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Wednesday, January 20, 2021


The Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Integrity | Trust | Public Safety | Excellence | Teamwork - Since 1855

Sheriff Randy Roberts

Free fingerprinting is available for Douglas County Residents.
Appointments can be scheduled 24-hours in advance using this website with a verified account login or by phone.
Proof of Douglas County residency will be required upon arrival.

For more information, please login and select Fingerprints under the Services menu. If you do not have a free account, please register first and login to access this menu option.

Information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Douglas County can be found at the Douglas County Coronavirus Response Hub using the button below:
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office provides effective and efficient public safety services, knowing that integrity is the basis for community trust. We are committed to professional excellence, continued personal improvement, teamwork, and meeting the future needs of the community.
The Sheriff's Office is divided into two main administrative areas:

111 East 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-841-0007
Fax: 785-841-5168


3601 East 25th Street
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: 785-830-1000
Fax: 785-830-1085

New Inmate Custody Status Notification Service

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Kansas Vine to provide residents enhanced Inmate Custody Status notification alerts.

The Kansas VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and email notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the Kansas VINE system is (866) 574-8463. This service is provided to assist victims of crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status.

Click KANSAS VINE or the logo at the right to begin. More information can be found HERE.

(866) 574-8463

Please note that inmates housed at facilities other than Douglas County may appear multiple times in the VINE system. While you can request notification for each facility, it is not necessary.

The VINE "Offender Identification Number" can be found on the In Custody report to the right of the inmate name, or as the CHRI number on the Booking Recap report.

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Sheriff's Sales of Civil court cases involving foreclosed property are held in the Jury Assembly Room of the District Court located in the lower level of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center Building, 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS. Sales are held every Thursday promptly at 10:00 am except for holidays or otherwise advertised.

Sheriff's Sales are advertised in the local paper three times beginning three weeks before the scheduled sale; 

Click here for a complete list of foreclosures scheduled for Sheriff's Sale.

To obtain the legal descriptions, call the Clerk of the District Court at (785) 832-5356 or the County Clerk 's Office at (785) 832-5160 or the County Appraiser's Office at (785) 832-5290. Have the case number associated with the sale ready or the homeowner's name (defendant) or the street address. This will allow the county employees to best serve you.

As an interested party to a Sheriff’s sale, please know you have no legal access to the property. The homeowner has legal possession of the property. Properties are sold ”as is" with no implied or expressed warranty.

The attorney for the Plaintiff (usually the lending institution) makes the opening bid on a Sheriff’s Sale property and then the bidding is open to the public. The property is sold to the highest bidder.

As a successful bidder, you must have the FULL amount of the bid delivered to the Douglas County Clerk of the District Court within 2 hours of the sale. Monies for the sale can be cash, certified check or money orders. Buyers should be prepared to pay the full purchase before the sale.

If there is past due taxes on the property, it is the responsibility of the successful bidder to pay them in order to create a free and clear title.

A redemption period is set for each case by the presiding judge. Most redemption periods are 90 days, but can be 365 days, depending on how much is still owed on the property's loan. During this period, the owner may retain possession of the property if the bid amount and any other associated costs are paid. During the redemption period, the successful bidder has no legal right to access the property and the defendant can still reside and maintain possession of the property.

Cancellation of sale on a piece of property can happen up until the advertised sale. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has no control over these events.

Contact us here for questions regarding Sheriff's Sales.