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St. Lawrence County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are St. Lawrence County Public Records?

St. Lawrence County public records include documents and media produced by public agencies. Examples of public records in St. Lawrence County are court records, criminal records, and vital records. These public records are used as proof to show transparency in government administration. According to the New York FOIL, applicants can obtain these records online in digital and physical copies. Some documents are excluded from public access. These exempted records may be considered confidential according to state and federal laws. Some sensitive records like driver's license and social security numbers are also restricted from public view. Trade secrets and financial transactions between private entities may be unavailable to the public.

St. Lawrence County Crime Statistics

The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in New York is responsible for collating and publishing crime statistics in all the counties in the state, including St. Lawrence County. The 2020 DCJS report revealed that St. Lawrence County had a total crime index of 1,127 crimes. The total crime index in New York is divided into violent crimes and property crimes. From the 2020 report, local law enforcement agencies in St. Lawrence recorded 136 violent crimes and 991 property crimes.

Violent crime in St. Lawrence County includes one murder, 49 rape incidents, seven robberies, and 79 aggravated assaults. The county’s property-related crimes include 161 burglaries, 809 robberies, and 21 motor vehicle thefts. In 2019, law enforcement agencies in the county reported 1,114 crimes. Thus, between 2019 and 2020, criminal activities in St. Lawrence County increased by 1.17%.

Are St. Lawrence County Criminal Records Public?

Yes, criminal records in St. Lawrence County are public records listed under Article 6 of the New York State Public Officers Law (PBL). As such, county residents and other interested persons can access St. Lawrence County criminal records. Being the primary law enforcement agency in St. Lawrence County, the Criminal Division of the Sheriff's Office may provide access to criminal history information and other related records of individuals arrested in the county. Interested persons may also visit the county clerk's office to look up or make copies of the criminal court records.

An alternative method of accessing public criminal records is to use the statewide repository maintained by the New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA). The New York OCA allows requesters to access criminal records by sending mails or using the online platform. To send a mail request, record seekers should download, complete, and send the CHRS Application Form using the address below:

Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 428-2810
Email: CHRS@nycourts.gov

Applicants can also use Online Direct Access for background checks. The fee for every ordered copy is $95. Requesters can use any available payment method apart from cash. Parties should send the amount to the NYS Office of Court Administration. Sealed and expunged records are not available to residents.

How to Obtain St. Lawrence County Police Reports and Arrest Records

Police reports in St. Lawrence include accident reports, incident reports, active warrants, and crime reports. On the other hand, arrest records contain information on people charged with a crime. St. Lawrence County police reports and arrest records are both available at local law enforcement agencies. While St. Lawrence County Sheriff publishes active warrant search online, other police reports are obtainable by contacting the department at:

St. Lawrence County Sheriff' Office
48 Court Street (Building #8)
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2222

Individuals looking for St. Lawrence County police reports and arrest records are to do so during business hours from Monday to Friday. Requesters may also contact the department using the online web form available 24/7.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County sex offender information is open to county residents online to create awareness about sexual predators living in the community. The Sheriff's Department of St. Lawrence County provides a third-party lookup platform. Concerned parties can look up sex offenders' information on the third-party platform by entering the address, address type, city, zip code, zip plus, and the offender's name. Apart from performing direct searches, users can also:

  1. Share search results with their relatives to also notify them of sex offenders.
  2. Subscribe for free email notification on new offenders.

Parties can also use new York's official sex offender search tool to look up records of sex offenders in the state. Visitors can only find offenders that have been convicted on the platform. Interested parties can find the offender's details by entering the full name, the county the offender was arrested, the city, the zip code, and the compliance status of the offender.

How to Find St. Lawrence County Inmate Records

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Correctional Department is responsible for the daily operations of the county jail. Parties interested in obtaining St. Lawrence County inmate records can do so in person by contacting the following:

St. Lawrence Correctional Facility
17 Commerce Lane
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2367

Requesters can also use the authorized third-party vendor provided on the Sheriff's Website to lookup St. Lawrence inmate records. The NY Department of Corrections maintains an online Inmate Lookup tool for residents seeking inmates booked into state prisons. However, using the state's database will not provide information on inmates in the county jail.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in St. Lawrence County Jail?

