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Douglas County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

The Nebraska Crime Commission collates crime data for all the counties in the state. The most recent annual crime report for Douglas County is for 2017. In that year, the county recorded 3,078 violent offenses and 18,396 property crimes. Compared to figures for 2013, these represent a 19.7% jump in violent crime rate and a 10.4% drop in property crime rate.

A closer look at the 2017 violent crime data reveals that there were 31 criminal homicides, 425 forcible rapes, 635 robberies, and 1,986 aggravated assaults in Douglas County. Incidences of property crimes include 2,333 burglaries, 12,380 larcenies, 3,620 motor vehicle thefts, and 63 arsons. The most recent five-year crime trend for the county reveals that rape (113.6%) and aggravated assault (24.2%) rates rose while homicide (31.1%) and robbery (12.8%) rates fell. Between 2013 and 2017, burglary (39%), larceny (7.7%), and arson (25%) rates fell while there were higher incidences of motor vehicle theft (12.8%).

Criminal Records

The Records Division of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office provides background checks. Initiate a request by downloading, completing, and mailing a Background Check Request Form. Include a check covering the fee for the service. Make this check payable to Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Send your request by mail to the Records Division located at:

1616 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Requesters can also visit the Records Division and make their requests in-person. The Records Division is located at the address above. Credit and debit cards are accepted for in-person requests made over the counter. The Sheriff charges members of the public and businesses requesting background checks $10 per check. The service is free for law enforcement agencies.

The same fee structure applies to requests for Sheriff’s reports. Call the Records Division at (402) 599-2608 to ask about the availability of incident and accident reports. The Douglas County Sheriff accepts credit and debit card payments for report fees. To obtain these reports, visit the Records Division at 1616 Leavenworth Street or:

Douglas County Law Enforcement Center
3601 North 156th Street
Omaha, NE6 8116

While the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office registers and verifies sex offenders living in the county, their information goes to the central Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. Use the various search tools on the website to find registered sex offenders living in Nebraska County. The Name Search tool is for finding individual offenders by their first and/or last names. To see a list of all sex offenders in Douglas County, use the Region Search tool. The Location tool is for finding offenders living 1 – 3 miles around a specific address.

The Douglas County Department of Corrections operates the county jail. This location of the county jail is 710 South 17th Street, Omaha. To contact the jail, call the Operator’s desk at (402) 444-7400. The Department of Corrections provides a handy inmate locator tool online to help the public find persons incarcerated in the county jail.

Friends and family can deposit money into inmate accounts in person at the Public Teller Window located at 710 South 17th Street, Omaha between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. every day. Accepted forms of payment include cash, money order, certified check, and cashier’s check. The Department of Corrections allows only one deposit per person per day.

Court Records

Here are the locations and contact information of all the courts in Douglas County:

Douglas County District Court
Hall of Justice
1701 Farnam Street, 5th Floor, Room 600
Omaha, NE 68183
(402) 444-7004

County Court of Douglas County – Criminal/Traffic Division
Hall of Justice
1701 Farnam Street, 2nd Floor
Omaha, NE 68183
(402) 444-5387

County Court of Douglas County – Probate Division
Hall of Justice
1701 Farnam Street, 3rd Floor
Omaha, NE 68183
(402) 444-7152

County Court of Douglas County – Civil/Small Claims Division
Douglas County Civic Center
1819 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68183
(402) 444-5424

The Douglas County District Court is also the Fourth District Court of Nebraska and incorporates the county’s Juvenile Court. The Clerk of the District Court maintains the records of this court and puts them online on the Justice Search portal of the website of the Nebraska Judicial Branch. Note that there is a $15 fee for each search conducted on this portal. To obtain copies of court records, visit or mail a written request to:

The Clerk of the District Court
300 Hall of Justice
1701 Farnam Street, 3rd Floor
Omaha, NE 68133

Call ahead before visiting the Clerk’s Office to ensure the records you want are available and retrieved from the archives. Contact the Clerk’s Office for copies. For photocopies of records, call (402) 444-7619 for price information. Call (402) 440-7613 to ask for the fees for certified and authenticated copies.

Contact the Clerk of the Douglas County Court to request records for that court. Visit the Clerk’s Office at 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha or call (402) 444-5387.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

Vital Records

The Clerk of the District Court maintains all divorce decrees filed in Douglas County. To obtain copies of your divorce record, come to the Clerk’s office on the third floor of the Hall of Justice building located at 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha. You can also call the office at (402) 444-7018.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services also issues divorce certificates to qualifying individuals. Download a Divorce Certificate Application and send it to:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Vital Records
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

Make sure to include a photocopy of a government-issued photo ID and a check or money order for $16 payable to Vital Records.

The Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller’s Office maintains all marriage records for the county. Its records for marriage licenses issued from 1988 to the present are online. Use the Marriage License Search tool to find yours. If the record is unavailable online, call the Clerk’s Office at (402) 444-6080 or send an email to marriage@douglascounty-ne.gov.

To obtain copies of marriage licenses, start by downloading the an Application Form. Complete and mail this to:

Douglas County Clerk
1819 Farnam Street, H-08
Omaha, NE 68183

Include a photocopy of a photo ID as well as cash, check, or money order for copy fees. Make check or money order payable to Douglas County Clerk. The fee for each certified copy of a marriage license is $9 while each non-certified copy is 25 cents.

The Douglas County Health Department issues birth and death certificates for events that occurred in the county. Qualified individuals can request for these records in person by visiting the Health Department office located at Room H-01 of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center Building at 1819 Farnam Street.

To request for a birth or death certificate by mail, download, complete, and sign an Application for Certified Copy of Birth Certificate or Application for Certified Copy of Death Certificate. Mail this to:

Douglas County Health Department
Vital Statistics
H-01 Civic Center
1819 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68183

Include a stamped self-addressed envelope, photocopy of a government-issued photo ID, and a check or money order for fees made out to DCHD.

The fee for each certified copy of a birth certificate is $17. The Department of Health charges $16 for each certified copy of a death certificate. Amendments to these certificates also attract a $16 charge.