Forsyth County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Statistics

According to the index crime report published as part of Georgia's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, Forsyth County law enforcement agencies recorded 2,201 reports of index crime offenses in 2017. As per the publication, larceny was the most occurring criminal offense, accounting for 73% of all reported crimes, followed by burglary and motor vehicle theft of which they were 322 and 111 reported incidents respectively, making property offenses the most common crime subset within county limits.

Of all the violent crimes recorded, aggravated assault was the most recurring with 92 reported incidents in the 12-month span. In total, incidents of robbery, rape, and murder constituted only 2% of reported offenses, making them the least occurring crimes in Forsyth.

Criminal Records

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is the state's primary custodian of criminal history information. The Bureau offers fingerprint-based criminal record checks to state residents. At the county level, requests for name and fingerprint-based record checks are processed by the Forsyth County Sheriff's office which also provides law enforcement related services to county residents as well as collates and maintains records and reports of criminal activity within county limits.

How to get Criminal Records

The Permits and Ordinance Unit of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is tasked with responding to requests for criminal history information and background checks which may serve various purposes. Interested persons may obtain criminal records by querying the Unit in person during office hours. For name-based requests, applicants will be required to provide the name, date of birth, gender and social security number of the subject, as well as present a government-issued ID upon making their request. However, fingerprint-based requests require the subject to schedule an appointment with the Ordinance Unit at (770) 781-2105 during which they will be informed about the requirements of the process.

Requestors will also be charged a fee for the record being requested depending on the purpose of the record. Requests for employment, adoption, real estate licenses, and personal use cost $15 per record. However, records for all other purposes attract a fee of $20 and above. The Permits and Ordinance Unit is located at:

Sheriff's Office Headquarters
100 East Courthouse Sq.,
Cumming, GA
(770) 781-2105

How to Get Police Reports

Requests for Forsyth county police and incident reports are processed by the Records & GCIC Units of the County Sheriff's Office. These reports may be requested using the Online Record Request Form, or by making in-person or email queries to the Unit at the Sheriff's office.

The requesting party will be required to provide information regarding the incident such as the names of the persons involved, the date and place of the incident as well as a brief description of the nature of the event. Report requests may be made to:

Records & GCIC Unit
Sheriff's Office Headquarters
100 East Courthouse Sq.,
Cumming, GA soRecordsUnit@forsythco.com

How to find Sex Offender Information

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office maintains a public index of registered sex offenders resident within county limits. Interested persons may view offender information by using the Forsyth County Sex Offender Search Tool with which county residents can search offenders by name, race, gender, city, subdivision and specific location ranges (500ft - 20miles). The office also provides information regarding offender internet and physical identifiers, related criminal histories, and their risk levels. County residents may opt to receive offender-specific email notification by registering with the Sheriff's Office.

How to Get Inmate and Jail Information

All inmate and jail information is managed by the Forsyth County Jail Bureau which is operated by the Sheriff's Office. Interested persons may obtain jail-related information by querying the office in person, or by reviewing the Sheriffs Jail Information Page.

Inmate-specific information may be obtained using the Inmate Inquiry Tool, which features public records of current detainees of the county correctional facility. Using the tool, interested persons may view the inmate's primary charges, arrest date, docket number, court status and dates, and any bond/bail conditions (if applicable). Inmates can be filtered by first or last name, race, gender or booking agency.

Court Records

Where and How to Get Court Records

The Forsyth County Superior Court is concerned with providing legal services to the county and maintaining records of court cases filed and heard within county limits. These records are managed by the office of the Clerk of Courts which disseminates non-confidential court records to interested persons.

County residents may request records of court cases heard by the court from the office of the clerk. To obtain a record, the requestor will be required to provide information regarding the record including the plaintiff/defendant name, the case file number (if known), the approximate date of filing, and the litigant's name. Record requests can be made in person or via mail to:

101 East Courthouse Square
First Floor - Suite 1007
Cumming, GA 30040
clerkofcourt@forsythco.com
Phone: (770) 781-2120
Fax: (678) 807-1381

Alternatively, requestors may self-serve using the Forsyth County Smart Search Record Tool. This will require the user to register on the platform and search for case records by record number or the full name of the plaintiff or defendant.

Location of all Courts in County

Listed below are the addresses and contact information of all the courthouses in Forsyth County, Georgia:

Forsyth County Superior Court
101 East Courthouse Square,
Room 1007,
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 781-2120
Fax: (678) 807-1381

State Court of Forsyth County
101 East Courthouse Square,
Room 1007,
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 781-2120
Fax: (678) 807-1381

Forsyth County Juvenile Court
875 Lanier 400 Parkway,
Suite 100,
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 781-3099
Fax: (770) 781-3089

Probate Court of Forsyth County
100 West Courthouse Square,
Suite 008,
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 781-2140
Fax: (770) 886-2839

Forsyth County Magistrate Court
1090 Tribble Gap Road,
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 781-2211
Fax: (770) 844-7581

Municipal Court of Cumming
301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard,
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 781-2002

Vital Records

Forsyth County's vital records are maintained by the Georgia State Department of Public Health, which serves as the central repository of records of vital events that occurred within the state. The Forsyth County Superior and Probate Courts also retain and issue copies of divorce and marriage certificates respectively. However, requests for birth and death records may all be directed to the state department.

Where and How to get Divorce Records

Records of divorces granted by the Forsyth County Superior Court are managed and issued by the office of the Clerk of Courts. Interested persons may access these records by self-serving with the Forsyth County Smart Search Record Tool, or by making in-person or mail requests to the office of the clerk. Whichever the case, the requesting party will be required to know and provide information regarding the divorce including the names of the spouses, the date of filing and the case file number of the record (if known).

In-person and mail requests may be made to:

101 East Courthouse Square
First Floor - Suite 1007
Cumming, GA 30040
clerkofcourt@forsythco.com
Phone: (770) 781-2120
Fax: (678) 807-1381

Where and How to get Marriage Records

The Forsyth County Probate Court is tasked with issuing marriage licenses and retaining marriage records. Interested persons may request copies of these records by making in-person queries to the Probate court, courthouse during office hours.

To obtain a record the requestor will be required to present a government-issued ID as well as information pertaining to the marriage such as the names of the spouses (including any maiden names), the date and place of the marriage, as well as the marriage certificate number (if known). Requests may be made to:

Forsyth County Probate Court
100 West Courthouse Square,
Suite 008
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: (770) 781-2140
Fax: (770) 886-2839

Where and How to get Birth and Death Records

The Vital Records Unit of the Georgia Department of Public Health maintains all birth and death certificates and issues them to eligible persons. As per state laws, only the registrant, their immediate family member, legal representative, and authorized persons may access birth certificates or death records from the department.

Interested and eligible persons may request these records using a Birth Record Request Form or a Death Record Request Form. The applications must be completed, notarized, accompanied by the indicated fees and ID requirements and delivered via mail or in-person to:

State Office Of Vital Records
1680 Phoenix Blvd.
Suite 100,
Atlanta, Ga 30349
Phone: (404) 679-4702