County residents with relatives that are committed to St. Lawrence County jail can visit the jail facility, which is located at:

St. Lawrence Correctional Facility
17 Commerce Lane
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2367

Visiting times are only on Mondays and Thursdays between 3:30 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. Visitors are often advised to arrive at St. Lawrence County correctional facility before visiting hours for registration. It is essential to bring any of the following acceptable photo IDs:

  • Passport
  • Driver's license
  • Military ID
  • Birth certificates for minors
  • Immigration ID, School ID, or Employee ID

Other rules and regulations of the county jail are available on the Visitation Schedule page of the sheriff's website. The jail administrator has the right to terminate visiting privileges of visitors who fail to obey the rules and regulations of the jail.

St. Lawrence County Court Records

St. Lawrence County court records are official documents revealing the events in a court proceeding. New York FOIL makes court records available to the public on request. There are 38 courthouses in St. Lawrence County. The courthouses include one supreme court, family court, city court, and surrogate court each. The remaining courts are town and village courts in St. Lawrence County. Generally, the family court is created for settling family disputes between married couples. The St. Lawrence County supreme court handles criminal issues, infractions, and violations. Cases involving the control of estates and probate of wills are taken to the surrogate court. According to section 255 of the Judiciary Law, the St. Lawrence County clerk files and certifies all court records.

St. Lawrence County Supreme Court
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2219
Fax: (315) 379-2423

St. Lawrence County Court
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2219
Fax: (315) 379-2423

St. Lawrence County Family Court
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2410
Fax: (315) 386-3197

St. Lawrence County Surrogate's Court
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2217
Fax: (315) 379-2372

Ogdensburg City Court
330 Ford Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Phone: (315) 393-3941
Fax: (315) 393-6839

Brasher Town Court
P.O. Box 358
Brasher Falls, NY 13613
Phone: (315) 389-4223

Canton Town Court
Municipal Building
60 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-9844
Fax: (315) 386-4350

Clare Town Court
2462 County Route 27
Russell, NY 13684
Phone: (315) 386-3084

Clifton Town Court
7171 State Highway 3
P.O. Box 679
Cranberry Lake, NY 12927
Phone: (315) 848-5522
Fax: (315) 848-2683

Colton Town Court
9 Sugar Bush Lane
P.O. Box 475
South Colton, NY 13687
Phone: (315) 262-2380
Fax: (315) 262-2027

De Kalb Town Court
2907 County Route 17
P.O. Box 133
De Kalb Junction, NY 13630
Phone: (315) 347-2071

De Peyster Town Court
P.O. Box 41
De Peyster, NY 13633
Phone: (315) 344-7259

Edwards Town Court
161 Main Street
P.O. Box 24
Edwards, NY 13635
Phone: (315) 562-8113

Fine Town Court
4078 State Highway 3
P.O. Box 455
Star Lake, NY 13690
Phone: (315) 848-3121
Fax: (315) 848-3152

Fowler Justice Court
87 Little York Road
Gouverneur, NY 13642
Phone: (315) 287-9996
Fax: (315) 535-4300

Gouverneur Town Court
33 Clinton Street
Gouverneur, NY 13642
Phone: (315) 287-4623

Hammond Town Justice Court
P.O. Box 219
Hammond, NY 13646
Phone: (315) 324-5433
Fax: (315) 324-6963

Hermon Town Court
P.O. Box 28,
Hermon, NY 13652
Phone: (315) 347-2091
Fax: (315) 347-4547

Hopkinton Town Court
7 Church Street,
Hopkinton, NY 12965
Phone: (315) 328-4187
Fax: (315) 328-5292

