Allegheny County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Crime data for Allegheny are unavailable. However, recent crime figures for Pittsburgh, the county seat are available and representative of crime trends in the county. Pittsburg recorded 57 murders, 100 rapes, 1000 robberies, and 1209 assaults in 2016. Property crime breakdown shows that there were 1,828 burglaries, 7,222 thefts, 818 auto thefts, and 153 arsons in the county in the same year.
Compared to the previous year, these figures show that murder rate remained the same while rape (22%), robbery (16.6%), assault (3.3%), theft (1.8%), and auto theft (36.1%) rates increased. On the other hand, there were fewer incidences of burglary (16.8%) and arson (11%).
Pennsylvania laws empower the State Police to maintain an up-to-date registry of sex offenders living in the state. The State Police makes these records publicly available on the Pennsylvania Megan's Law website. Anyone can search this database to locate registered sex offenders residing in Allegheny County. To find an individual sex offender, use the Name Search function. For a full list of registered sex offenders in the county, head to the County Search page. Select Allegheny from the drop-down list of Pennsylvania counties or click the Allegheny on the county map on the page.
While Allegheny County does not provide a local resource for finding individual booked into its jails, it is still possible to locate inmates in the county through the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Visit the inmate locator tool on the website of the Department of Corrections and search by name and/or inmate number. Select Allegheny from the county list to filter the search and get results for correctional facilities in Allegheny County only.
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas is the major organ of the county's judicial system. It has a Department of Court Records that maintains all of the case documents generated in this court. There are three sections of the Department of Court Records: Civil/Family Division, Criminal Division, and Wills/Orphans' Court Division. To obtain court records from any of these divisions, use the county's online Electronic Filing and Retrieval System. This search portal also provides access to the county's marriage records including marriage licenses. Public users can also use the online portal to request and obtain court records for the county.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is the agency responsible for issuing birth and death certificates in Allegheny County. To obtain one of these records, send a request to the Division of Vital Records. Include a completed copy of an Application for a Birth Certificate (Spanish) or Application for a Death Certificate (Spanish) along with a government-issued photo ID and the required fee. Send the request to:
Department of Health
Bureau of Statistics and Registries
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
The fee for obtaining a copy of birth or death certificate is $20. Send this payment as a check or money order payable to VITAL RECORDS.
Use the county's e-Filing and Retrieval System to conduct an online marriage license search. To search for marriage records, enquirers need to submit their email addresses and pay for search and copy fees with credit or debit cards. It is also possible to obtain marriage records by visiting the Wills and Orphans' Court Records Division located on the first floor of the Allegheny City-County Building. The Records Division charges $4 for using the online search system. The fee for a plain or non-certified copy of a marriage license is also $4. There is $10 fee for searching for and obtaining a Triple Seal certified copy of a marriage license.