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What are Wapello County Arrest Records?

Wapello County arrest records are documents that contain reports and information of arrests, carried out in the county. The arrest reports include the arrested person’s data and the circumstances that led to the arrests. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for law enforcement in the county. Individuals interested in obtaining arrest records of Wapello County can contact the office of the Wapello County Sheriff between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays at:

330 West 2nd Street
Ottumwa, IA, 52501
Phone: (641) 684-4350
Fax: (641) 682-1414

Crime Statistics

Crime statistics for Wapello County in 2017 as published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation show that the county recorded 22 violent crimes and 186 property crimes. Per the crime category, there were zero murders, two rapes, two robberies, 20 aggravated assaults, 80 burglaries, 96 larceny-thefts, 17 motor vehicle thefts, and two arsons. It is important to note that the crime statistics provided by the FBI may not reflect the county’s exact crime data.

Wapello County’s estimated crime rate as of 2017 was 593.91 crimes per 100,000 population. This rate represented an estimated 50% increase in the crime rate from the rate recorded in 2014 and 2016. In 2017, violent crimes increased from the previous year, while property crimes decreased in the same span.

What are Wapello County Criminal Records?

Wapello County criminal records are official documents that provide detailed information about a person’s criminal history. Records are public records available upon requests to individuals, criminal justice agencies, and non-criminal justice agencies. The Iowa Department of Public Safety, through its Division of Criminal Investigation, maintains and issues criminal history information to requesters. Iowa state criminal records include an individual’s criminal court records and arrest records. However, the law of the state of Iowa mandates a requester to produce a signed release authorization to access completed deferred judgment information and arrests over 18 months.

How Do I Get Wapello County Criminal Records?

The Iowa Department of Public Safety, through its Division of Criminal Investigation, maintains and issues criminal history information for Wapello County. Individuals requesting criminal history information would be required to pay a fee of $15. Individuals can request Iowa Criminal Records by post mail, fax, or in person. Individuals can obtain criminal records by submitting a duly completed Criminal History Request form and Criminal History Billing form in person, by post mail or fax to the:

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

Requesters would have to provide a government-issued photo I.D. They may also have to provide a signed release authorization depending on the type of criminal records requested.

How to Find Wapello County Sex Offender Information?

The Iowa Department of Public Safety maintains the sex offender registry for the state. Individuals can search online to locate sex offenders in Wapello County. Anyone in need of sex offender information can search the repository by the first name or last name of the sex offender. Available data on sex offenders include name, aliases, age, race, sex, date of birth, height, weight, photograph, residence, and a brief description of the crime(s) committed.

The Sex Offender Registry is accessible for free. Individuals can sign up for email alerts to get up-to-date sex offender information. Email updates help residents track sex offenders in their locality. The Iowa Sex Offender Registry is updated hourly during business hours every weekday.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Wapello County Jail?

Wapello County jail allows individuals to visit inmates incarcerated at the facility, which is at:

330 West 2nd Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Visitation at the county jail is through telephone and video devices in the Jail Lobby. Visiting hours at the Wapello County jail are Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals visiting the county jail would have to present their photo I.D. before entering the jail facility. All visitors would have to be on the inmate’s approved visitation list. However, children below three years need not be on the approved lists of inmates. Individuals can call (641) 684-4350, where they need more information on visiting an inmate at the Wapello County jail.

Where and How to Find Wapello County Inmate Information?

The Wapello County Sheriff department maintains the Wapello County jail and keeps a registry of inmates incarcerated. Wapello County inmates’ information is available to the public. Contact the jail facility to obtain inmate information.

What are Wapello County Court Records?

Wapello County court records are public records available to requesters upon request. Requesters can obtain Wapello court records by contacting the clerk of Wapello County court at:

101 West 4th Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: (641) 683-0060

The Wapello County Court clerk maintains the records and dockets of the Wapello County Court.

Requests to the Wapello County court clerk can be made in person or by mail. Requesters will have to pay the required fees for obtaining copies of Wapello County court records. Requesters who seek information about Wapello County court proceedings can access them online through the Iowa Courts Online Search or the Iowa court eFile system. They can also obtain records of Wapello County court proceedings through the public terminal at the Wapello County Courthouse.

