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Obtaining Clearance Letters and Related Services

Obtaining Clearance Letters and Related Services
 
Los Angeles Police Department
R&I Division issues “letters of good conduct” also known as “clearance letters” to assist current residents of the City of Los Angeles with foreign travel and adoption requirements.  These letters are acceptable only to foreign governments for these purposes.  The LAPD does not provide police clearance letters for the purposes of immigration to the United States, emigration from the United States, or for employment background purposes.  (See California Department of Justice information below).

Requests for clearance letters for foreign travel and adoption may be made to the R&I Division Watch Commander at the Police Administration Building (PAB), 100 West 1st Street, Room P1-137, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, excluding weekends and holidays.  To obtain a clearance letter for these purposes, you must appear in person at the Police Administration Building (PAB), 100 West 1st Street, Room P1-137, with the following:

1. Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • U.S. passport, or birth certificate if born in the United States
  • U.S. residency card
2. Proof or valid U.S. Visa (for Non U.S. citizenship/non U.S. resident)
3. Proof of Los Angeles residency
  • Valid California Driver’s License or Valid California Identification Card, indicating an address in the City of Los Angeles
  • Recent utility bill, with your name and current City of Los Angeles address may be used if the address on the license or identification card is outside the City.
4.  Check, money order, or currency in the amount of $26.00.

Please contact the R&I Division Watch Commander at 213-486-8310, if you have any questions regarding these procedures.

California Department of Justice
The California Department of Justice (DOJ) will provide a statewide criminal clearance if you are an immigration applicant and you have been directed to obtain California or local clearances by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, by a United States consulate or embassy, or by a foreign government for emigration from the United States.  For recorded DOJ clearance letter information, call 916-227-3822.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
You may also request a clearance letter for the purposes of immigration, emigration and visas from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  The FBI furnishes national clearances directly to the embassy or consulate that is processing the applicant.  For further information regarding an FBI clearance letter, please call the FBI at 304-625-3878.

Exoneration – Certificate of Clearance Regarding Arrest
If you believe that someone used your name when they were arrested by the LAPD or that your name is wrongly attached to an LAPD warrant, please visit the R&I Watch Commander’s Office at the Police Administration Building (PAB), 100 West 1st Street, Room P1-137, Monday through Thursday, excluding weekends and holidays between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  A Certificate of Clearance Regarding Arrest can be issued if our investigation results in a determination that you are wrongly listed on the arrest or warrant.  This process takes several hours or more to complete.  You may be required to return in a day or so for final verification and documentation.

For further information, contact the R&I Division Watch Commander at 213-486-8310.

Petition for Expungement
Individuals desiring to have convictions changes to non-convictions should visit the Los Angeles Superior Court at 210 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, or contact them at 213-974-6141 or 213-974-6142.

Sealing of Arrest Records – Adult
If you are arrested by the LAPD, and never went to court as a result of the arrest, and you believe that the arrest was in error because you were clearly not the person involved and/or the alleged incident never took place, please contact the R&I Watch Commander at 213-486-8310.  The Watch Commander can provide you with information regarding the filing of a Petition to Seal and Destroy Arrest Records (pursuant to Penal Code Section 851.8)

Sealing of Arrest Records – Juvenile
For information regarding the sealing of juvenile arrest records, please visit the County Clerk’s Sealing Clerk at 1601 Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles or phone them at 323-226-8945.