Guilford County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
Guilford County recorded a total of 19,216 Part I offenses in 2017, the most recent year with a complete set of crime data. This figure represents a 3.6% jump compared to the crime figure for the previous year and a 4.3% dip compared to the county’s crime total for 2013. A closer look at the 2017 crime numbers reveals that there were 71 murders, 135 rapes, 895 robberies, and 2,073 aggravated assaults. Incidences of property crimes include 3,309 burglaries, 11,535 larcenies, and 1,198 motor vehicle thefts.
The five-year crime trend for Guilford County shows that murder (136.7%), rape (16.4%), robbery (29.5%), aggravated assault (56.9%), and motor vehicle theft (33.4%) rates increased between 2013 and 2017. However, there were fewer cases of burglary (32%) and larceny (5.1%) in the same period.
The Guilford County Clerk of Court issues criminal background checks and reports. To get one, come to Room U-10 of the Guilford County Courthouse located at 201 South Eugene Street, Greensboro, NC. The office opens to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Bring along a photo ID. The Clerk of Court charges $25 for each certified copy of a criminal background check. The fee for an uncertified copy is $2. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, money order, and cashier’s check made payable to the Guilford County Clerk of Superior Court.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office makes some of its records available online. These include criminal incident, arrest, and traffic accident reports. To access these documents, visit the Sheriff’s Office P2C (Police to Citizen) website. Head to the Event Search webpage to view records generated from May 1, 2016 to the present. For older records, contact the local Sheriff’s Office in your district. The phone numbers for the three districts are below:
District 1 – (336) 641-2300
District 2 – (336) 641-2680
District 3 – (336) 641-6691
Visit the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters at 400 W Washington Street, Greensboro or call (336) 641-3694 to ask about obtaining copies of these records. Police reports for incidents involving Greensboro Police Department and High Point Police Department are searchable on different portals (Greensboro PD and High Point PD).
The Sex Offender Registration Section of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for registering all sex offenders living, working, and attending school in the county. It passes these information to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). State law empowers the SBI to collate sex offender information from all counties in North Carolina into one central database. Search the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry to find registered offenders residing in Guilford County. The search tools on the website allows you to locate offenders by street address, name, county, map location, and sex registration number.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office operates the two facilities that make up the county jail. Below are the contact information for these facilities:
Law Enforcement Center
401 West Sycamore Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Phone: (336) 641-3735
High Point Detention Center
507 East Green Drive
High Point, NC 27261
Phone: (336) 641-7907
Friends and family members can deposit money into inmates’ accounts at the reception areas of both facilities between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Cash, cashier’s check, and money order deposits are accepted. Loved ones can also send cashier’s and certified checks as well as money orders by mail.
All civil and criminal cases are heard in two courthouses in Guilford County. These courthouses are in Greensboro and High Point. Both of them house a Superior Court and a District Court. The contact information for these courthouses are:
Guilford County Courthouse
201 South Eugene Street
P.O. Box 3008
Greensboro, NC 27402
Phone: (336) 412-7300
Fax: (336) 412-7302
Guilford County Courthouse – High Point
505 East Green Drive
P.O. Box 2434
High Point, NC 27261
Phone: (336) 822-6700
Fax: (336) 822-6701
To view court records, visit the public terminals located at the Clerk of Court’s Offices at the addresses above. Members of the public can search for cases by defendant name, witness or victim’s name, and case number. The Clerk of Court’s Office also provides physical copies of court records. Visit this office at the addresses above. Note that there are fees for obtaining copies of court records.
The Clerk of Court is the official responsible for maintaining divorce records in Guilford Court. These are also court records that the public can request from the Office of the Clerk of Court. To ask about fees and additional information about obtaining copies of divorce records, contact the Clerk of the Court at (336) 412-7400.
The Register of Deeds is the official in charge of issuing copies of other vital records in Guilford County. These records include birth, death, and marriage certificates. You may obtain these records in person by visiting either the Greensboro or High Point office of the Register. The Greensboro office is located at:
201 West Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Come to the 1st floor for vital records and the 2nd floor for real estate records. The High Point office location is at:
325 East Russell Avenue
High Point, NC 27260
Both offices open to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The fee for each certified copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate is $10 while an uncertified copy costs 50 cents. The first copy of a birth certificate is free for individuals that are 62 years or older. Fees for in-person requests are payable in cash, check, or money order made out to Register of Deeds.
To request for these vital records by mail, send a completed Request Form as well as photocopy of your photo ID and cash or money order covering copy fee to:
Register of Deeds
Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 3427
Greensboro, NC 27402-3427
The Clerk charges $10 for each certified copy of vital record requested. The fee for uncertified copies is $1 per page. Birth certificates are free for applicants aged 62 or older.