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Wayne County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What are Wayne County Arrest Records?

Wayne County arrest records are documents that contain data on arrest frequency following criminal activity in the county. These records also contain the incidences leading to an individual’s arrest. Other details may include arrest location, photographs, names, physical descriptions, and charges. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is the law enforcement agency of the county that generates arrest records. To obtain arrest records, visit the:

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-2641
Fax: (570) 253-4092

It should be noted that arrest records are not the same as criminal records. That is because while arrest records disclose only the details of an alleged crime based on investigation done, the criminal records reveal a convicted individual’s entire history.

Crime Statistics

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General publishes the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting system (UCR) records. This records crime statistics across Pennsylvania compiled by the Pennsylvania State Police. In 2018, Wayne County recorded a total number of 496 crimes, including 61 violent crimes and 435 property crimes. The violent crimes include 5 murders, 30 rapes, 4 robberies, and 22 aggravated assaults. Property crimes reported include 89 burglaries, 320 larcenies, 23 motor vehicle thefts, and 3 arsons. Over a 5-year period, Wayne County recorded a massive decline in total crimes reported. Between 2014 and 2018, there was a decline in 5 out of 8 major crimes reported. Robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and arson rates declined by 20%, 21%, 54%, 30%, and 57% respectively. Murder, rape, and motor vehicle theft rates increased by 400%, 67%, and 15% respectively.

What are Wayne County Criminal Records?

Criminal records in Wayne County are public records containing information of all criminal convictions of individuals in the county. Criminal records include information such as arrest reports, police reports, incarcerations, convictions, warrants, and records of probation. The Pennsylvania State Police is the central repository for criminal records in Pennsylvania.

How Do I Get Wayne County Criminal Records?

Criminal records can be obtained online and via mail. Pennsylvania state criminal records are accessible on Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History (PATCH). This is an online portal that allows interested individuals to perform criminal history checks for free. Mail-in requests for criminal records can also be made by completing the Criminal History Request Form (SP4-164) and the Criminal History Request Form: Volunteer Only (SP4-164A). The completed form should be mailed to:

The Pennsylvania State Police
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758

An SP4-164 request by mail should be submitted along with a processing fee of $20 and a notarization fee of $5. The fee is payable in either cheque or money order form. SP4-164A requests are free.

How to Find Wayne County Sex Offender Information

Information regarding sex offenders in Wayne County can be accessed on the Pennsylvania State Sex Offender Registry. The Pennsylvania State Police is charged with maintaining the registry. The online database contains information of persons convicted of sexual crimes. It is updated regularly to spread awareness within the county. The registry includes the following sex offender names information:

  • Full name and aliases, if any;
  • Date of birth;
  • The street address, city, county, and zip code of all residences;
  • Information about any institution where the offender is enrolled as a student;
  • The offender’s employment location;
  • The offender’s photograph, which is updated annually;
  • Summary of the sex offense committed by the offender; and
  • Date of conviction, if available.

Residents of Wayne County can search the registry to obtain information of sex offenders in their neighborhood. The registry provides several search criteria that can be utilized. Residents can also sign up to get regular email notifications about sex offenders in their neighborhoods.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Wayne County Jail?

The correctional facility allows friends and family members to carry out video visitation and physical visitation. Interested persons can view the portal for this activity or call (570) 253-5970, extension 4251 or (570) 253-2621. The Wayne County Correctional Facility is located at:

Wayne County Correctional Facility
44 Mid-Wayne Drive
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-5970, extension 4251
Phone: (570) 253-2621
Fax: (570) 253-3928

For information on the current inmate roster, interested persons should call (570) 253-5970, extension 4251, or (570) 253-2621.

What are Wayne County Court Records?

