Washington County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Criminal Statistics

Washington county crime statistics are compiled and maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center. According to its 2018 report, a record total of 21,772 crimes were reported across various cities. Crimes against persons recorded an increase from 3,272 incidents in 2017 to 4999 in 2018, however, property crimes accounted for nearly 60% of the total crimes committed with more than 12,000 reported incidents. Independently, drug and narcotic violations proved to be popular with 4,399 total reported crimes, while destruction of property and simple assault followed closely behind with 2,425 and 2,306 incidents respectively. Overall, the 2018 data depicts an increase in property crime for the county.

Criminal Records

The Arkansas State Police Department serves as the central repository of state-wide criminal history records. It also processes public requests for criminal records or background checks on persons resident in the state. Similarly, the Washington County Sheriff's Office is the primary generator and custodian of all criminal history information of Washington county residents. As per state laws, all criminal history information falls under the umbrella of public record--unless exempted by law.

How to Get Criminal Records and Arrest Records

Requests for county-based criminal history records and background checks are processed by the Records Department of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Requestors will be provided with the subject's conviction, arrest and misdemeanor history within unincorporated areas of the county. Interested persons may request these records or a background check by contacting the Sheriff's Records Department at (479) 444-5785.

For state-wide criminal history records, requestors would be required to complete an Identification Bureau Record Check Request Form, which must be notarized by the subject of the record or check. The application should be sent along with a payment of $25 and a self-addressed envelope to:

Arkansas State Police, Identification Bureau,
1 State Police Plaza Drive,
Little Rock, AR 72209

State-wide requests will provide supplicants with information regarding felony, misdemeanor arrests, and pending court charges within the state.

How to Get Police Reports

Washington County residents may request copies of police reports by contacting the Records Department of the Washington County Sheriff's Office via mail or phone at:

1155 W. Clydesdale Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 444-5785

How to Find The Sex Offender Registry and Other Sex Offender Information

The Washington County Sex Offenders Register is a sheriff-managed online roster that houses all information regarding registered sex offenders in unincorporated areas of the county and can be accessed by all interested members of the public. Washington County residents may view information of sex offenders resident within their vicinity by searching offenders by name or address and/or register for the Sheriff's Email Alert System, which notifies individuals of nearby offenders.

How to Find Inmate and Jail Information

Detention and inmate information of Washington County is managed by the Detention Division of the Sheriff's Office. Detainee information can be viewed on the Sheriff's detailed inmate roster, while details of recently booked inmates are maintained on the detention intake report. Inmates may be searched by name or booking date. All other information regarding visit schedules and inmate welfare can be viewed on the Information Center of the Detention Division

Court Records

Where and How to Get Court Records

The Office of the Washington County Circuit Clerk maintains and disseminates all court records for civil, criminal and domestic cases. Interested persons may access court records by making in-person requests or sending a written request (which should state all relevant details of the case) to the county clerk at:

280 N College Ave, Ste 302
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 444-1538
Fax: (479) 444-1537

In order to expedite record storage and retrieval, all records are also managed on the Arkansas Administrative Court Connect Website which provides public access to court records and docket filings. Interested persons may view court records by searching the Public CourtConnect by name, business name, judgments, and date.

Location of all courts in the County

Listed below are the locations, contact information and mailing addresses of courts in Washington County:

Washington County Circuit Court
280 N College Ave, Ste 302
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 444-1538
Fax: (479) 444-1537

Washington County District Court - Elkins
201 W 1st Ave,
Elkins, AR 72727
Phone: (479) 643-4170
Fax: (479) 643-3060

Washington County District Court - Elm Springs
289 Jayroe Ave,
P.O. Box 74,
Elm Springs, AR 72728
Phone: (479) 248-7323
Fax: (479) 248-1092

Washington County District Court - Farmington
354 W Main St,
P.O. Box 150,
Farmington, AR 72730
Phone: (479) 267-3865
Fax: (501) 267-5511

Washington County District Court - Fayetteville
176 S Church Ave, #1,
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 587-3591
Fax: (479) 444-3480

Washington County District Court - Greenland
8 E Ross St,
P.O. Box 67,
Greenland, AR 72737
Phone: (479) 521-5760
Fax: (479) 521-7780

Washington County District Court - Johnson
2904 Main Dr,
P.O. Box 563,
Johnson, AR 72741
Phone: (479) 521-3192
Fax: (479) 521-9157

Washington County District Court - Lincoln
101 Arthur Ave,
P.O. Box 967,
Lincoln, AR 72744
Phone: (479) 824-3321
Fax: (479) 824-4126

Washington County District Court - Prairie Grove
955 E Douglas,
P.O. Box 329,
Prairie Grove, AR 72753
Phone: (479) 846-3467
Fax: (479) 846-5548

Washington County District Court - Springdale

City Administration Building
201 N Spring St,
Springdale, AR 72764
Phone: (479) 750-8150
Fax: (479) 750-8564

Washington County District Court - West Fork
262 W Main St,
P.O. Box 339,
West Fork, AR 72774
Phone: (479) 839-3249
Fax: (479) 839-3335

Where and How to Get Bankruptcy and Property Records

All declarations of bankruptcy in Washington County are within the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas. The office of the Clerk of Court is charged with the maintenance and dissemination of the bankruptcy records. Eligible persons may obtain bankruptcy records by sending a written request to:

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Divisional Office
35 E. Mountain Street, Room 316
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479)582-9800

On the other hand, the office of the Washington County Circuit Clerk maintains all property and property-related records including deeds, mortgages, liens, power of attorney, release deeds and other recordable instruments. Interested parties may access property records by querying the circuit clerk's office or by using the county assessors property search tool.

Vital Records

Washington County vital records are maintained and issued by the state Department of Health, and co-managed by the office of the County Clerk and the County Health Department at the county level. Interested and eligible persons may obtain vital records by querying the relevant state or county repositories.

Where and How to Get Divorce Records

Records of divorces granted in Washington County are maintained by the office of the Circuit Clerk. Eligible persons may obtain divorce records making in-person or written requests to the civil division of the Washington County Circuit Clerk. Written requests must state all relevant details of the divorce include the divorcee names and the place and date of divorce, and be sent to:

280 N College Ave, Ste 302
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 444-1538
Fax: (479) 444-1537

Records can also be retrieved from the Arkansas Administrative Court Connect Website which provides public access to court records.

Alternatively, requests can be directed to the Arkansas Department of Health using the Divorce Coupon Application which should be completed and sent along with a money order or cheque payment of $10, and sent to the:

Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

Where and How to Get Marriage Records

Records of marriages licensed in Washington County are housed and disseminated by the County Clerk's Office, which manages a public-access Licenses & Registrations Archive. Requestors are required to have sufficient information about the spouses including their names, possible maiden names as well as the place and date of marriage. Requests may be made in-person or written and delivered via mail to:

280 N College Ave, Ste 302
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 444-1538
Fax: (479) 444-1537

Alternatively, requests can be directed to the Arkansas Department of Health. Applicants may send their requests using the Marriage Coupon Application which should be accompanied by money order or cheque payment of $10, and sent to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

Where and How to Get Birth and Death Records

Copies of birth and death records may be obtained in person from the Washington County Health Department located at:

3270 Wimberly Dr
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 521-8181

Only eligible persons may request these records and may call ahead to make an appointment.

Mail requests may be made to the Vital Records Division of the Arkansas Department of Public Health. Eligible persons may complete a birth application or death application and send completed forms along with any acceptable ID and a cheque or money order payment of $12 for birth records or $10 for death records to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205