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Yates County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Yates County Information

The state of New York is the home state of Yates County. A local census found that Yates County had 25,348 inhabitants in 2010. The current county seat is Penn Yan.

It was formed in 1823.

The name is in honor of Joseph C. Yates, who, as Governor of New York, signed the act establishing the county.

Yates County is included in the Rochester, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Yates County Arrest Records

Arrest records are kept on every crime in Yates County. Every crime in Yates County is separated into two groups in the crime report. The groups in question are violent crimes and property crimes. Property crimes can include burglary, vehicle theft, and larceny. Robbery, aggravated assault, murder, and forcible rape make up the violent crime category. There were three violent and 69 property crimes in Yates County in 2018. Yates County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at:

Yates County Sheriff’s Office
227 Main Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone: (315) 536-4438
Fax: (315) 536-5191

Yates County Criminal Records

Yates County reports criminal activities in criminal records. These records cover murders, rapes, burglaries, arson, motor vehicle theft, assaults, and crimes of sexual nature. The records of criminals in Yates County are consistently kept up-to-date. To get access to the records in question, Yates County inhabitants can use a search tool. Anyone on release or in jail can be searched for using the tool. Yates County sex offender register is updated constantly. These include any offender living, attending school, working, or imprisoned in the Yates County area. All Yates County occupants may access an up-to-date copy of this register.

Citizens of Yates County also have the right to search for nearby offenders. A zip code provided by the resident acts as the focal point of a search. All offenders within that area will then be revealed to the searcher. Specific offenders can also be found using the search tools in Yates County. Non-compliant and incarcerated offenders are also shown in the results.

Yates County Court Records

The county courthouse is in charge of the courts in Yates County. The court clerk maintains all Yates County court records. The Court of Appeals has the power to oversee any lower court case in which one party appeals in New York. The 62 superior and trial courts across the 62 counties, including Yates County, are managed by the Court of Appeals. To access court records in Yates County, a person must enquire at:

Yates County Courthouse
415 Liberty Street
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone: (315) 536-5126
Fax: (315) 536-5190

NOTE - Common court records in Yates County can usually be delivered by mail, email, or fax once payment is received. Conversely, all official records can only be sent via mail in Yates County.

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Yates County Public Records

Every Yates County resident, and New York resident for that matter, has vital records kept on them. These documents record a person's most pivotal life events. These records are vital records on divorces, marriages, births, deaths, and more. Counties such as Yates County help to collect these files. Yates County may be put in charge of collecting and sending copies to the state.

In New York, marriage records are currently obtained by every last individual county clerk. All records are kept by the New York State Vital Records. The key vital records collected by the state are birth certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees, marriage licenses, divorce certificates, marriage certificates, and more. All vital state records are saved in one central registry. These records can then be used for statistical analysis.

The general public in Yates County can access all public records. The state of New York passed the Freedom of Information Law back in 1974, meaning that members of the public now have the fundamental right to access any public records. The law was repealed and replaced in 1977 with a significantly changed law. Locals can purchase copies of public records in person at:

Yates County Clerk's Office
417 Liberty Street #1107
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone: (315) 536-5120
Fax: (315) 536-5545

NOTE - If a person wants to obtain records in-person, they must follow several rules in Yates County. Yates County inhabitants must get records between 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST (September to June); 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. EST (July-August) from Monday to Friday. To obtain records in Yates County, photo identification is needed. Examples are state IDs or driver's licenses. Only records access applications put in writing will be accepted in Yates County.