Adams County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The Colorado Department of Public Safety collates crime data for every municipality in the state. It provides crime statistics as supplied by different law enforcement agencies rather than county totals. The crime figures provided by the Adams County Sheriff's Office are representative of crime trends in the county. In 2017, the Sheriff's Office recorded 606 cases of violent crimes including 7 murders, 164 rapes, 80 robberies, and 355 aggravated assaults. Its property crime figures for the year include 409 burglaries, 1,664 larcenies, 455 frauds, and 924 motor vehicle thefts.

Compared to the 2013 crime data provided by the Adams County Sheriff's Office, overall crime rate grew by 29.8%. A breakdown of violent crime numbers shows that murder rate remained the same between 2013 and 2017 while rape rate grew by 18%, robbery rate went up by 73.9%, and aggravated assault rate rose by 29.1%. Property crime trend in Adams County indicates that burglary (23.4%) rate dipped while larceny (14.4%), fraud (38.3%), and motor vehicle theft (78%) rates increased over the five-year period.

Criminal Records

Criminal background checks for Adams County are available from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This is a Division of the Colorado Department of Public Safety that offers fingerprint-based criminal record reports for all counties of the state. It provides the public with two options to request background checks. The Individual Search option is for conducting quick searches and requires no prior registration. The Account User option requires users to register with the site. There is a non-refundable fee of $6.85 for each search.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office provides copies of criminal justice reports upon request. These include case reports, custody letters, and inmates' jail and medical records as well as case photographs and mugshots. Members of the public can search for active warrants issued by the Sheriff's Office online from its Warrant Search page. To obtain copies of criminal justice reports, complete and submit an Open Records Request. Email an electronic copy of the completed form to or fax it to 720.322.1333. Alternatively, mail a printed copy of the request form to:

Adams County Sheriff's Office
Records Section
4201 E 72nd Avenue, Suite C
Commerce City, CO 80022

For jail records, email the request form to or fax it to 720.685.3880. Send a physical copy of the form to:

Adams County Sheriff's Office
Jail Records
150 N 19th Avenue
Brighton, CO 80601

The Sheriff's Office charges a $5 search fee for each police report or jail record plus 25 cents per page for copy fee. The first copy is free for the victims of a report. Each arrest/in-custody letter costs $10 while a CD containing case photographs costs $5 and there is a $2 fee for each mugshot. Jail video costs $15 per CD as well as a search fee of $30 per hour.

The CBI is the agency responsible for collating, and making public, information about registered sex offenders living in Colorado. Use the search functions of the Colorado Sex Offender Registry to find registered offenders residing in Adams County. Make sure to select Adams from the list of counties on the page. You can search for these individuals by name, address, and zip code.

The county jail is the Adams County Detention Facility located at 150 N. 19th Avenue, Brighton. The Sheriff's Office oversees the operation of the county jail and provides an inmate locator tool online to help the public find individuals incarcerated in this facility.

To deposit money into an inmate's account, use the Detention Facility kiosk to pay cash. Money orders are also accepted. Make these payable to Adams County Detention Facility. To fund an inmate's account by credit card, call (866) 345-1884 or visit

Court Records

The main courthouse in the county is the Adams County Justice Center located at:

1100 Judicial Center Drive,
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: (303) 658-1161

This courthouse houses a District Court and a County Court. Find information about cases heard in this courthouse by completing the Adams County Docket Search webform. To obtain copies of records generated by these courts, contact the Adams County Combined Records Department. This office is also located in the Justice Center building and opens to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

The Records Department also accepts mail requests for court records. Complete a Records Request Form andemail it to Alternatively, send it by mail to:

Adams County Combined Courts
Attention: Records
1100 Judicial Center Drive,
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: (303) 658-1161

The Records Department charges $5 per name for search fee, $5 per document (up to 5 pages) for offsite record retrieval, $10 for offsite file retrieval, and $30 per hour for time-intensive search, research, retrieval, and redaction task. Copy fee for paper documents is 75 cents page while electronic records cost 25 cents per page. Include an additional $20 for certification, authentication, or exemplification of court records. Postage and handling cost 75 cents.

Adams County also has seven Municipal Courts. Below are their addresses and contact information:

Bennett Municipal Court
355 South 1st Street, Bennett, CO 80102
Phone: (303) 644-3249 ext. 1001

Brighton Municipal Court
3401 Bromley Lane, Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: (303) 655-2064
Fax: (303) 655-2168

Commerce City Municipal Court
7887 East 60th Avenue, Commerce City, CO 80022
Phone: (303) 289-3640
Fax: (303) 289-3704

Federal Heights Municipal Court
2380 West 90th Avenue, Federal Heights, CO 80260
Phone: (303) 412-3523

Northglenn Municipal Court
11701 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233
Phone: (303) 450-8701
Fax: (303) 450-8758

Thornton Municipal Court
9551 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229
Phone: (720) 977-5400
Fax: (720) 977-5450

Westminster Municipal Court
3030 Turnpike Drive, Westminster, CO 80030
Phone: (303) 658-2240
Fax: (303) 429-8684

Visit or contact these courts to request their records.

The Adams County Assessor provides a handy property search tool online to help the public find information about different real estate properties all over the county. Find land records by searching by parcel, street, account, or permit number.

Vital Records

The Adams County Combined Records Department is responsible for providing copies of divorce records in the county. To obtain these, submit a completed Records Request Form by email to You can also send it by regular mail to:

Adams County Combined Courts
Attention: Records
1100 Judicial Center Drive,
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: (303) 658-1161

The same fees apply for divorce records as for other court records.

The Clerk and Recorder is the official responsible for issuing marriage and civil union licenses in Adams County. Find these vital records online by using the Adams County Public Records & Recorded Document Search portal. To ask about obtaining physical copies of these licenses, contact the office of the County Clerk and Recorder by visiting 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton or calling (720) 523-6020.

Certified copies of birth and death certificates for Adams County are available from the Vital Records of the Tri-County Health Department. Come to the Greenwood Village office located at Suite 100 of 6162 S. Willow Drive to request for these vital records. This location is open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You can pay for certified copies with cash, check, money order, and credit card.

The Vital Records office also accepts mail requests for these records. Start your request by downloading and completing a Birth Certificate Application (also available in Spanish) or a Death Certificate Application (Spanish). Mail the request along with a photocopy of a valid ID and a check or money order for copy fees to:

Office of Vital Records
6162 S. Willow Drive
Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Fax requests are also acceptable. Fax the completed application, copy of a valid ID, and proof of payment to (303) 221-2906. Vital records charges $20 for thefirst certified copy of a birth or death certificate and $13 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time.Expedited delivery via FedEx is available for an additional $25.