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Clinton County

Crime Numbers

In the year 2017, Clinton County recorded a total of 328 crimes. According to law enforcement agencies, the county recorded 38 violent crimes and 126 property crimes in the county. The violent crimes reported in Clinton County include 2 murders and 36 aggravated assaults, while property crimes reported include 38 burglaries, 78 larcenies, and 10 motor vehicle thefts.

Compared to the 2012 crime figure for the county, these numbers indicate violent crimes increased by 65%, and property crimes increased by 15%. Between 2017 and 2012, there was a 64% increase in aggravated assaults, 28% decline in burglaries, 30% increase in larcenies, and 90% increase in motor vehicle theft. There was 1 rape reported in 2012, but none reported in 2017.

Criminal Records

The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) of the Iowa Department of Public Safety is the central repository of criminal history reports and criminal records for all counties in Iowa. The public can access criminal records in the form of a Criminal Background Record. Accessing criminal records depends on whether or not the subject of the application has signed the authorization to release the record on the Criminal History Record Check Request Form.

How Do I Get Clinton County Criminal Records?

The DCI charges $15 per name to search criminal history records. Criminal history records can be obtained in three ways: by mail or fax, in person, or online.

To obtain a criminal history record by mail or fax, a requester must complete both the request form and billing form. For each last name submitted, a separate request form must be filled. However, just one billing form is required for making several requests at once.

Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to:

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
Support Operations Bureau 1st Floor
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 725-6066
Fax: (515) 725-6080

To obtain a criminal history record in person, visit the office at:

215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA
Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A request is processed immediately if the subject of the application makes the request. If a third party makes the request, it may take longer for the record to be processed. A government-issued photo ID is required.

A criminal history record can be obtained online by visiting the Iowa Criminal History Record Check website. Interested parties can make requests via mail, fax, or in person.

How Do I Get Clinton County Sex Offender Information?

The Iowa Sex Offender Registry is a centralized database of sex offenders and maintained by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It can be accessed by members of the public free of charge. To access this information, an interested party can search the sex offender registry website or submit a request to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office at:

Clinton County Law Center
241 Seventh Avenue North
Clinton, IA 52732
Phone: (563) 242-9211
Phone: (800) 462-6530
Fax: (563) 242-6307

The Sheriff’s Office requires the subject’s name and one or more of the following information:

  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Address
  • Internet Identifier
  • Telephone Number

How Do I Get Clinton County Jail Inmate Information?

There is just one jail facility in Clinton County. It is located at 241 Seventh Avenue North, Clinton. The contact phone number is (563) 242-9211, and fax number is (563) 242-6307. The Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission inspects the Clinton County jail.

Information about the current inmates in custody is available to help the public find individuals incarcerated in these facilities. Money is not accepted on behalf of an inmate by the staff of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. Friends and family who want to send money to an inmate have to use the cashier machine at the Law Center lobby of the Clinton County Jail. The machine accepts cash and credit or debit cards.

Court Records

Clinton County operates one district court. The court has general jurisdiction over juvenile, civil, criminal, and probate claims in the county. Its contact details are listed below:

612 North 2nd Street
P.O. Box 2957
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-6213

How Do I Get Clinton County Court Records?

To obtain a court record, an interested party can carry out an online search on the Iowa Courts website. Court records can also be obtained via mail or in-person from the District Court Clerk of the Clinton County at:

612 North 2nd Street
P.O. Box 2957
Clinton, IA 52732
(563) 243-6213

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Vital Records

Clinton county vital records refer to documents containing information regarding vital events that occur within county limits. These documents include marriage, divorce birth, and death records which are available to interest and eligible persons on request. The eligibility requirements for accessing these records vary depending on the record.

Where and How to Get Clinton County Divorce Records

Divorce records are administered by the District Court Clerk of Clinton County. These records can be obtained via mail or in person. Information required to obtain a divorce record include the names of the divorced parties, date and place of divorce, case number of the record, and a copy of the requester’s government-issued ID.

Where and How to Get Clinton County Marriage Records

Marriage records are managed by the Clinton County Recorder and the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Statewide marriage records from 1954 to date are available with the Clinton County Recorder. Each copy of a marriage record costs $15. A written request signed by a Public Notary is required to request marriage records in the county. The Clinton County Recorder’s Office is located at:

Clinton County Administration Building
1900 North Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
Phone: (563) 244-0565
Fax: (563) 242-8412

New Satellite Location:

226 11th Street
DeWitt, IA

Where and How to Get Clinton County Birth and Death Records

Clinton County birth and death records can be requested from the Iowa Bureau of Health Statistics online, by telephone, via mail, or in person.

To obtain a copy of a Clinton County birth or death record via mail, the Application for an Iowa Vital Records form should be completed and notarized. Enclose a clear photocopy of a government-issued ID. Each certified copy of the record costs $15 payable with a check or money order. Make the check, or money order out to the ‘Iowa Department of Public Health’. All mail requests should be sent to:

Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Statistics
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

In-person requests can be made at the Bureau of Statistics office at:

Lucas State Office Building,
1st Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Birth records between 1880 - 1920 and 1942 to date are available at the Clinton County Recorder’s Office. The Bureau of Health Statistics has birth records from 1921 - 1941. Also, unwed births, adoption records, and legal name changes before 1990 must be obtained from the Bureau of Health Statistics.

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