The Records Division is responsible for receiving and distributing the majority of the Freedom of Information requests for the Sheriff’s Department. In addition, it handles all Sheriff’s Department Information calls and all walk-in requests for service.
The Records Division also serves the public in the area of:
• Statistical reports regarding trends in criminal activity.
• Concealed weapons finger prints, handgun purchase permits & registration.
• Finger printing for licensing and job applicants.
• Accident reports for minor accidents on the roadway and private property.
• Maintenance of a database on inmates booked into the jail including fingerprint records, mug shot pictures and biographical information.
Local Records Checks:
Records checks are sent to the Sheriff Department for several reasons; the most frequent are for employment or housing. When we receive a request by mail we will try to reply to the request within five business days.
UD-10 Accident Report Requests
If you were involved in an accident and you need a copy of the report, go to the following website or give the website information to your insurance company to request the report.
The Clare County Sheriff's Office operates on a live scan fingerprint machine, a machine that digitally scans and transmits fingerprints to the State, who in return sends the results directly to the requesting agency, usually via email within days of receipt.
Costs for prints may vary, depending on reason for prints. Payment is expected at the time of prints, and you must bring your Michigan Driver's License or Identification Card. Additionally, paperwork indicating the reason for prints must be presented.
In order for prints to be electronically submitted, the requesting agency (ex: school) has an identifying Agency Number that is required for transmission. Check with your employer for this number. Bring a notice in writing requesting that you be fingerprinted with the Agency Number, Agency Information, your Name and Information, and Reason for prints (ex: SE for School Employment).
Typically, the machine is available Monday-Friday between 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, excluding holidays. Persons are advised to call ahead to inquire about fees. We do not always have change available, so exact cash, check, or money orders is appreciated. We are unable to accommodate children while you are being fingerprinted, so please make prior arrangements.
Please contact the front office during normal business hours for more information at 989-539-7166.