Bucks County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Bucks County does not provide county-wide crime data. However, crime statistics for Doylestown, the county seat are available and representative of trends in the county. Doylestown recorded a murder in 2013, the last year with a complete set of records. It was the municipality's first murder in ten years. Other incidences of violent crimes in the county seat include one robbery and 12 assaults. The most common property crime was larceny with 148 incidents in 2013. The year also recorded 26 burglaries, five motor vehicle thefts, and one arson.
Compared to figures for the previous year, robbery rate declined by 50% in Doylestown while assault rate fell by 20%. Arson rate remained the same but burglary (62.5%), larceny (11.3%), and motor vehicle theft (150%) recorded year-on-year increases.
Pennsylvania laws empower the State Police to keep an up-to-date database of all sex offenders living in the state. To search this database, visit the state's Megan's Law website. There are different ways to search the Pennsylvania's registered sex offender registry on this website. Use the Name Search function to find individual offenders. Access a complete list of sex offenders living in Bucks County by using the County Search tool. Simply select Bucks in the drop-down county list or click the county on the provided map of Pennsylvania.
The Bucks County Department of Corrections is the agency responsible for keeping inmate records in the county. Its provides an inmate lookup tool to help the public find individuals booked into any of the county's correctional facilities. With this, anyone can obtain an inmate's location as well as identifying information simply by providing a first name and a last name.
The Court of Common Pleas of Buck County makes up the county's Judicial System. It hears civil and criminal cases as well as everything from juvenile delinquency to divorce cases. Its records are freely accessible on the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System (UJS) web portal. Use this portal to search for case information. The dockets sheets of Buck County Common Pleas Court are available on a separate portal.
To request for copies of a court record, download and complete a Request Application (also available in Spanish) and submit it to the court that heard the case. The UJS also allows the public to request for electronic case records. For a one-time request, download and complete the Non-Recurring Request Form. Recurring requests need a separate form. The UJS charges $80 per hour for non-recurring public access to electronic court records. Fees for recurring requests vary between $240 and $600 per month.
The Division of Vital Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health is the agency responsible for issuing birth and death certificates in Bucks County. Download and complete an Application for a Birth Certificate (Spanish) or Application for a Death Certificate (Spanish). Send the application along with a photocopy of government-issued photo ID and the required fee to:
Department of Health
Bureau of Statistics and Registries
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
The Division of Vital Records charges a fee of $20 for a copy of a birth or death certificate. Checks and money orders are acceptable with fees made payable to VITAL RECORDS.
The Clerk of the Orphan's Court is responsible for maintaining marriage records in Bucks County. Use the County's online Public Access Portal to search for marriage records. Users need to register with this website before using its search feature. The Clerk accepts requests for certified copies of marriage licenses in person and by mail. First, download the Certified Marriage Certificate form. Bring the completed form, or mail it, to:
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
3rd Floor, Administration Building
Doylestown, PA 18901
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check made payable to "Orphan's Court" with a mail request. The Clerk of the Orphan's Court charges $20 for each certified copy of marriage certificate issued.