Portland Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Police Reports and Arrest Records

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) provides access to different types of police records and reports, including crime statistics, reported bias crimes, traffic fatalities, and dispatch calls.

How to Obtain Public Records

Members of the public can obtain public records via the city's public records request center. Users will need to create an account to use this service. Requests can also be made by sending a completed uniform public records request form to the:

Portland Police Bureau
Records Division
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Room 1126
Portland, Oregon 97204

Written requests must include a check or money order payable to ‘Treasurer, City of Portland.'

How to Obtain Criminal History Information/Background Checks

Interested parties can request criminal clearance letters at the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division of the Oregon State Bureau of Criminal Information. The office provides different instructions for self requests and third party requests.Requests may be made via mail and addressed to:

Oregon State Police – CJIS Division
Unit 11, P.O. Box 4395
Portland, OR 97208-4395

How to Obtain Inmate Information

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSC) is the custodian of all inmate information in the county. It maintains a publically accessible online inmate database that requesters can use to conduct searches, using the subject’s first name and last name. The database provides general inmate data such as the name, age, gender, and pictures of different inmates. It also lists the arresting agency, booking date, assigned facility, projected release date, any existing court cases, and charges. In addition, the Sherrif's office provides general data about correctional facilities in Multnomah County including jail bed statistics, publications, and reports.

COURT RECORDS

The Records Department in the Multnomah Circuit Court serves as the central hub for records storage and processing. Members of the public can access public court records and files by making an in-person application or submitting a completed records request form to the:

Multnomah County Courthouse
Attn: Records
1021 SW 4th Avenue, Room 131
Portland, Oregon 97204

Access to audio recordings can be obtained by making an in-person application or submitting a completed audio copy request to the same address. In addition, the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) offers free online access to court dates and basic case information. Interested parties can also gain access to judgment dockets, court information, and general records from appellate courts, tax court, and trial courts by paying for online access to the Oregon Judicial Case Information Network (OJCIN).

How to Obtain Property Records

The Division of Assessment, Recording, and Taxation in Multnomah County is responsible for providing information on property records. Physical access is available through the public research area at:

501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 175
Portland, OR 97214

VITAL RECORDS

Vital records in the city of Portland can be obtained at the county and state level. This includes birth certificates, death certificates, and records of domestic partnership. Applicants may be restricted from obtaining certified records depending on their eligibility.

How to Find Divorce Records

Divorce records in Multnomah County fall into three categories: divorce index, divorce decrees, and divorce certificates.

Divorce index provides basic information about divorces that occurred in Multnomah County between 1946 and 2008. Requesters can access these records online at the Multnomah County Library. The information provided includes spouses names, dissolution date, divorce certificate number and the name of the county where the divorce was filed.

Divorce Decrees are legal proceedings generated by the Circuit Court. Requests for divorce decrees must be made in writing to the:

Multnomah County Courthouse
Circuit Court
Dissolution of Marriage Records Unit
1021 SW Fourth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204-1123

Divorce certificates are issued by the state for record purposes. The Oregon Centre for Health Statistics processes all requests for certified copies of divorce certificates. To obtain a copy, authorized requesters must send a duly filled and signed divorce record form along with a Government-issued ID and check or money order payable to ‘Oregon Health Authority, Vital Records’ to:

Oregon Vital Records
P.O. Box 14050
Portland OR 97293-0050

Note: The State of Oregon restricts public access to copies of certificates for divorces that were issued in the last 50 years.

How to Find Marriage Records

Certified copies of marriage licenses are issued by the Department of County Management. Requests can be made physically or by mail. Written requests should include a filled and signed copy of the application form and a check or money order mailed to:

ML/DP Records
P.O. Box 2716
Portland OR 97208-2716

The office offers a tiered billing system that varies from $7.75 for one certified copy to $23.75 for five certified copies. In addition to checks, debit and credit cards, cash payments are also accepted for in-person requests. Walk-in applications can be made at:

The Multnomah Building
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Suite 175
Portland, OR 97214

How to Obtain Birth Records

The State of Oregon categorizes birth records according to birth dates. Records for the different categories can be obtained from specific government organizations.

Births less than 6 months

Records for this category can be obtained in person or via mail from the Multnomah County Vital Records. Requests should include a signed and completed birth certificate application form, a government-issued ID and a check or money order sent to:

Vital Records
847 NE 19th Ave, Ste 350
Portland, Oregon 97232
503-988-3745

The office opens between Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Births more than 6 months

Records for this category can be obtained in person or via mail from the Oregon Health Authority. In order to receive a birth certificate, the applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be the person whose name appears on the certificate (15 years or older)
  • The registrant’s spouse
  • The registrant’s domestic partner (registered by the state)
  • The registrant’s child
  • The registrant’s step-child (until the child is 18 years)
  • The registrant’s sibling
  • The registrant’s grand-parent
  • The registrant’s grandchild
  • The registrant’s legal guardian or legal representative

Requests should include a signed and completed birth certificate application form, a government-issued I.D and a check or money order sent to:

Oregon Vital Records
P.O. Box 14050
Portland OR 97293-0050

Walk-in applications are accepted at 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 205, Portland 97232 from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

How to Obtain Death Records

The State of Oregon categorizes death records according to the date of death. Records for the different categories can be obtained from specific government organizations.

Deaths less than 6 months

Records for this category can be obtained in person or via mail from the Multnomah County Vital Records. Requests should include a signed and completed death certificate application form, a valid ID and a check or money order sent to:

Vital Records
847 NE 19th Ave, Ste 350
Portland, Oregon 97232

Deaths more than 6 months

Records for this category can be obtained in-person, via mail, and online from the Oregon Health Authority. Under this category, there are two types of death certificates:

  1. Death certificates stating the cause of death – this can only be applied for by the deceased’s current spouse, domestic partner, a child aged 18 or older, parent, next of kin, legal guardian immediately before death, and government agency acting in an official capacity.

  2. Death certificates not stating the cause of death – this can be applied for by the people mentioned above in addition to the grandparent, grandchild, and sibling.

Requests should include a signed and completed death certificate application form, a valid ID and a check or money order sent to:

Oregon Vital Records
P.O. BOX 14050
Portland, OR 97293-0050