The Civil Support Unit provides administrative support to a number of divisions and units at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The unit responds to all legal processes including court orders, small claims, divorce papers, subpoenas, child support and custody and restraining orders. Civil deputies and civilian support staff ensure documents are processed in timely manner and accurately recorded.
The Law Enforcement Records Unit plays an integral part in the success of the Law Enforcement Division. Law Enforcement Records operates 24/7, and receives, processes and maintains law enforcement, warrant and protective order records for Multnomah County. The unit provides police reports generated by the Detective and Patrol divisions to the public through the public records request process. Additionally, the unit provides vehicle releases for vehicles that have been towed or impounded at the request of MCSO Law Enforcement.
The Concealed Handgun Unit administers and manages all aspects of applying for and the issuance of concealed carry licenses. The Unit is responsible for investigating applicants and issuing concealed handgun licenses to those who meet the legal standards set by Oregon Revised Statutes. The Unit monitors existing licenses and, when necessary, revokes licenses for reasons consistent with the law.
The Concealed Handgun Unit processes renewal notifications on a monthly basis and responds to questions from the public regarding the application process and other concealed carry related issues. A secondary function of the Concealed Handgun Unit is the issuance of Expedited Court Access ID cards. These ID Cards are issued as a courtesy to people who regularly need access to the Multnomah County Courthouse for their employment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Protective order applications are available at the Multnomah County Courthouse located at 1021 SW 4th, Room 211, Portland, OR 97204, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information about the available types of protective orders and how to obtain them can be found here:
Eviction is a court process where a landlord must sue the tenant for possession of the premises. The Sheriff serves legal papers, and if the tenant does not comply with the court's orders, physically evicts the tenant. More information may be found at the Oregon State Bar.
To have the Civil Process Unit serve papers, send the following items to our office:
Mail/Deliver items to our office at the following address:
You can check the status of civil papers being served by MCSO by visiting the Civil Case Status website.
The court can issue a Writ of Garnishment or a Writ of Execution as methods of seizing property. A Writ of Garnishment directs a third party to turn over property or money that's in their possession. A Writ of Execution directs the Sheriff to seize property that's in the possession of the debtor. It's the creditor's responsibility to determine who has property of the debtor and which legal mechanism to use.
The court can issue an order for the Sheriff to take custody of the child, returning him or her to the custodial parent. This is generally accomplished through the restraining order process, or through an Order of Assistance which can be obtained with the aid of Multnomah County Family Law located in room 211 at the Downtown Multnomah County Courthouse.
Fees for Civil Process (ORS 21.300) depend on the particular service required as outlined below. The Sheriff’s Office can only accept EXACT cash, money orders, cashier’s checks, or checks written on a business account. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (503) 988-0512, or visiting us directly at 4735 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215.
*Due to COVID-19, public offices are closed. Please call or email.
Criteria for retrieving a vehicle towed by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office are listed below. If you have additional questions, please call the Records Unit at (503) 988-7300.