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Obtaining Police Information

How can I get a copy of a police report?
How can I get a copy of my criminal record?
How can I get a disposition of my arrest(s)?
How can I get a police clearance letter for foreign travel / adoption purposes?
How can I get a police clearance letter for immigration purposes?
How do I find information for my academic research project?
How do I contact an LAPD employee or retiree?

How can I get a copy of a police report if I am a victim of a crime?

If you want to request a copy of a crime report, you must mail your written request to Records & Identification (R&I) Division. You can only receive a crime report if you are an authorized person such as the victim, the victim's representative, or as provided in Section 6254 of the Government Code.

Mail to:
Los Angeles Police Department
R&I Division
P.O. Box 30158
Los Angeles, CA 90030
Attn: Document Processing Unit

To obtain a copy of a CRIME report, you must provide:

  • A check or money order payable to the LAPD in the amount of $24.00. This fee may be refunded if it is determined that no report exists.  If you receive notification that no report exists, please complete a City of Los Angeles Claim for Refund form and return it to the City Clerk's Office.
  • The name(s) and address(es) of the victim(s)
  • The insurance policy number and/or claim number if the requestor is an insurance company
  • A release from the victim if the request is from an attorney
  • The type of report - robbery, assault, etc.
  • The date and location of occurrence
  • A report (DR) number, if known
  • Proof of relationship for parents of minor victim or the spouse or relative of a deceased victim
for recorded instructions, please call 213 486-8130 or 213 486-8133 (for Spanish)

To obtain a copy of a TRAFFIC COLLISION report, you must provide:
  • A check or money order payable to the LAPD in the amount of $24.00. This fee may be refunded if it is determined that no report exists.  If you receive notification that no report exists, please complete a City of Los Angeles Claim for Refund form and return it to the City Clerk's Office.
  • The name(s) and address(es) of the victim/involved party
  • All vehicle license plate numbers of involved parties
  • A copy of the Traffic Collision Information Card
  • The insurance policy number and/or claim number if the requestor is an insurance company
  • A release from the victim if the request is from an attorney
  • The date and location of occurrence
  • A report (DR) number, if known
  • Proof of relationship for parents of minor involved party or the spouse or relative of a deceased involved party
How can I get a copy of my criminal record?

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD): If you have been arrested by the LAPD, you may obtain a summary of your LAPD arrests. The summary will list the dates, charges, and dispositions (if they are on file) for LAPD arrests only. The summary will not include outside agency arrests. You may apply in person or by mail.

To apply in person, please go to the Police Administration Building, 100 West 1st Street, Room P1-137, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays.

The charge is $25.00, payable by check, money order, or exact currency (no change is made). You may elect to pick up your arrest summary or have it mailed. Arrest summary processing time varies, as it depends on the number of requests received or how old the record is.

To request an arrest summary by mail, please provide:

  1. A full set of fingerprints on a standard fingerprint card completed by a local Police or Sheriff's agency,  (or an authorized fingerprinting service in Los Angeles), containing all personal data, including mailing address and zip code.
  2. A letter requesting an arrest summary.
  3. A check or money order made payable to LAPD in the amount of $25.00. Do not send cash.
Mail to:
Los Angeles Police Department
ATTN: R&I Division Watch Commander
P.O. Box 30158
Los Angeles, CA 90030

State Department of Justice: If you have been arrested in multiple jurisdictions, it is recommended that you request your criminal history records from the California Department of justice (D0J) instead of requesting arrest summaries from multiple localities. For recorded DOJ arrest summary information, call (916) 227-3822.

Federal Bureau of Investigation: You may also request a criminal history record for the purposes of immigration, emigration, and visas from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI also furnishes national criminal history records directly to the embassy or consulate that is processing applicants. For further information regarding FBI's criminal history records, call (304) 625-2222.

How can I get a disposition of my arrest(s)?

If you have seen a judge after your arrest, copies of Dispositions of Arrests can be obtained at any Los Angeles County court house. Please contact the Los Angeles Superior Court at 210 West Temple Street (5th Floor), Los Angeles, CA 90012.

If you only have been arrested for a misdemeanor charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and want information regarding that arrest, you should visit the Traffic Court at 1945 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, or contact their DUI Disposition Section at (213) 744-4022.

Please contact R&I Division's Watch Commander’s office at (213) 486-8310 for information about dispositions of arrests.

How can I get a police clearance letter for foreign travel / adoption purposes?

Los Angeles Police Department: Records & Identification Division issues "letters of good conduct" to assist current residents of the City of Los Angeles with foreign travel requirements. These letters are acceptable only to foreign governments and only for travel purposes. Requests for clearance letters may be made to the R&I Division Watch Commander at Police Administration Building, 100 West 1st Street, Room P1-137, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays. To obtain a "letter of good conduct," you must appear in person at Police Administration Building, 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) or U.S. Residency Card (green card);
  2. Driver's License or California ID card indicating an address in the City of Los Angeles. (A recent utility bill with your name and current City of Los Angeles address may be used if the address on your driver's license is outside of the City); and,
  3. Check, money order or exact currency (no change is made) for $26.00.
Please contact the R&I Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-8310 if you have any questions regarding these procedures.

How can I get a police clearance letter for immigration purposes?


The Los Angeles Police Department does not provide police clearance letters for the purposes of immigration to the United States or for employment background purposes. If the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asks for a clearance letter after you have been fingerprinted, please contact the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Office at 12440 East Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650; Phone No.: (562) 345-4441.

How do I find information for my academic research project?

The LAPD is unable to provide routine assistance with academic research matters due to the large number of requests the Department receives and the limited budget we have to process these requests.

At the discretion of the Chief of Police, the Department does occasionally participate in research projects which are of direct benefit to the City and the people of Los Angeles. If you believe that your request falls under this category, we encourage you to forward your inquiry in writing for further evaluation and review.

You may send your written request to:

Los Angeles Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
100 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

How do I contact an LAPD employee or retiree?

Limited personnel information may be obtained, with cause, by contacting the Department’s Personnel Records Section at:

Los Angeles Police Department
Personnel Division
100 West First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 486-4659