Lawrence Town Court
11403 US Highway 11
North Lawrence, NY 12967
Phone: (315) 389-4487

Lisbon Town Court
6963 County Route 10
P.O. Box 8, Lisbon, NY 13658
Phone: (315) 393-0489
Fax: (315) 393-0489

Louisville Town Court
14810 State Highway 37
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 764-1424

Macomb Town Court
6663 State Highway 58
Hammond, NY 13646
Phone: (315) 578-2212

Madrid Town Court
3529 County Road 14
Madrid, NY 13660
Phone: (315) 528-3399

Massena Town Court
60 Main Street
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-5431
Fax: (315) 705-0938

Massena Village Court
60 Main Street
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-5431
Fax: (315) 705-0938

Morristown Town Court
604 Main Street
P.O. Box 240
Morristown, NY 13664
Phone: (315) 375-4148
Fax: (315) 375-6385

Norfolk Town Justice Court
5 Main Street
P.O. Box 481
Norfolk, NY 13667
Phone: (315) 384-4721
Fax: (315) 384-3201

Oswegatchie Justice Court
51 State Street
P.O. Box 408
Heuvelton, NY 13654
Phone: (315) 344-7284
Fax: (315) 344-7963

Parishville Town Court
1772 State Highway 72
P.O. Box 155
Parishville, NY 13672
Phone: (315) 265-2131

Piercefield Town Court
48 Waller Street
P.O. Box 220
Piercefield, NY 12973
Phone: (518) 359-7544

Pierrepont Town Court
864 State Highway 68
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-0415

Pitcairn Town Court
10 Edwards Road
Harrisville, NY 13648
Phone: (315) 543-2111
Fax: (315) 543-9577

Potsdam Town Court
35 Market Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: (315) 265-4318

Rossie Town Court
908 County Route 3
Redwood, NY 13679
Phone: (315) 324-5166
Fax: (315) 324-6870

Russell Town Court
4 Pestle Street
P.O. Box 628
Russell, NY 13684
Phone: (315) 347-4824
Fax: (315) 347-2570

Stockholm Town Court
P.O. Box 206
Winthrop, NY 13697
Phone: (315) 389-5171
Fax: (315) 389-4097

Waddington Town Court
46 Maple Street
P.O. Box 338
Waddington, NY 13694
Phone: (315) 388-4528
Fax: (315) 388-5957

Are St. Lawrence County Court Records Public?

Yes, St. Lawrence County court records are open to the public. Searchers can obtain these records personally or via online requests. According to the New York FOIL, some records are restricted from requesters. These restricted records are sensitive documents under state and federal laws. Confidential trade secrets and documents that might put the life of a state citizen at risk are also inaccessible to requesters.

How to Obtain St. Lawrence County Civil Court Case Records

The St. Lawrence County Circuit Clerk maintains civil court records for the county. Civil cases are generally handled at the town, villages, and city courts in St. Lawrence County. Individuals interested in St. Lawrence County civil court case records can navigate the County Clerk website to find the third-party online platform for checking the records. For in-person requests, record seekers can also visit the office at:

St. Lawrence County Clerk
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2237

Requesters can find civil court cases in St. Lawrence County via the central repository maintained by the NY Judiciary. To find information on the WebCivil Local platform, individuals can search local civil cases by index number, names of parties or attorneys, or name of the presiding judge.

How to Obtain St. Lawrence County Criminal Court Records

Criminal court records are documents that chronicle the procedures of a criminal case. Typically, the St. Lawrence County clerk is legally required to record all court proceedings and create an index number for each case. These documents are obtainable for all interested persons. Requesters can get St. Lawrence County criminal court records from the Court Clerk's office at:

St. Lawrence County Clerk
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2237

The New York State Unified Court System offers a digital platform for checking local criminal case files. Requesters can use the WebCriminal platform on a web browser or mobile app.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What are St. Lawrence County Vital Records?

