DeKalb County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Crime data for DeKalb County are available from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). A quick look at the violent crime statistics for the county shows that there were 98 murders, 169 rapes, 1,535 robberies, and 2,060 assaults in 2017, the most recent year with available records. Larceny was the leading property crime in DeKalb County in 2017 with 20,853 incidents. There were also 6,000 burglaries and 3,729 vehicle thefts.
Compared to 2016 crime statistics, the county reported higher rates of murder (18.1%), rape (3.7%), assault (3.7%), and larceny (2.7%) in 2017. In contrast, robbery (21.3%), burglary (15.8%), and vehicle theft (14.5%) rates declined in the same period.
In accordance with Georgia law, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office makes its non-confidential records available to the public. These include police reports such as incident and accident reports. To obtain any of these, complete the online Open Records Request Form. The Sheriff’s Office can deliver requested records by mail, fax, and email. Enquirers can also pick them up at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters located at:
4415 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Sexual Offender Registration Unit of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for registering and tracking sex offenders in the county. The Sheriff provides a simple search tool for finding registered sex offenders in the county. To use this local resource, visit the county’s OffenderWatch page. Use the search tool to find registered sex offenders in different areas of the county.
Another way to find information about registered sex offenders in DeKalb County is via the Georgia Sex Offender Registry maintained by the GBI. Visit the Bureau’s Sex Offender Search page to find offenders by name and other information like offense type, race, and gender.
The DeKalb Sheriff’s Office is also responsible for maintaining inmate records for the county. To locate individuals booked into any of the jails in the county, use the simple inmate lookup tool on the Sheriff’s website.
DeKalb County has a publicly accessible online portal for case records from all of its courts. These include the county’s Superior, State, and Magistrate courts. Visit the DeKalb County Judicial Information System to access documents from these courts. Use the Search Hearing tool to find specific court hearings and the Smart Search tool to find other court records. Save time and filter your search result by using the Advanced Search tool when accessing the database. Besides filtering search result by court, users can also find documents quicker by providing filing date, names of individuals or businesses involved, and case type.
The Vital Records Office of the DeKalb County Board of Health is the agency responsible for issuing copies of birth and death certificates in the county. This office accepts in-person, mail, and fax requests. To obtain a birth or death certificate, download and complete a Birth Certificate Request Form or a Death Certificate Request Form. Bring it to:
Richardson Health Center
445 Winn Way
Decatur, GA 30030
The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alternatively, fax the completed form to (404) 508-7895. Send amail request to:
DeKalb County Vital Records Office
P.O. Box 639
Decatur, GA 30031
The Vital Records Office charges a non-refundable search fee of $25. This fee covers one certified copy of birth or death certificate if the record is available. Each additional certified copy of the same record ordered at the same time attracts a charge of $5. The Vital Records Office accepts cash and credit card payments for in-person requests. Mail and fax requests must be paid with certified checks and money orders. Make these payable to DeKalb County Vital Records Office.