Location of All Courts in Wapello County

There is only one court in Wapello County. Below is the address and contact information of the court:

Wapello County District Court
101, West 4th Street
Ottumwa, IA, 52501
Phone: (641) 683-0060

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What are Wapello County Vital Records?

Wapello County’s vital records contain official documentation of life events that occurred within the county. The events recorded include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The Vital Statistics department of the Iowa Department of Public Health maintains marriage, birth, and death records that occur in the state of Iowa.

Wapello County divorce records are public records. The Wapello County Court clerk maintains and issues records of divorces granted in the county. Requesters would have to pay a fee for obtaining the vital records of Wapello County. Individuals can access these vital records in person, by post mail, or by telephone.

Where and How to Get Wapello County Divorce Records?

Wapello County divorce records are public records. They are available to the public upon request. The Wapello County Court Clerk maintains the records and dockets of the Wapello County Court. Requesters can obtain information on divorces granted in the county by contacting the Clerk of Wapello County Court at:

101 West 4th Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: (641) 683-0060

Requesters would have to pay prescribed fees to obtain divorce records. They would also need to provide the following information:

  • Full name of the first party
  • Full name of the second party
  • The month, day, and year of the divorce

Requesters of certified copies of Wapello County divorce records would have to present their valid government-issued photo I.D.

Where and How to Get Wapello County Marriage Records?

The Vital Statistics department of the Iowa Department of Public Health maintains a central registry for marriages. Individuals requesting marriage records would have to provide the following information:

  • Full name of parties
  • Date of the marriage
  • Place of event

Requesters would have to pay $15 and also present valid government-issued photo I.D. to obtain the records.

Requesters can request marriage records from the Iowa Department of Public Health by submitting a duly completed Request Form in person, or by post mail alongside a cheque or money order for requisite fees to the:

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

Individuals submitting requests for records through post mail would have to notarize their signatures. Requesters can also obtain marriage records from the Wapello County Recorder by submitting a duly completed Request Form in person, or by post mail alongside a cheque or money order for requisite fees to the:

Wapello County Recorder
Wapello County Courthouse
101 West 4th Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Where and How to Get Wapello County Birth Records?

The Vital Statistics department of the Iowa Department of Public Health maintains a central registry for all births. Individuals can obtain certified copies of birth certificates upon request at a fee of $15. Requesters would have to provide the following information to access the records:

  • Full name at birth of the subject of the records
  • The date of birth of the person named on the records
  • The county of birth of the record’s subject
  • The name of the parents of the subject of the documents, including the mother’s maiden name
  • Relationship of the requester to the subject of the birth records

Requesters can request birth records by submitting a duly completed Request Form alongside a cheque or money order for requisite fees, in person, or by mail to the:

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

Individuals requesting birth records through post mail would have to notarize their signatures. Requesters can also obtain birth records from the Wapello County Recorder by submitting a duly completed Request Form in person, or by post mail alongside a cheque or money order for requisite fees to the:

Wapello County Recorder
Wapello County Courthouse
101 West 4th Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Where and How to Get Wapello County Death Records?

The department of Vital Statistics under the Iowa Department of Public Health maintains a central registry for all deaths occurring in the state. The Department of Public Health would only issue a certified copy of a death certificate to the following eligible requesters:

  • Spouse of the deceased
  • A Sibling or siblings of the deceased
  • Grandparents of the dead person
  • Children of the deceased
  • Legal Guardian of the deceased
  • A legal representative of any of the persons stated above.

Requesters can obtain certified copies of death certificates for $15. They would have to provide the following information to access the records:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • The deceased’s date of death
  • The place of death
  • Relationship of the requester to the subject of the birth records

Eligible requesters can request death records by submitting a duly completed Request Form in person, or by mail to the:

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

Requesters can also obtain death records from the Wapello County Recorder by submitting a duly completed Request Form in person, or by post mail alongside a cheque or money order for requisite fees to the:

Wapello County Recorder
Wapello County Courthouse
101 West 4th Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Individuals requesting death records through post mail would have to notarize their signatures.

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