Anoka County Arrest, Court, and Public Records
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety publishes annual reports of crime statistics for all the counties and law enforcement agencies in the state. Its latest reports indicate that there were 6 murders, 103 rapes, 115 robberies, and 217 aggravated assaults in Anoka County in 2017. Reported incidences of property crimes include 869 burglaries, 6,688 larcenies, 418 motor vehicle thefts, and 25 arsons.
The five-year crime trend for Anoka County shows that murder (200%), rape (19.5%), robbery (30.7%), and motor vehicle theft (14.5%) rates increased between 2013 and 2017. In the same period, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and arson rates fell by 6.5%, 16.3%, 0.6%, and 10.7% respectively.
Residents of Anoka County can request their criminal history records from the BCA. Available records include private and public criminal histories. To request for a background check, visit or send a mail request to:
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
1430 Maryland Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55106
This office opens to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you opt for a mail request, send a letter containing your full name (include maiden name and former names) and date of birth. Sign the request and make sure your signature is notarized by a notary public. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a money order or personal, cashier’s, business, or certified check for record fee. The fee for each printed copy of criminal history record is $8 payable to the BCA.
The BCA also allows anyone to view the public criminal records of another Minnesota resident. Visit the Minnesota Public Criminal History Record Search page on the BCA website to conduct a public search. These records are also available for viewing at the public terminals located in the lobby of the BCA Office.
To obtain a full (public and private criminal histories) of another person, submit a notarized Informed Consent Form with a notarized signature of the subject of the background check. Mail this to the Minnesota BCA office address listed above. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and a money order or personal, business, or certified check for $15.
The Sheriff’s Office shares jurisdiction of Anoka County with nine police departments. It is the primary law enforcement agency for the Cities of Andover, Bethel, Columbus, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Nowthen, and Oak Grove as well as Linwood Township. It also responds to 911 calls for auto accidents, traffic complaints, domestic disputes, misdemeanors, and felonies. To obtain incident and accident report written by the officers of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, visit or contact:
13301 Hanson Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304
Phone: (763) 324-5000
Fax: (763) 324-5036
The Sheriff’s Office also provides links to the websites of the other police departments in the county. Use this information to contact them to request incident reports from those law enforcement agencies.
Minnesota law empowers the BCA to compile and regularly update a central database of all registered sex offenders in the county. The BCA’s Predatory Offender Registration (POR) Unit is responsible this statewide registry but only makes the information about non-compliant offenders available to the public on its website. Visit the BCA’s Predatory Offender Search portal to find non-compliant sex offenders living in Anoka County. Make sure to select Anoka and Minnesota from the county and state lists on the page to restrict your search to the county.
The Sheriff’s Office manages the Anoka County Jail. This detention facility is located at:
325 Jackson Street
Anoka, MN 55303
Phone: (763) 324-5100
Fax: (763) 324-5141
Use the Inmate Locator tool provided by the Sheriff’s Office to search for individuals currently in jail or custody as well as those recently released.
Friends and family members can deposit money into inmates’ commissary accounts using the kiosk located in the county jail lobby. The kiosk only accepts cash and is available everyday between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. To fund an inmate’s account with a credit/debit card, visit Access Corrections website or call its phone number: (866) 345-1884.
The only court in Anoka County is the District Court. It is part of the Minnesota Tenth Judicial District and is a general jurisdiction trial court with 16 judges who hear civil, criminal, probate, family, and juvenile cases. Below are the address and contact information of this court:
Anoka County Courthouse
2100 3rd Avenue
Anoka, MN 55303-2489
Phone: (763) 760-6700
Fax: (763) 712-3247
Court records are available for viewing at this courthouse. To view unsealed records, come to the Court Administration Records Room located on the first floor and east wing of the courthouse. You can also request for plain and certified copies of court records in person at this location. Alternatively, send a mail request to:
Anoka County Courthouse
Court Administration Records Room
2100 3rd Ave
Anoka, MN 55303-2489
Make sure your request provides the following information: name of the case, file number (if known), specific documents requested, and phone number where you can be reached during the day. Enclose a check for copy fee with your mail request.
The Minnesota Judicial Branch charges $14 for each certified copy of court record. The same fee applies for each exemplified but uncertified (plain) copy. Exemplified and certified copies cost $28 each while the fee for each uncertified copy is $8.
The District Court hears divorce cases in Anoka County and maintains divorce records. You can request for these records just like you would for any court record. Visit the Anoka County Courthouse to request for your divorce record in person or send a mail request to the address provided above. You may call the courthouse to enquire about additional steps required and specific fees for divorce records.
The Anoka County Vital Statistics Office provides marriage, birth, and death certificates. To obtain a marriage certificate, visit this office at:
2100 Third Avenue Anoka, MN 55303
It opens to the public from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You can also submit a mail or fax request. Download and complete a Marriage Certificate Request Form and a Vital Statistics Credit Card Form. Fax these to (763) 324-1010 or mail them to:
2100 3rd Ave Ste 119
Anoka, MN 55303
It is also possible to purchase a marriage certificate on the Minnesota Official Marriage System website. Vital Statistics charges $9 for each certified copy of marriage certificate.
To obtain a birth or death certificate, download and complete a Minnesota Birth Record Application Form or a Minnesota Death Record Application Form. Bring this to the Vital Statistics Office along with a valid government-issued photo ID and the required fee. You may also submit the completed application by mail or fax. Sign the form and have your signature notarized before submitting it. Enclose a check for copy fee and make it payable to ANOKA COUNTY. You may also pay with a VISA or MasterCard credit card.
Anoka County Vital Statistics charges $26 for the first copy of a certified birth record and $19 for each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time. The fee for the first copy of a certified death record is $13. Each additional copy costs $6.