Collin County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The most recent crime statistics for Collin County shows that there were 435 violent crimes and 4,428 property crimes in the county in 2015. Compared to the previous year, violent crime rate rose by 11.8% while property crime rate fell by 6%. Aggravated assault was the most prominent violent crime with 254 incidents. In the same year, Collin County also recorded 101 rapes, 78 robberies, and 2 murders. A breakdown of property crime data shows that there were 3,561 cases of larceny, 635 burglaries, 232 motor vehicle thefts, and 13 arsons. Between 2014 and 2015, there were fewer cases of murder (60%), robbery (12.4%), burglary (8.8%), larceny (5.5%), motor vehicle theft (6.5%), and arson (31.6%). Collin County recorded higher incidents of rape (21.7%) and aggravated assault (19.8%) in the same period.
Collin County does not keep county-wide crime and arrest records. Rather, these are available from the different law enforcement agencies in the cities and towns making up the county. Find the contact information of the various police departments in these municipalities on the Police Records webpage of the county's website
The Collin County Sheriff's Office only registers sex offenders living in the unincorporated areas of the county as well as municipalities without police departments. It makes this registry publicly available on its website. Head to the OffenderWatch webpage to search for registered sex offenders living in such areas of county. The search tool on the webpage allows citizens to conduct a map search and see sex offenders living within one mile of the addresses provided.
The various police departments of the cities and towns in Collin County also maintain sex offender registries. These departments as well as the county sheriff's office forward their databases to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). By state law, TxDPS maintains an up-to-date registry of all sex offenders in the various counties of Texas. It makes this state-wide database available for public use on its website. Use the search functions on the TxDPS Public Sex Offender Registry webpage to find individual sex offenders by name and identify those living in certain Collin County neighborhoods and around college and university campuses.
Collin County Sheriff's Office is also responsible for keeping inmate records for all persons booked into the county's jails. It provides an inmate locator tool on its website to help find individuals by name. Use it to search for current inmates and those released in the last 24 hours. It is also possible to locate inmates by using the Jail Records page of the Collin County Court search portal. There is a separate portal for finding Jail Bond Records.
All records for District Courts, County Courts at Law, Probate Courts, and Justice Courts in Collin County are available on the county government's website. To find criminal, civil, family, and probate case records, use the Case Online Search portal. The Judicial Online Search page trawls a bigger database that includes case records as well as information about inmates, active warrants, and constable civil paper. To find court calendars, head to the appropriate Courts Records Inquiry page.
The online database only covers current and recent court cases. For a historical case search, visit the District Court Clerk or County Court at Law Clerk in charge. Historical cases include all Civil, Probate, and Justice Court cases heard prior to 1984. Criminal cases held between 1800 and 1987 in District Courts also qualify as well as those heard in County Court at Law between 1800 and 1999.
Collin County Court at Law Clerks charge $5 for all record searches conducted at their office. They accept in-person and mail requests for court record searches. Visit or submit a written request to County Court at Law Clerks office at 2100 Bloomdale Rd., Suite 12165, McKinney, TX 75071. Include the appropriate information, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and the search fee as check or money with a mail request.
The Collin County Clerk's Office is in charge of issuing birth and death certificates as well as marriage licenses. To obtain a birth certificate, bring a copy of a Birth Certificate Application (also available in Spanish) to the Clerk's Office at:
Collin County Administration Building
2300 Bloomdale Rd., Suite 2106
McKinney, TX 75071
Or the Plano branch at:
900 E. Park, Suite 140-C
Plano, TX 75074
Both offices open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For mail requests, download and complete this Birth Certificate Application (also in Spanish) and bring it to any of the addresses above. The same procedures apply for death certificates and marriage licenses. To obtain a death certificate, download one of these application forms: Walk-in request (Spanish version) or Mail-in Request (Spanish Version).
The County Clerk charges $23 for each copy of a birth certificate. The fee for the first copy of a death certificate is $21. Each additional copy attracts a charge of $4. The Clerk charges $21 for a marriage license including a certificate.
The Collin County Sheriff's Office accepts requests for open records from the public. Examples of available records include accident reports, offense reports, 911 recording CD, booking fact sheets, and dispatch call log. The Sheriff's Office charges $6, $5, $5, $1, and $3 respectively for these records. Cash, cashier's check, and money order are acceptable modes of payment.
Requests can be made in person and also by mail and email. To ask for these records, first download and complete the Information Request Form. Bring this to the records window in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office located at 4300 Community Avenue, McKinney, TX 75071. The office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.