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Columbia County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Columbia County Arrest Records?

Columbia County arrest records are official documents that contain the arrest histories of individuals who committed crimes within the county. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office maintains arrest records for the county, while the New York State (NYS) Division of Criminal Justice Services maintains a statewide index of adult and juvenile arrest records. These records contain arrest information such as demographics, sex, gender, ethnicity, and the offense of the arrestee, including information on the number of arrests per year in the county.

Crime Statistics

The NYS Criminal Justice Services Division maintains and provides statewide crime statistics. These records are gotten from law enforcement reports in the State. In 2018, there were 890 crimes reported in the county, made up of 102 were violent crimes and 788 were property crimes. Violent crimes included 1 murder, 44 rapes, and 57 aggravated assaults. There was no report of a robbery. Property crimes included 109 burglaries, 661 larcenies, and 18 motor vehicle thefts. Overall, between 2014 and 2018, crimes declined by -7.12% in the county. However, of the two major crime categories, property crimes declined by -10.35% but violent crimes went up by 117.02%. When narrowed down, it shows that actually, 4 crimes declined while 3 increased. Rape went up by 780% and aggravated assault by 67.64%. Murder, initially at 0 in 2014, rose briefly in 2015 to 3 but dropped to 1 by 2018. Crimes that declined included robbery (-100%), burglary (-30.57%), larceny (-5.84%), and motor vehicle theft (-10%).

What are Columbia County Criminal Records?

Columbia County criminal records are documents that contain criminal histories of county residents. At the county level, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office maintains these records and provides criminal record checks to interested parties. At the state level, members of the public may request criminal record checks from the NYS Criminal Justice Services Division. Applicants are required to pay the applicable fees and have proper identification before the records can be released.

How Do I Get Columbia County Criminal Records?

It costs $10 to obtain a criminal record check from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Submit a written request by mail or in-person to the address below:

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
Public Safety Facility
85 Industrial Tract
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 828-0601 extension 1415
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

An applicant is required to provide a waiver from the subject of record authorizing the release of the record, along with the following information:

  • Full name (including maiden name, if applicable)
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Social Security Number

It takes 2 to 3 working days to process a request.

How to Find Columbia County Sex Offender Information

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office maintains a sub-directory where interested parties may view high-risk sex offenders in person. This directory is available from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. at the office. Call (518) 828-0601 extension 1405 for inquiries on the directory and receiving alerts. Interested parties may also use the Sex Offender Registry maintained by the New York State (NYS) Division of Criminal Justice Services to view Columbia County sex offender information. This option allows searches of Level 2 and 3 sex offenders by their last names, counties, zip codes, and status. For information on Level 1 sex offenders and unassigned offenders, call (800) 262-3257 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Provide the name, exact address, date of birth, driver’s license number, or social security number of the individual to obtain the sex offender information.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Columbia County Jail?

Columbia County has one jail operated by the Corrections Division of the Sheriff’s Office. The facility can house 109 inmates and is located at 85 Industrial Tract, Hudson, NY 12534. Its contact number is (518) 828-3324. The Corrections Division provides a Visitation Information site where visitors may obtain inmate visitation times and guidelines.

Where and How to Find Columbia County Inmate Information

Interested parties may obtain inmate information such as bail, phone calls, and sending money/mail to an inmate from the Corrections Division section of the Columbia County Sheriff’s website. To obtain information on incarcerated inmates, however, contact the Division on (518) 828-3344 or use the Inmate Lookup provided by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to search.

What are Columbia County Court Records?

Columbia County court records are the official case files of courts in the county. They contain information from civil and criminal cases filed and tried in the courts. The Columbia County Clerk acts as the records custodian. County residents may visit the office to request court records at the address below:

560 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 828-3339
Fax: (518) 828-5299

The office charges $5 for criminal record searches and $5 per name/biennial searches for civil records. The Clerk also provides an online tool to search for records. Interested parties are required to have or create an account to use the service.

At the state level, parties may search the New York State Unified Court System for civil and family case information at no charge. They may also opt to use the case tracking service to get notified of updates in a civil Supreme Court case. Interested parties may also search the Supreme Court Records Online Library (SCROLL) for records. These searches usually require the user to have a defendant’s name or the case number.

Location of All Courts in Columbia County

There is a Supreme Court, Family Court, County Court, Surrogate Court, and City Court in Columbia County. The county also has 21 Town Courts. Below are the addresses and contact numbers of the courts:

Columbia County’s Supreme, Family, County, and Surrogate Court
401 Union Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 267-3150
Fax: (518) 267-3126

Hudson City Court
701-B Union Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 267-3082
Fax: (212) 457-2682
Email: hudsoncitycourt@nycourts.gov

Obtain court addresses and business hours of town courts using the town links drop-down menu on the Columbia County’s website.

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What are Columbia County Vital Records

Columbia County’s vital records are documents that bear recordings of vital events such as births, deaths, marriages, and divorces that took place in the county. The New York State Department of Health maintains and issues vital records to eligible individuals.

Where and How to Get Columbia County Divorce Records

The NYS Department of Health maintains divorce certificates from 1963 to date. People who can obtain copies using the office’s walk-in or mail service include the spouses and individuals with an NYS Court order. To obtain a certificate by mail, print an Application for Copy of Divorce Certificate Form. Complete and submit this form along with valid identification (available on the form) and record fee to the office’s address below.

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

It costs $30 for mail orders and $45 for in-person requests. Acceptable forms of payment for mail requests include certified check, personal check, or postal money order made out to the NYS Department of Health. Acceptable forms of payment for walk-in orders include cash, check, or money order.

To order divorce decrees, contact the Columbia County Clerk with the following details:

560 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 828-3339
Fax: (518) 828-5299

Where and How to Get Columbia County Marriage Records

Individuals who may order Columbia County marriage licenses from 1880 through the NYS Department of Health include the spouses and other persons with tangible interest or court orders. This request may be made by mail or in-person. Mail a completed Application for Copy of Marriage Certificate Form, attach a copy of valid identification and the record fee. Send all three to the address below:

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

The office charges $30 per request for mail orders and $45 per request for walk-in orders. For mail orders, pay with a certified check, personal check, or postal money order addressed to the NYS Department of Health. For walk-in orders, pay using cash, money order, or check.

Applicants may also contact the city or town clerk where the license was issued to order marriage licenses.

Where and How to Get Columbia County Birth Records

Obtain Columbia County birth records from 1881 to date by request to the NYS Department of Health. Eligible persons who can obtain copies include the registrant and the registrant’s parents. Any other individual is required to provide an NYS Court order before the record can be released. It costs $30 for mail orders and $45 for walk-in orders. Pay with a certified check, personal check, or postal money order made to the NYS Department of Health when making mail requests. Pay with cash, money order, or check when making in-person requests.

To make a mail-order, submit a completed Application for Copy of Birth Certificate along with valid identification and the request fee to the following address:

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

Where and How to Get Columbia County Death Records

The NYS Department of Health issues certified copies of death certificates from 1881 to eligible parties. They include the spouse and immediate family of the deceased, and individuals who either have a rightful claim, a New York State Court order, or a registered medical need. Request by mail or in-person at the Vital Records Office. For mail orders, fill and submit an Application for Copy of Death Certificate with proper identification and the applicable fees to the address below:

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

It costs $45 for walk-in orders; pay with cash, check, or money order. The office charges $30 for mail orders; pay with a certified check, personal check, or postal money order made to the NYS Department of Health.