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Erie County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Arrest Records

Arrest records for Erie County can be found online at the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYS DCJS). These include records that cover up to 2017. Arrest records for Erie County are online and available for download. These records provide a detailed breakdown of arrest rates for violent and property crimes. The NYS DCJS also provides a 10-year trend data of parolee and probationer arrests in Erie County.

The NYS DCJS collates juvenile arrests records for those between ages 16 and 17 for all counties. Their five-year record for Erie County covers the period between 2013 and 2017. For the most recent data, check the statewide juvenile arrest records, which provides details for the months between January and June 2018.

Total Crime

Erie County recorded a total of 23,371 crimes in 2017. Out of these, there were 3,463 violent crimes and 19,908 property crimes. The most frequent violent crime was aggravated assault with 2,055 incidents. In the same year, there were 1,111 robberies, 251 rapes, and 46 murders. The property crime with the highest incidence was larceny with 15,013 cases. This was followed by burglary with 3,755 incidents and 1,140 cases of motor vehicle theft.

Crime trends in Erie County over the last five years show that overall reported cases fell by 20%. A full breakdown of crime data shows a reduction in robbery (26%), murder (16%), aggravated assault (12%), burglary (28%), larceny (20%), and motor vehicle theft (9%). The only crime to experience an increase in the period is rape (20%).

Most Dangerous Areas

The Buffalo City area is the largest and most dangerous community in Erie County. The Buffalo City Police Department recorded 12,437 crimes in 2017. The town of Tonawanda was a distant second with the police department recording 1,012 crimes in the same period.

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Access to public records is available online, and search results often include information on criminal arrests, criminal court trials, and civil court proceedings.

Criminal Records

Those seeking offline records must download the CHRS application forms and send them by mail to the Criminal History Record Search, NYS Office of Court Administration, Office of Administrative Services, Criminal History Record Search at 25 Beaver Street (Room 840 - Front Desk), New York, NY 10004. Applications can also be hand-delivered to the address between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Section CPLR § 8019(f) of the Judiciary Law stipulates that there are specific fees that a county clerk may charge for copying and certifying records, and a court clerk similarly may charge the same fees to copy and certify court records. In accordance with this provision, using the statewide Criminal History Record Search attracts a nominal fee of $65 paid by check or money order to the NYS Office of Court Administration.

Court Records

Interested parties can find and retrieve court records for Erie County on the website of the New York State Unified Court System. Users can search the file proceedings of appellate, civil, and supreme courts as well as the surrogate court and court of claims. To find records for specific cases, access the search page as a guest or public user and then input case numbers and the year the case took place in. Make sure to narrow the statewide search by selecting Erie County as well as case type.

Sex Offenders

The state keeps a central sex offender registry that is available on the website of the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services. By law, this public directory only provides public information about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Search the sex offender registry by providing a name, county, or zip code. To get a list of sex offenders in Erie County, simply select it in the dropdown list of New York counties. The search tool also allows visitors to exclude offenders in police custody, in ICE custody, and in prison.

Inmate Records

Inmate records for all the counties in the state are available on the website of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Use the inmate lookup/locator tool to find individual inmates. For other inmate records for Erie County, fill the Open FOIL NY form. It’s also possible to send a completed FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request form by email. Alternatively, submit the request form at the FOIL Unit of the Office of Counsel at the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Building 2, 1220 Washington Ave, Albany, NY.

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Public Records

Use the New York Real Estate Property System to find property records for Erie County. This search portal is available on the website of Erie County Office. To find the right records, simply search by property owner’s name or property address. Narrow the search result by choosing a city or town in the drop-down menu of communities in Erie County.

Adoption records in Erie County are sealed and maintained by the Erie County Surrogate Court. The court is on the 2nd floor of Erie County Hall located at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, and can be reached at (716) 845-2560. Parties interested in adoption records will need to obtain relevant court orders.

Birth records are kept in the office of the Registrar of Vital Statistics in each town and city in the county. For example, birth records for Buffalo city may be requested from the Vital Records Office of the City of Buffalo. It’s located at City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo and can be reached at (716) 851-5432. All requests must be written and mailed to the City Clerk in a self-addressed stamped envelope with a $10 money order included.

Erie County property records are open to the public as established under the New York Freedom of Information Law. People interested in obtaining copies of Erie County property records can apply to the county department responsible for issuing copies of the documents.

Where and How to Find Property Records in Erie County

Erie county property documents may be found using the Erie County Clerk's Online Public Record Search Portal. The clerk's office does not index nor allow searches by address. However, people who need copies of a deed but are unsure of the owner's name can use the Real Property Parcel Search to search by address. They can click “details” on the search result to obtain the Deed Book and Deed Page number from the site.

