1091 Hospital Road, Franklin IN 46131 Administration: 317-736-9155Investigations: 317-346-4615Jail 317-346-4716 Fax: 317-736-2200

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Recovered, Held, or Seized Property Returns

  • Please contact our Crime Scene / Property Room at (317) 346-4649 to find out information about how to get your property released.
  • You will need to make an appointment prior to showing up at the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Seized evidence as well as some recovered property will require a court order to release. 

VIN Inspections

  • You must download or pick up all required forms PRIOR to getting a VIN inspection. They can be downloaded at: https://www.in.gov/bmv/2488.htm.
  • You may have a VIN inspection done at the Sheriff’s Office or at your home. Call dispatch at (317) 346-6336 to have an officer sent to your home. Businesses may be required to schedule in advance.
  • There is no charge for VIN inspections done by deputies.

Background Checks / Criminal Histories

  • Background checks must be done in person at our Jail Lobby. You will be required to fill out a form and present state-issued identification. 
  • If you have any questions about the process, please call (317) 346-4626.


  • If you are a business wanting to notify law enforcement about a repossession you’ll be performing, please call dispatch at: (317) 346-6336.
  • If you think your vehicle may have been repossessed, please keep in mind that businesses are NOT required to report to us if they are repossessing your vehicle. First contact your lending institution to find out if a repossession has occurred prior to contacting dispatch at: (317) 346-6336.

Court Questions / Court Dates

  • The Sheriff’s Office cannot advise you anything about pending court dates, hearings, cases, etc. You must contact the court directly to ask your questions.
  • For any County Court questions, please call the main courthouse switchboard at: (317) 736-5000.
  • For Greenwood City Court, please call: (317) 882-5129.
  • For Franklin City Court, please call: (317) 736-3619.