Rochester Arrest, Court, and Public Records

How to Obtain Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Rochester Police Department provides access to police records and criminal history record information. Residents can obtain accident/records in person at the City Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Blvd. Individuals in Rochester City can also make requests for criminal records information maintained in the city archives by visiting the city's online Freedom Of Information-City Records Access (FOIL) platform.

How to Obtain Criminal History/Record Checks

The Rochester Police Department processes requests for criminal history/record checks. Interested parties must provide in-person applications and present two types of identification. The first is an official photo ID, which includes a driver's license, non-driver photo ID, learner permit or passport. The second required ID is the applicant's social security card. Requests must also include a $25 fee, payable by cash, credit card, post office money order or cashier's check payable to the City Treasurer:

The Communications Bureau
Rochester City Hall,
Room 202A, 30 Church St.,
Rochester, NY 14614

Results of background checks take seven to 10 business days to process.

How to Obtain Sex Offender Information

The Monroe County Sheriff provides public access to an online sex offender management and community notification tool. Individuals can access the database by clicking on the sex offenders database link box. The registry allows you to enter any local address and then provide a list of all registered Monroe County sex offenders living within a one-mile radius within the boundaries of the requestor.

How to Obtain Inmate and Jail Information

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office provides online information about inmates currently held in county jail using its free inmate roster. Requesters can search using the person’s full name and date of birth, or by booking number, permanent number, state or county ID. Requesters may also be able to obtain records by contacting any of the country jails at:

Monroe County Jail
130 Plymouth Ave. South
Rochester, NY 14614

Monroe Correctional Facility
750 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Crime Statistics

The Rochester Police Department compiles and publishes city-wide crime statistics. According to data released for2017, the city recorded a total of 9,804 reported incidents, made up of 1,872 violent crimes and 7,934 property crimes. Larceny-thefts accounted for 60.3% of total crimes, while burglaries and aggravated assaults made up 13.5 and 10.1% respectively. Overall, the city recorded 12.7 daily crimes for every 100,000 residents, making it safer than 5% of the cities in the U.S.

How to Find Court Records

Part of the New York State Unified Court System, Rochester’s judicial system includes a supreme court, county court, family court, and surrogate’s court. Interested parties can obtain records heard at the supreme or county court by contacting the Monroe County Clerk located at

Monroe County Clerk
101 County Office Building
39 W. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614

The clerk also provides an online case search platform that members of the public can use to obtain case information. Interested parties can also track active Civil Supreme Court cases within the county or the rest of the state using the case tracking service maintained by the New York State Unified Court. Users can base their searches on different fields, including party name, judge name, court calendar and attorney.

Rochester is also home to multiple Town Courts which preside over certain criminal and civil cases, including local ordinance and traffic violations, city infractions, misdemeanors. Access to the court records of cases filed any of these courts can be obtained by visiting any of the respective court location.

Irondequoit Town Court
1300 Titus Avenue
Rochester, NY 14617
Phone: (585) 336-6040

Henrietta Town Court
135 Calkins Road, Suite G
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: (585) 359-2640
Fax: (585) 359-8706

Gates Town Court
1605 Buffalo Road
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (585) 426-0410
Fax: (585) 247-5328

East Rochester Town Court
317 East Main Street
East Rochester, NY 14445
Phone: (585) 385-2576
Fax: (585) 419-8285

Chili Town Court
3235 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (585) 889-1999
Fax: (585) 889-8932

Brighton Town Court
2300 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: (585) 784-5152
Fax: (585) 784-5380

Vital Records

How to Find Divorce Records

Certified copies of divorce decrees are available from the Monroe County Clerk’s Office. Divorce decree files are closed documents and are only available to litigants, defendants, and attorneys on record. Individuals that do not fit into the above category would require a court order to have access to files. Requests can be in person made at:

39 West Main Street,
Room 105,
Rochester, NY 14614

The office opens Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How to Find Marriage Records

The City of Rochester and Town's Clerk’s Office manages marriage licenses and marriage records. Copies of marriage licenses can be obtained from the:

Rochester City Clerk,
License Bureau, City Hall
30 Church St.,
Rochester, NY 14604

Mail-in requests should include a self-addressed stamped envelope, along with a check payable to the City of Rochester/Municipal Archives. Applications must also include the full names of the spouse and the date of the event (or a range of years). Individuals must also provide personal details such as their full name, telephone number and mailing address.

How to Obtain Birth and Death Records

The Monroe County Health Department’s Office of Vital Records manages birth and death records for events within the county. It's also tasked with issuing birth and death certificates. These records are managed and made available on request to eligible individuals. Eligible parties can access make requests by submitting a birth certificate order form for a certified copy of a birth, or a death certificate order form for death certificates. Requests should also include proper payment and identification. Applications should be made to:

Vital Records Office
740 East Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14623

Monroe County charges $30 per certified record. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks and money orders must be made payable to Monroe County Vital Records. All requests must include a copy of a valid form of picture ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, military identification card or state identification card. Birth certifications can only be released to individuals who qualify for eligibility, such as the parents, legal guardian, child or legal representative.

Note: The Birth or Death Certificate Request Form is not needed to obtain a birth or death certificate in person at the walk-in office.