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Arrest Records in Vermont

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With a population of around 624 thousand residents, Vermont is only behind Wyoming in the ranking of the least populated U.S. states. However, the state ranks 31st in population density.

Vermont experiences an extremely low amount of crime: its 2018 violent crime rate of 1.72 per 1,000 is less-than-half of the national rate. Additionally, Rutland, the state’s most dangerous city, has a violent crime rate only slightly above the national rate. Furthermore, arrests are very rare in Vermont: the state boasts the 3rd lowest arrest rate in the country.

Vermont Arrest and Crime Statistics

  • In 2018, 14,334 arrests were made in Vermont, as reported by 72 law enforcement agencies. Just 702 of these arrests were made of minors under the age of 18.
  • The leading identified cause of arrest in Vermont was driving under the influence, which led to over 2500 arrests.
  • One black mark on Vermont’s crime record is its 13th ranked rate of sex offenders per capita. The state’s rate of 347 offenders per 100K residents is significantly higher than those of other states in the region.

Sources: FBI: 2018 Crime in the United States, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


What is a public arrest record?

An arrest record is a report produced by a law enforcement entity after the arrest or apprehension of an individual which contains the details of the incident, the individual’s personal information, and occasionally includes additional information about the individual’s criminal record.

An arrest record is often a key document in a criminal case and may play a significant role in an ensuing trial. The arrest record may remain in the public record for a long time regardless of whether the suspect is ultimately convicted of the crime(s) for which they were initially arrested. This means that it can be accessed by the general public.  

What is included in a public arrest record?

  • Description of the incident: An arrest record will include a chronological account of the alleged crime produced by the arresting officer that may utilize information provided by first-hand witnesses and/or victims of the alleged crime. 
  • Date and location of the arrest
  • Physical description: The height, weight, hair color, sex, and race of the arrested person, along with other distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos, scars, or birthmarks. 
  • Personal information: The name, age, date of birth, phone number, address, social security number, and other contact information of the arrested individual, as well as any other names the person may go by. 
  • Photographs
  • Fingerprints
  • Criminal charges filed
  • Classification of the crime: Whether the alleged crime is a felony or a misdemeanor.
  • Bail
  • Court date
  • Police interrogation details

What are the types of charges that may appear on an arrest record?

Generally, charges are classified into three main categories:

  • Infraction – An infraction is a minor violation of the law that is regulated at the state level. Punishment for an infraction is typically a fine or a written warning, rather than a jail or prison sentence. Examples of infractions include minor traffic violations, public nuisance offenses, and littering. 
  • Misdemeanor – A misdemeanor is a crime that is more serious than an infraction, but less severe than a felony, and generally punishable by a term of imprisonment of less than a year, or a term of probation. An individual convicted of a misdemeanor is more likely to serve time in a county or local jail than a federal or state prison. Examples of misdemeanors include driving under the influence, most drug abuse violations, and petty theft.
  • Felony – A felony is the most serious type of crime and generally results in a term of imprisonment of more than one year in a state or federal prison. Having a felony on one’s record may result in limitations of employment and the acquisition of specialty licenses. Examples of felonies include rape, murder, and arson.  

Who can access arrest records?

As in most other states, arrest records (also known as arrest reports) are public records in Vermont and can be accessed by anyone upon request to a law enforcement agency, and may come up during a routine background check. 

Other examples of Vermont public records include:

  • vital records such as birth and death certificates
  • marriage licenses
  • mugshots
  • court records
  • voting records
  • property records 

Where are physical copies of arrest records kept in Vermont?

Arrest records are typically held by the law enforcement agency responsible for the arrest, usually a local police department or county sheriff’s office. They also may be kept in the archive of a state government agency, or circuit court. 

While arrest records may be held in a number of locations, the central repository of criminal record information in Vermont is the Vermont Crime Information Center (VCIC).

Why can’t I access an arrest record in Vermont?

There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to access an arrest record. Although the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires federal agencies to release arrest records and other public records, records that fall under certain exemptions can be withheld from the public.

The FOIA includes nine exemptions that allow agencies to withhold documents, such as arrest records, and not release them to the public. They are:

  1. The information is classified to protect natural security. 
  2. The information focuses on the internal rules and practices of the agency.
  3. Another federal law prohibits the release of the information.
  4. The information includes confidential trade secrets and/or commercial and financial information. 
  5. The information includes privileged, confidential communicative exchanges between two agencies. 
  6. The information could pose a danger to another person’s privacy if released.
  7. The information is reserved for law enforcement purposes in a court case or an investigation or could reveal a confidential source. 
  8. The information includes confidential information about financial institution supervision. 
  9. The information includes geographical information about wells.

Additionally, some state laws limit the availability of arrest records due to the fact that they are perceived as one-sided documents that do not include the arrested person’s account of the incident. 

What is the difference between an arrest record and a criminal record?

Compared to an arrest record, a criminal record is a more thorough document that details an individual’s entire criminal history, including arrest warrants, arrests, third party complaints, convictions, and even dropped cases. 

What is the difference between an arrest record and an arrest warrant?

An arrest warrant is a document issued by a judge or magistrate that grants law enforcement the authority to arrest an individual suspected of a crime or to search and seize the individual’s property, whereas an arrest record is a document of an arrest that is only created after an arrest or apprehension has already occurred.  