Vital records in St. Lawrence County contain details of individuals' key life events like birth, adoption, marriage, divorce, and death. These government-issued documents are typically available for record holders and their relatives. Other interested individuals may not be offered full access to St. Lawrence County's vital records. Marriage, birth, and death records in St. Lawrence County are available at the town clerks' offices or the New York Health Department.

Where and How to Obtain St. Lawrence County Divorce Records

St. Lawrence divorce records are considered sealed records obtainable by the parties involved in the divorce and their representative. Eligible applicants must download and complete the Divorce Request Form, including the names of parties in the case, the index number of the case, and valid photo IDs. Requesters should send completed forms to the address below:

St. Lawrence County Clerk
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-2237

Note that the request form should include the proper request fee. Each page of the requested death record in St. Lawrence County costs $0.65. The initial ten pages of a certified copy are $5. The clerk's office may not process requested records below $1.30.

Eligible persons can also obtain divorce certificates from the New York Health Department. Nonetheless, divorce certificates from the NYHD are only available for marriages between 1963 till date. Requesters should visit the state health department website to order copies online. Alternatively, the certificates are obtainable in person by visiting the address below:

New York Department of Health (Certification Unit)
Vital Records Section/2nd floor
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204

Mail-in requests are also granted to individuals who submit the Divorce Certificate Application Form to:

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

Requesters should note that in-person, online, and phone requests cost $45 per copy while mail request is $30 per copy. The department only accepts electronic, personal, or certified checks, and American Express, Discover, Visa, or MasterCard.

Where and How to Get Public St. Lawrence County Marriage Records

Marriage records are only obtainable by the record holders, legal representatives, or persons with a court order in St. Lawrence County. These records are not available at the county clerk's office. Requesters can access St. Lawrence County marriage records by locating the nearest town court clerk or registrar.

Applicants can also get St. Lawrence County marriage records via the New York State Department of Health's website. It's important to remember that the couple can access these records, a legal advisor, or anyone with a valid court order. Requesters must also provide a valid form of identity.

There are three ways to obtain marriage records from the NYS Department of Health.

  1. Online: Visit the marriage certificate request page to order online. A copy of a marriage certificate ordered online costs $45 with an additional $8 search fee. Requesters can pay via credit/debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express) or electronic checks.
  2. In-person: Visit the Department of Health at:

Vital Records Section/2nd floor
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204

Note that in-person requests cost $45 and are payable in cash, money order, or check.

  1. Email: Complete and send the Marriage Certificate Application Form to:

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

Email requests cost $30 and are payable via personal check, money order, or certified check.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in St. Lawrence County

Obtaining a confidential marriage record in St. Lawrence may be unavailable. Generally, all marriages in the county and the state of New York are public marriages.

Where and How to Find St. Lawrence County Birth Records

The New York State Department of Health keeps track of those born in different communities, including the County of St. Lawrence. However, those that can have access to these documents include:

  • The record holder
  • The parents of the record holder
  • Spouse or child of the record holder
  • Attorney of the record holder

To obtain St. Lawrence County birth records, eligible persons must complete the Birth Certificate Request form and submit it in person or by mail to:

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

Online and call-in requests cost $45 together with a processing fee of $8. The department charges only $45 for in-person requests, while mail requests cost $30. Interested persons should send the applications with payments of money orders or cheques.

Where and How to Find St. Lawrence County Death Records

St. Lawrence County death records are provided to relatives of the deceased. This includes the deceased's parent, spouse, sibling, or child. Other persons can access the limited versions of the death certificate provided they produce a court order granting them access. Note that death records are available by mail, online, in-person, or via phone. Mail requests cost $30.00, online and phone requests cost $45.00 (plus an $8 processing fee), while in-person requests cost $45.00. Mail-in and online requesters should make payments in checks, money orders, and Visa/MasterCard (only online). Only in-person requesters can pay with cash. Eligible persons may obtain St. Lawrence County death records by completing a Death Request form and submitting it to the New York Department of Health at:

Vital Records (Certification Unit)
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602