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Otsego County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Otsego County Arrest Records?

Otsego County arrest records contain the arrest activities and histories of individuals arrested by law enforcement in the county. The New York State (NYS) Division of Criminal Justice Service (DCJS) publishes yearly statistics of adult and juvenile arrests in the county. This information is available to view on the Criminal Justice Statistics page. Arrest records for the county can also be obtained by submitting a records-release request at the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.

Crime Statistics

The DCJS is the central repository for obtaining annual statewide crime statistics. In 2018, there were 719 crimes reported in Otsego County. The crime rate was 1,225.5 per 100,000 residents. Total reported crimes included 42 rapes, 3 robberies, 50 aggravated assaults, 108 burglaries, 502 larcenies, and 14 motor vehicle thefts. Between 2014 and 2018, crime fell by -14.09% in the county. However, a breakdown reveals that rape increased by 2000% and aggravated assault by 21.95%. Robbery fell by -62.5%, burglary by -16.92%, and larceny by -21.80%. Motor vehicle theft and murder crime numbers stayed the same at 14 and 0, respectively.

What are Otsego County Criminal Records?

Otsego County criminal records contain an official compilation of the criminal histories and activities of people who were arrested or convicted in the county. The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office provides criminal record checks for interested parties and organizations. In the State, these parties may also obtain criminal record checks from the NYS DCJS.

How Do I Get Otsego County Criminal Records?

To obtain criminal record checks from the Sheriff’s Office, requesters must complete a Background Check Request Form. The office requires requesters to provide valid identification and pay the assessed fees. It costs $5 per name/record. Visit the office with the required documents at the address below:

72 County Highway 33W
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: (607) 547-4271 or (607) 547-4273
Fax: (607) 547-6413

How to Find Otsego County Sex Offender Information

The New York State Public Registry of Sex Offenders maintains information on Otsego County Level 2 and 3 sex offenders. The NYSDivision of Criminal Justice Services provides this service to the public at no fee. Anyone can input an offender’s last name, county, zip code, and status to obtain results. Parties searching for Level 1 sex offenders may contact the Division on (800) 262-3257 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Requesters must provide the individuals’ date of birth, exact address, driver’s license number, or social security number.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Otsego County Jail?

Visitation days at Otsego County Jail occur on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Residents are advised to review the visitation rules and regulations prior to a scheduled visit.

Otsego County has one jail at:

72 County Highway
33 W Cooperstown, NY 13326.

It is operated by the Corrections Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Contact the jail on (607) 547-6494.

Where and How to Find Otsego County Inmate Information

The Corrections Division of the Otsego sheriff office provides online information on inmates as well as bail procedures, commissary information, and other jail information. Interested parties may also lookup incarcerated inmates using the Inmate Population Information Search provided by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The Sheriff’s Office provides a free mobile app for both android and iPhone device users. Using this app, it is possible to view recent bookings in the jail, most wanted inmate information, and other information.

What are Otsego County Court Records?

In Otsego County, court records are the official accounts of court proceedings of cases tried in Otsego County Courts. The Otsego County Clerk serves as the records custodian. The Clerk provides an online index where anyone with an account may search court records. Alternatively, interested parties may visit the Clerk’s office address below to obtain these records. The office charges $1 to $5 depending on the record being requested.

197 Main Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
Phone Number: (607) 547-4276
Fax Number: (607) 547-7544
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (July & August)

At the state level, interested parties may search the New York State Unified Court System or Supreme Court Records Online Library (SCROLL). There is no fee assessed for these services.

Location of All Courts in Otsego County

Otsego County has a Supreme Court, County Court, Family Court, Surrogate Court, City Court, and 25 Town/Village Courts. Below are the addresses, contact information, and business hours of the courts:

Otsego County Supreme Court
197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: (607) 322-3140
Fax: (646) 963-6663

Otsego County Court
197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: (607) 322-3140
Fax: (646) 963-6663

Otsego County Surrogate’s Court
197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: (607) 547-4213
Fax: (607) 240-5966

Otsego County Family Court
County Annex Building
32 Chestnut Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: (607) 322-3130
Fax: (607) 240-5548

Oneonta City Court
Public Safety Building
81 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: (607) 432-4480
Fax: (646) 963-6433

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What are Otsego County Vital Records?

Otsego County’s vital records are the official documents of life events that occurred within the county. They include birth, death, marriage, and divorce records. In the county, the County Clerk maintains and issues divorce records. Birth and death records may be obtained from the Town or Village Clerk where the events occurred. Request marriage licenses from the Town Clerk in the town where the license was issued. Eligible parties may also obtain vital records from the State through the New York State Department of Health.

Where and How to Get Otsego County Divorce Records

Interested parties may obtain divorce records from the County Clerk at the address below. The office charges $5 for a certificate of dissolution of marriage.

197 Main Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
Phone Number: (607) 547-4276
Fax Number: (607) 547-7544
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (July & August)

To order a divorce certificate through the NYS Department of Health, submit a completed Application for Copy of Divorce Certificate Form, valid identification, and the record fee(s) in by mail to the following address:

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

This request may be made in person at the NYS Department of Health’s office. Mail requests cost $30; pay by certified check, personal check, or postal money order made out to the NYS Department of Health. In-person requests cost $45; pay with cash, check, or money order.

Note: the office only maintains divorce certificates from 1963 to the present.

Where and How to Get Otsego County Marriage Records

Otsego County marriage licenses are processed at the town clerk’s office where the license was issued. To order certificates through the NYS Department of Health, submit an Application for Copy of Marriage Certificate Form, valid identification, and the applicable fee by mail to the 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 requests. This fee is payable by certified check, personal check, or postal money order made to the NYS Department of Health. Make in-person requests at the Department’s office. It costs $45 per record. Pay with cash, check, or money order.

Where and How to Get Otsego County Birth Records

Otsego county birth records are available at the town or village of birth at the Clerk’s office. The NYS Department of Health issues birth certificates from 1881 to date to eligible parties. Complete an Application for Copy of Birth Certificate, enclose valid identification, and the required fee. Mail the three to the address below:

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

This request can also be made in person at the NYS Department of Health’s office. Mail orders and walk-in orders cost $30 and $45, respectively. Acceptable forms of payment for mail requests include certified check, personal check, or postal money order made to the NYS Department of Health. Acceptable forms of payment for in-person orders include cash, check, or money order.

Where and How to Get Otsego County Death Records

Death records can be obtained at the town of death through the Town Clerk’s office or from the NYS Department of Health. The Department of Health issues death certificates from 1881 to qualified persons. The office provides mail and walk-in service to order death certificates. Complete an Application for Copy of Death Certificate, attach a copy of valid identification and the record fee(s). Mail all three to the following address:

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

It costs $45 to make in-person orders payable by check, cash, or money order. Orders by mail cost $30 and are payable by certified check, personal check, or postal money order to the NYS Department of Health.