In order for a judge or magistrate to issue an arrest warrant, they must conclude that there is probable cause for an arrest. Probable cause must be backed by sworn testimony or an affidavit that provides sufficient information supporting the need for an arrest. An arrest warrant must also specify one individual that should be arrested, rather than a group of individuals or a rough description of a suspect. 

How many Americans have been arrested?

While crime has steadily dropped in the United States over the past several decades, arrests have gone up, particularly for younger age groups. Typically, law enforcement makes around 10 million arrests each year. Here are some key statistics on arrests in the United States:

  • In 2018, around 10.3 million arrests were made nationwide.
  • 73% of arrested persons in 2018 were males.
  • The more recent an American was born, the greater the likelihood that the individual has been arrested at least once. The following is the percentage of Americans in various age groups that have been arrested: 
    • 6.4% of Americans born before 1949
    • 10.7% of Americans born between 1949 and 1958
    • 13.8% of Americans born between 1959 and 1968
    • 18.7% of Americans born between 1969 and 1978
    • 23% of Americans born between 1979-1988

Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigation, RAND Corporation

How to search online for Arrest Records in Vermont

The general public can run a criminal background check on any person online using the Vermont Criminal Conviction Record Internet Service (VCCRIS) provided by the VCIC.

Here’s some key information about the service:

  • The cost is $30 per request, which can be paid using a major credit or debit card.
  • A search is non-refundable even if a “record not found” message is returned. 
  • Required search fields include Last Name, First Name, and Date of Birth.
  • Results will yield any Vermont conviction records for an individual that are present in the database.  However, juvenile offenses, victim information and sealed records will not be returned. 
  • Educational institutions and vulnerable populations agencies may use the service free-of-charge

Click here to perform a criminal background check using VCCRIS

How can I search for a Vermont arrest record on the internet using a background check service?

Since tracking down physical copies of arrest records can prove challenging, searching for them online is a viable option. There is a wealth of online services that allow you to search and access Vermont arrest records and other public records via numerous government agency databases in exchange for a fee. 

However, despite the fact that users must pay to obtain an arrest record from an online service, it’s nevertheless a convenient means of getting these documents. The offices of government agencies are often marred by inconsistent service and take a long time to process requests to view documents. 

Sometimes it’s worth it to pay a fee to use an online background check service, rather than endure the extended delays typical of government offices.  

What can I do if my Vermont arrest record has a mistake?

If your Vermont arrest record or another criminal history document returned as a result of a criminal background check has incorrect or incomplete information, use the VCIC Report a Record Error service to report the mistake. Only errors on your own criminal record may be reported. 

If you have any questions, call the Vermont Crime Information Center at 802-244-8727.

Vermont Courthouse and Sheriff Information by County

Addison CountySuperior Court7 Mahady Ct #2
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-7741Addison County Sheriff's Department35 Court St
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-2981
Bennington CountyBennington County Courthouse55 Union St
Manchester, VT 05255
(802) 447-2727Bennington County Sheriff's Department811 US-7
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-4900
Caledonia CountyCaledonia County Court1126 Main St
St Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6600Caledonia County Sheriff's Department970 Memorial Dr
St Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6666
Chittenden CountyChittenden Superior Court175 Main St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-3467Chittenden County Sheriff70 Ethan Allen Dr
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 863-4341
Essex CountyCounty Court Clerk75 Courthouse Dr
Guildhall, VT 05905
(802) 676-3910Essex County Sheriff's Department91 Courthouse Drive
Guildhall, VT 05905
(802) 676-3500
Franklin CountyFranklin Criminal Division36 Lake St
St Albans City, VT 05478
(802) 524-7997Franklin County Sheriff387 Lake St
St Albans City, VT 05478
(802) 524-2121
Grand Isle CountyVermont Superior Court3677 US-2
North Hero, VT 05474
(802) 372-8350Grand Isle Sheriff's Office10 Island Cir
Grand Isle, VT 05458
(802) 372-4482
Lamoille CountyVermont Family Court154 Main St
Hyde Park, VT 05655
(802) 888-3887Lamoille County Sheriff's Department162 Commonwealth Ave
Hyde Park, VT 05655
(802) 888-3502
Orange CountyOrange County Courthouse5 Court St
Chelsea, VT 05038
(802) 685-4610Orange County Sheriff's Department1594 Waits River Rd
Bradford, VT 05033
(802) 439-6848
Orleans CountyOrleans County Superior Court247 Main St
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-3305Orleans County Sheriff's Department5578 US-5
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-3333
Rutland CountyRutland County District Court9 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 786-5880Rutland County Sheriff's Department88 Grove St
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-8002
Washington CountyWashington County Court House65 State St
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-2091Washington County Sheriff's Office10 Elm St
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-3001
Windham CountyWindham County Family Court30 Putney Rd
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 257-2800Windham County Sheriff's Office11 Jail St
Newfane, VT 05345
(802) 365-4949
Windsor CountyWindsor County District Court82 Railroad Row
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 295-8865Windsor County Sheriff62 Pleasant St
Woodstock, VT 05091
(802) 457-5211


If you’re worried that someone you know or love has a criminal record and maybe hiding it from you, run a quick background check online with Thanks to public records laws, almost all Vermont arrests, criminal and civil records are available online, as well as comprehensive background checks and secret data. You can even find Vermont marriage records, secret divorce records as well as birth and death records.

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