People can also obtain electronic copies of records by email by completing and submitting an Online Request Form. To request and obtain a plain or a certified copy of documents in person, applicants must visit:

92 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Actual document images are viewable in the Clerk's Office at publicly accessible computer terminals. Requesters can make Payment by Check, Cash, or Credit Card in person.

Requesters can obtain uncertified or certified copies of a record by mail by completing the Deed Request Form, Copy Request Form ( for people who have the book & page of the document they are requesting. People who do not have the book and page of the record they want can complete and submit the Search & Copy Request Form. Applicants can also write letters in the absence of the required forms to request records by mail, containing as much detail as possible, including:

  • the name of the required document, such as "a deed" or “mortgage discharge.”
  • the name of the owner, the property address including the village, town, or city
  • the approximate date of the transaction or years
  • the Book and Page number, if known.
  • Contact information for the requestor.

When submitting a request via mail, requesters must mail alongside their request form, a check or money order payable to the Erie County Clerk, and a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope, to the Erie County Clerk’s Office at; 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

Copies of property records cost $1.30 for the first two pages and 65 cents for each additional page, while Copies of certified records cost $5.00 for the first two pages and $1.25 for each additional page. Certified presented copies cost $5.20 for the first presented pages, and each extra page cost 65 cents. Individuals can obtain large Map copies for $5, and they may have to pay $3.50 as postage charges for large map copies. The maximum amount for copies or certified copies of a property document is $40.00. Manual record Search costs $10 per name per 2-year period, while digital record Search costs $5 per name and 2-year period.

How to Look Up Erie County Property Records

The Department of Real Property Tax Services is responsible for appraising real estate located in Erie County and maintains a repository of properties. The public can search online for Erie County properties using the parcel number, owner’s name, or property address. Necessary information, such as the name and location of the property, may show up on a search. Applicants can click on the “details” link to get more information on the property.

Erie County Real Property Tax Services
Edward A Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street - Room 100
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-8333
Fax: (716) 858-7744

Location of Erie County Assessors

Buffalo City
Hall Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 851-5739

City Lackawanna
Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218
Phone: (716) 827-6451

City Tonawanda
Niagara Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 695-8639

Town Alden
Wende Road
Alden, NY 14004
Phone: (716) 937-6969

Town Amherst
Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 631-7038

Town Aurora
Southside Municipal Center
Gleed Ave East
Aurora, NY 14052
Phone: (716) 652-0011

Town Boston
Boston State Road
Boston NY, 14025
Phone: (716) 941-6113

Town Brant
Brant North Collins Road
P.O. Box 228
Brant, NY 14027
Phone: (716) 549-4423

Town Cheektowaga
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Phone: (716) 686-3440

Town Clarence
Town Place
Clarence, NY 14031
Phone: (716) 741-8941

Town Colden
State Road
P.O. Box 335
Colden, NY 14033
Phone: (716) 941-5012

Town Collins
Mill Street
P.O. Box 420
Collins, NY 14034
Phone: (716) 532-4887

Town Concord
Franklin Street
P.O. Box 368
Springville, NY 14141
Phone: (716) 592-4947

Town Eden
East Church Street
Eden, NY 14057
Phone: (716) 992-9135

Town Elma
Bowen Road
Elma, NY 14059
Phone: (716) 652-3260

Town Evans
Erie Road
Angola, NY 14006
Phone: (716) 549-5752

Town Grand Island
Baseline Road
Grand Island, NY 14072
Phone: (716) 773-9648

Town Hamburg
South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 14075
Phone: (716) 649-6111

Town Holland
Pearl Street
P.O. Box 403
Holland, NY 14080
Phone: (716) 537-9443

Town Lancaster
Central Avenue
Lancaster, NY 14086
Phone: (716) 683-1311

Town Marilla
Two Rod Road
Marilla, NY 14102
Phone: (716) 652-5497

Town Newstead
Clarence Center Road
Akron, NY 14001
Phone: (716) 542-4574

Town North
Main Street
North Collins, NY 14111
Phone: (716) 337-0384

Town Orchard Park
South Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 662-6420

Town Sardinia
Savage Road
Sardinia, NY 14134
Phone: (716) 496-8900

Town Tonawanda
Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
Phone: (716) 877-8811

Town Wales
Big Tree Road
Wales Center, NY 14169
Phone: (716) 652-0589

Town West Seneca
Union Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
Phone: (716) 558-3209