Wayne County Court records comprise information from pre-court proceedings and court proceedings, such as charges, court trials, legal statements, dockets, transcripts, and affidavits. These records are public records that can be obtained by members of the public. The Wayne County Prothonotary is the clerk of the court that administers court records. Requests for court records can be made in person or via mail to:

Wayne County Prothonotary
925 Court Street
Second Floor Annex
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-5970, extension 4030
Fax: (570) 253-0687
Monday - Friday; between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alternatively, the Unified Judiciary of Pennsylvania, provides access to court documents for free at the state level. Requesters would have to download and fill out a request form for paper court case documents. Completed applications should be forwarded to any of the Wayne County magisterial district courts.

Location of All Courts in Wayne County

The Wayne County court system consists of one Court of Common Pleas and three Magisterial District Courts. Below are the various court locations and contact information:

Wayne County Court of Common Pleas
Wayne County Court of Common Pleas
Wayne County Courthouse
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-5970, extension 4030
Fax: (570) 253-0687

Wayne County Magisterial District Courts
Wayne County Magisterial District Court 22-3-01
Hawley Borough Building
94 Main Avenue
P.O. Box 350
Hawley, PA 18428
Phone: (570) 226-4981
Fax: (570) 226-0829

Wayne County Magisterial District Court 22-3-02
Wayne County Courthouse
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-4560
Fax: (570) 251-3629

Wayne County Magisterial District Court 22-3-04
1065 Creamton Drive
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 448-2061
Fax: (570) 448-2057

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What are Wayne County Vital Records

Wayne County vital records are documents that evidence recordings of vital events that occurred within the county. These events include marriage, birth, divorce, and death. Divorce and marriage records are maintained by the Wayne County Prothonotary. The Pennsylvania State Department of Health manages birth and death records. It should be noted that vital records contain confidential information, and they are open only to qualified persons. Consequently, interested parties must apply to the authorized custodians before they can be granted access to these records.

Where and How to Get Wayne County Divorce Records

Wayne County divorce records are maintained by the Wayne County Prothonotary’s Office. A requester will be required to provide the following information:

  • The full names of the divorced parties
  • Petition date
  • Record file number

Divorce record requests can be submitted via mail or in person to the Prothonotary’s Office at:

Wayne County Courthouse
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-5970
Fax: (570) 253-0687

Where and How to Get Wayne County Marriage Records

Wayne County marriage records are managed by the Prothonotary’s Office. To make a request for a marriage record, interested parties are to submit a written request with the following information:

  • The full names of the married couple, before the marriage
  • The date of the marriage
  • The marriage license number
  • The date the marriage license number was issued
  • The location of the marriage

The written request should be submitted in person or via mail to:

Wayne County Courthouse
925 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-5970
Fax: (570) 253-0687

Where and How to Get Wayne County Birth Records

Wayne County birth records are processed by the Vital Records Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Only members of the public who meet the requirements can obtain birth records. Eligible applicants include:

  • The record’s subject
  • Spouse
  • Parent or step-parent
  • Siblings
  • Descendants
  • Grandparent or great-grandparent
  • Grandchild or great-grandchild
  • Power of Attorney
  • Attorney or legal representative

Interested and eligible individuals should complete the Birth Certificate Application. The completed form should be enclosed with a copy of the requester’s government issued photo ID and a payment of $20 and delivered in person or via mail to:

PA Department of Health
Bureau of Health Statistics & Registries
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

Where and How to Get Wayne County Death Records

Wayne County death records can be obtained from the Vital Records Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It can only be obtained by eligible applicants such as the:

  • Spouse or ex-spouse
  • Parent or step-parent
  • Siblings
  • Descendants
  • Grandparent or great-grandparent
  • Grandchild or great-grandchild
  • Power of Attorney
  • Attorney or legal representative
  • Representatives of the decedent’s estate
  • Individual sshowing a direct financial interest to the decedent
  • Government office that has assumed administration of an estate
  • Extended family members who indicate a direct relationship to the decedent

Interested persons should fill-out the Death Certificate Application. The filled-out form, along with a copy of the requester’s government-issued photo ID and a payment of $20 and delivered in person or via mail to:

PA Department of Health
Bureau of Health Statistics & Registries
Division of Vital Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103