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McKean County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are McKean County Arrest Records?

McKean County Arrest records are official documents that detail the arrest of an individual suspected of breaking the law. Official arrest records typically contain the individual's name, the date, place where the arrest occurred, and the crime for which the individual was charged.

Different government bodies such as the courts keep copies of arrest records. However, the McKean County Sheriff's Office is responsible for maintaining arrest records and making the records available upon request.

Crime Statistics

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Criminal Justice Information Services Division collates crime reports throughout the country and releases a yearly report on crime in the United States. In a 2018 report, CJIS stated that McKean County's crime rates were 16% lower than the national average. Law enforcement in the county reported 2,164 crimes per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 2,580 crimes per 100,000 people.

Among the crimes committed in McKean County, there were 369 violent crimes and 1795 property crimes per 100,000 residents. This crime rate is, however, relatively higher than the average in Pennsylvania. Comparatively, the state averaged 306 violent crimes and 1,490 crimes per 100,000 residents.

What are McKean County Criminal Records?

McKean County criminal records refer to official documents that detail an offender's criminal history within the county. These records contain reports of arrests, charges brought against the offender, court procedures and judgments, sentences served, or fines paid by the offender.

Law enforcement agencies and courts in McKean County keep copies of criminal records. Under the Right to Know Law, agencies are required to make those records available to interested parties upon request.

How Do I Get McKean County Criminal Records?

Interested parties can get McKean County criminal records by visiting the Sheriff's Office in person, or by mailing a written request. Requesters must provide as many details about the record as possible, to expedite the search. Some necessary information includes:

  • The name on the record
  • The record I.D.
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Charges brought against the offender.

The Sheriff's office address is:

17013 RT. 6,
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: (814) 887-3454

Statewide, the Pennsylvania State Police Force provides public access to criminal records through its Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) program. Members of the public can request certified copies of criminal records by filling out an SP4-164 Form (with a note requesting that the transcript be certified), enclosing a money order for $27 ($22 for the record and $5 for certification), and mailing it to the Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository at the following address:

Pennsylvania State Police
Central Repository 164
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758

Interested parties can also view non-certified copies of criminal records on the PATCH website for free.

How to Find McKean County Sex Offender Information

Parties looking for information on sex offenders in McKean County may query the Pennsylvania State Police Megan's law website. The site permits users to search for sex offenders using various parameters such as zip code, county, or municipality. The website provides information on past and present sex offenders but does not reveal the offenders currently incarcerated in a Pennsylvania prison.

Interested individuals can also register on the website to get updates and email alerts from the Pennsylvania State Police when a newly registered sex offender moves into the neighborhood.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in McKean County Jail?

McKean County jail offers its inmates offsite video visitation services only. Visitors must register on the I.C. Solutions website on the computer or a mobile device. Once registered, visitors can schedule an appointment with an inmate at least 24 hours before the proposed time. The jail permits each inmate, two free video visits every week. Video visitation hours are held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. The address and contact information of the jail is as follows:

McKean County Jail
17013 Route 6
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: (814) 887-2333
Fax: (814) 887-3369

Where and How to Find McKean County Inmate Information

The McKean County Sheriff maintains a record of all inmates serving time in the County Jail. Interested parties can gain inmate information by visiting the Sheriff's office or the County Jail. Interested individuals can also find McKean County inmate information by visiting the Inmate/Parolee Locator provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Researchers will be able to seek out inmates incarcerated in McKean County. To search, requesters must contain some or all of the following information:

  • The inmate's name
  • The inmate's number
  • Race and date of birth
  • Committing county

What are McKean County Court Records?

McKean County court records refer to documents generated by the courts in the county. These documents detail all of the courts' proceedings and rulings. By Pennsylvania law, most court records in McKean County belong in the public domain. The County Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts is responsible for disseminating court records, upon request, to members of the public.

Interested parties can query the Clerk of Courts by visiting the office or sending a written request. The contact details are below:

McKean County Courthouse
500 W Main St.
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: (814) 887-3270

Location of All Courts in McKean County

McKean County Court of Common Pleas
McKean County Courthouse
500 W Main St, P.O. Box 273
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: (814) 887-3270
Fax: (814) 887-3219

McKean County Orphans' Court
500 W Main St
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: (814) 887-3260
Fax: (814) 887-2242

McKean County Magisterial District Court 48-1-01
22 Davis St
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: (814) 368-4075
Fax: (814) 368-4825

McKean County Magisterial District Court 48-3-02
625 E Water St
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: (814) 887-5743
Fax: (814) 887-5431

McKean County Magisterial District Court 48-3-03
1185 E Main St
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: (814) 362-7767
Fax: (814) 362-2411

McKean County Magisterial District Court 48-3-04
116 Fraley St
Kane, PA 16735
Phone: (814) 837-7131
Fax: (814) 837-7134

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What are McKean County Vital Records?

In McKean County, vital records refer to all official documentation of marriages, divorces, births, and deaths. Unlike other government-generated records, vital records are not in the public domain. The information vital records contain is considered sensitive and so the records are only available for eligible requesters.

Within McKean County, eligible parties can request vital records from the Prothonotary and Clerk of Court's office or the Clerk of Orphan's Court. At the state level, requesters can seek vital records from the Office of Vital Records, Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Where and How to Get McKean County Divorce Records

In McKean County, divorce records are obtained from the office of the Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts. The fee for making copies is $0.5 per page, while the cost for certification is $10. Both parties to the divorce will be required to provide the following information:

  • Full names of both parties
  • Date of divorce

Requesters will only be able to find records for divorces granted within McKean County. The address of the Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts is as follows:

McKean County Courthouse
500 W Main St
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: (814) 887-3270

Where and How to Get McKean County Marriage Records

The McKean County Clerk of Orphan's Court is responsible for storing marriage records and making copies available to eligible requesters. A couple seeking a copy of their marriage records can call for a walk-in appointment or send a request by mail. Mail requests must contain the following:

  • The man's full name
  • The woman's full name at the time of application
  • Marriage date
  • Telephone number
  • Envelope - addressed and stamped
  • Money order for $15

The Clerk of Orphan's Court is located at:

500 W Main St
Smethport, PA 16749
Phone: (814) 887-3260
Fax: (814) 887-2242

Where and How to Get McKean County Birth and Death Records

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Vital Records processes all requests for McKean County birth and death records until January 1906. Requesters sending mail requests must complete an Application for Birth Certificate or Death Certificate and enclose a money order for $30. The requester will also need to attach a copy of valid government-issued identification. The address of the Division of Vital Records in Pennsylvania is:

Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
Newcastle, PA 16103-1528
Phone: (724) 656-3100