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Shelby County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Shelby County Arrest Records?

Arrest records are official documents that local law enforcement agents create when a suspected offender faces arrest. These records often contain information like:

  • The arrestee’s full name
  • The arrestee’s mugshot and physical descriptors
  • An arrest warrant
  • The location and time of the arrest
  • A description of the arrest
  • The arresting officer’s details.

While arrest records prove an individual’s initial arrest, they do not prove guilt - as law enforcement agencies may drop the charges or a court may find the arrestee innocent of any crimes. In Shelby County, the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining arrest records and making the information available on its inmates and detained persons’ database.

How Do I Get Shelby County Police Reports?

The Memphis Police Department is the law enforcement agency that provides police reports for Shelby County. In addition to accident and incident reports, public members 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 am and 4:00 pm. The Memphis Police Department charges Tennessee residents 15 cents per page for a report. Non-residents pay $15 per piece. The fee for a photo attached to a report is $1.50. Each photo CD costs $10, while a communication dispatch tape costs $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.

Crime Statistics

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office recorded four murders, 26 rapes, 75 robberies, and 484 aggravated assaults in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime data. The incidence of property crime includes 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 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 the overall arrest rate between 2017 and 2013. While the adult arrest rate declined by 30.9%, the juvenile arrest rate climbed by 63.5% in the same period.

What are Shelby County Criminal Records?

Criminal records are official documents that provide the complete details of a convicted criminal’s path through the justice system. They typically include arrest records, reports of charges, court records, and incarceration information. In Shelby County, law enforcement agencies, the criminal courts, and correctional facilities provide criminal records input. The Criminal History Records & Identification Bureau of the Sheriff's Office, however, is responsible for collecting and disseminating criminal history records in Shelby County.

How Do I Get Shelby County Criminal Records?

Individuals interested in obtaining Shelby County criminal records can make an open records request of the Criminal History Records & Identification Bureau. Requesters must describe the desired record or information as precisely as possible and include complete contact information. The Bureau accepts application requests in person, by mail, fax, or email.

Records & Identification
201 Poplar Ave
Rm 1006 Jail Annex
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-4944

The charge for obtaining these records is 25 cents per page plus the cost of postage. Requests that take more than fifteen minutes to complete will incur a personnel cost of $20 per hour and postage costs. The bureau will not ask for payment if the total cost is less than $5.

How to Find Shelby County Sex Offender Information?

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. Interested individuals may 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.

How do I Visit an Inmate in Shelby County Jail?

Shelby County Jail allows its inmates to receive video and contact visits. Individuals interested in visiting inmates in Shelby County Jail must fill out an application and receive approval before coming to the jail. Inmates can receive contact visits once a month, according to a housing schedule. Video visits are available in every house daily from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Each inmate can receive a maximum of two adult and three child visitors in a session. Visitors can only meet with one inmate at a time unless the inmates are closely related. All adult visitors must provide a verifiable form of identification to secure entry and accompany minors. Visitors are encouraged to dress comfortably. However, visitors must wear properly fitting clothing and appropriate footwear like open-toe shoes and sandals.

Where and How to Find Shelby County Inmate Information?

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office oversees the county jail’s operation, 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. Interested individuals may use it to find inmates by searching by name or booking number.

What are Shelby County Court Records?

Shelby County court records refer to all documents created to provide details about civil or criminal proceedings. They typically contain filings, transcripts of arguments and testimonies, evidence, and judgments. In Shelby County, the General Sessions Court includes the 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 request them by mail.

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

Location of all Courts in Shelby County

Shelby County Circuit Court
140 Adams Avenue,
Room 324,
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-3800
Fax: (901) 222-3818

Shelby County Chancery Court
140 Adams Avenue,
Room 308,
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-3900
Fax: (901) 222-3909

Shelby County Criminal Court
201 Poplar Avenue, Suite 4-01,
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-3200

Shelby County General Sessions Court - 24 Hour Clerk's Office
201 Poplar Avenue,
Suite LL-126,
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: (901) 222-3600
Fax: (901) 222-3501

Shelby County General Sessions Court - Civil
140 Adams Avenue,
Room 106,
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-3400
Fax: (901) 222-3413

Shelby County General Sessions Court - Criminal
201 Poplar Avenue,
Suite LL-81,
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-3500
Fax: (901) 222-3597

