General Sessions Court includes the county’s Civil and Criminal Courts. It maintains the records of these courts and makes them accessible online via the ACS CourtConnect portal. The Shelby County Circuit Court hears civil cases and its records are available online on the CourtConnect portal. Members of the public can get copies of these records at the Circuit Court’s Fileroom Department or by requesting for them by mail. Visit or send your request to:

Circuit Court
140 Adams Avenue, Room B-47
Memphis, TN 38103-2099
“ATTN: RECORDS”

The Circuit Court provides certified copies of court documents, divorce decrees, and child support orders. It charges a copy fee of 50 cents per page. There is an additional $5 fee per record for certified copies.

Case documents for the Criminal Court are available online on the Shelby County Criminal Justice System Portal. The website requires users to register before searching for case records and hearing schedules. To request copies of these records, call 901-222-3376.

The Chancery Court has jurisdiction over cases involving contract breaches, fraud, enforcement of liens, and trusts. It also has co-jurisdiction with the Circuit Court over divorce and public nuisance cases and can hear or take actions such as habeas corpus, mandamus, and declaratory judgements. To obtain copies of case files from Shelby County Chancery Court, call 901-222-3921 or come to:

140 Adams Avenue
Room B48
Memphis, TN 38103

The Court charges 50 cents per page for copies of records and an additional $5 for certified copies.

The Probate Court oversees matters regarding guardianship, conservatorship, name changes, and wills and estates. The Shelby County Probate Court Clerk’s Office makes the records of this court available online. Find files closed before September 30, 2013 on Probate Case Information PW1 portal. Those closed after October, 2013 are available on the Probate CourtConnect portal.

Vital Records

The Vital Records Office of the Shelby County Health Department issues certificates for births and deaths that happened in the county. To obtain these records, go to:

Shelby County Health Department
Vital Records Office
814 Jefferson Avenue, Room 101 - 103
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901-222-9693

A mail request should also go to this address (address birth request to Room 101 and death request to Room 103) accompanied by a completed Application for Birth Certificate or Application for Death Certificate. The fee for each certified copy of a birth or death certificate is $15.

The Shelby County Clerk issues certified copies of marriage licenses for events that took place in the county. To obtain these records, visit one of these three locations:

Downtown
150 Washington Avenue
Open Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Millington
4836 Navy Road
Open Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Shelby East Complex
1075 Mullins Station Road
Open Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

The Clerk charges $10 for each certified copy of a marriage license. To make a request by mail, include the relevant information and a check or money order for the fee. Send these to:

Shelby County Clerk
Attn: Marriage Department, Suite 201
150 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103