Shelby County General Sessions Court - Hickory Hill Office
3768 South Hickory Ridge Mall,
Suite 514,
Memphis, TN 38115
Phone: (901) 222-3667
Fax: (901) 222-3670

Shelby County General Sessions Court - Mullins Station Office
1075 Mullins Station Road,
Room W 115,
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: (901) 222-7900
Fax: (901) 222-7904

Shelby County Juvenile Court
616 Adams Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-0600
Fax: (901) 222-0536

Shelby County Probate Court
140 Adams Avenue,
Room 124,
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-3750
Fax: (901) 222-3756

Bartlett City Court
3730 Appling Road,
Bartlett, TN 38133
Phone: (901) 385-5580
Fax: (901) 385-6455

Collierville Municipal Court
101 Walnut Street,
Collierville, TN 38017
Phone: (901) 457-2580
Fax: (901) 457-2581

Germantown Municipal Court
City Hall
1930 South Germantown Road,
Germantown, TN 38138
Phone: (901) 757-7212

Memphis City Court
201 Poplar Avenue,
Suite LL-80,
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 636-3400
Fax: (901) 636-3457

Millington City Court
7950 Memphis Avenue,
Suite 2,
Millington, TN 38053
Phone: (901) 872-4499

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What are Shelby County Vital Records?

Shelby County’s vital records refer to documents that public officials create to mark important life events. These events include births, deaths, marriages, property acquisition and transfers, and marital dissolutions. In Shelby County, the Health Department is responsible for providing birth and death records. In contrast, divorce and marriage records are available at the Circuit, Chancery, and County Clerks’ offices.

Where and How to Get Shelby County Divorce Records?

In Shelby County, divorce records are available at the Circuit and Chancery Court Clerks’ offices. Individuals interested in obtaining Shelby County divorce records may visit the Shelby County Courthouse (circuit and chancery record rooms are in the same place) during regular business hours. Requesters must provide the case number, the divorcees’ names, and the divorce date. Certified copies of divorce records cost $5 plus 50 cents per page, while non-certified copies cost 50 cents per page.

Shelby County Courthouse
140 Adams Avenue,
Room B48 (in the basement)
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 222-3808 (Circuit), (901) 222-3900 (Chancery)

Where and How to Get Shelby County Marriage Records?

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

Downtown
150 Washington Avenue
Open Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:15 pm

Millington
4836 Navy Road
Open Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:15 pm

Shelby East Complex
1075 Mullins Station Road
Open Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:15 pm

The Clerk charges $10 for each certified copy of a marriage license. To request by mail, individuals must include the relevant information and a check or money order, and send the complete application to:

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

Where and How to Get Shelby County Birth and Death Records

The Vital Records Office of the Shelby County Health Department issues certificates for births and deaths in the county. To obtain these records, interested individuals may submit applications to:

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

Requesters can also submit a request via mail 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.

Are Property Records Open to the Public in Shelby County?

Property records in Shelby County are open to members of the public per the Tennessee Public Records Act. Citizens have the right to inspect or copy Shelby County property records and can do so by querying the custodian’s office.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Shelby County

The Shelby County Assessor of Property is tasked with registering and valuing property, listing ownership, providing descriptions of lands, and maintaining records. Interested individuals can find the Assessor’s records online but must contact the Office directly between Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m., through 4:30 p.m. to get certifiable records.

Assessor of Property
East Office
1075 Mullins Station Rd
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: (901) 222-7001
Fax: (901) 222-7199

How to Look Up Shelby County Property Records

The Shelby County Assessor of Property maintains a Property Search page where interested persons can search for property records. Researchers can search for information on properties by address, owner or business name, or parcel number. Search results will include (but are not limited to) the following information on existing property:

  • Property location and owner information
  • Appraisal and assessment information
  • Sales history
  • Informal review

According to the Assessor’s office, the website’s information is uncertified. Interested parties must contact the Assessor’s Office directly between Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m., through 4:30 p.m. to get certifiable records.

Assessor of Property
East Office
1075 Mullins Station Rd
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: (901) 222-7001
Fax: (901) 222-7199

Location of Shelby County Property Assessors

Assessor of Property
East Office
1075 Mullins Station Rd
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: (901) 222-7001
Fax: (901) 222-7199