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Press Pass Policy

Full-time Employees of News Organizations

  1. Letter on original business letterhead, mailed to Media Relations Section, (no Xerox copies or faxes). Must be signed by news director, editor, or person in charge, stating that new applicant he/she is a full-time employee of that particular news agency who regularly cover news events at which police and/or fire lines within the city of Los Angeles are established.
  2. A Completed the Media Pass Application and submit to Media Relations Section.
  3. A one time $16.00 fee for press pass, payable to the City of Los Angeles. Do not send money prior to approval.
  4. Once Application and DOJ clearance has been approved, all applicants must respond to Media Relations Section to be photographed and issued a Media Pass.

Note: New employees must be fingerprinted as part of their processing at an Applicant Live Scan Services Location. A list of live scan locations can be obtained by accessing the following link Live Scan Locations. Applicants MUST inform the live scan services operator that requested prints are for DOJ and FBI clearance (unknown fee). Media press passes may take up to three months to obtain due to fingerprinting processing by the State of California.

It is important to note that an LAPD press pass is not required to obtain or have access to information from the Department; not having one would not prevent you or your employees from attending Department sponsored news conferences or events to which the media is invited.

If you believe that it is necessary for you to have an LAPD press pass because you are regularly engaged in the gathering and reporting of hard core, police-beat and/or fire news involving the Los Angeles Police Department, that would require you to cross police and/or fire lines in the course of your news gathering duties within the City of Los Angeles, please send us examples of stories covered (six within the last three months). Upon receipt of this information, the Department will gladly consider your request.

Freelance Media Applicants

  1. Three letters from three separate news media outlets, verifying that you have completed assignments requiring the need to cover news events at which police and/or fire lines within the city of Los Angeles are established.
  2. A Completed the Media Pass Application and submit to Media Relations Section.
  3. A one-time $16.00 fee for press pass, payable to the City of Los Angeles. Do not send money prior to approval.
  4. Once Application and DOJ clearance has been approved, all applicants must respond to Media Relations Section to be photographed and issued a Media Pass.

Note: An application form must be completed by new applicants and freelancers during the processing for a media pass. Applications are obtained from the Media Pass coordinator in the Media Relations Section.

The Los Angeles Police Department does not issue Media Passes for entertainment, or sports reporting.

It is important to note that an LAPD press pass is not required to obtain or have access to information from the Department; not having one would not prevent you or your employees from attending Department sponsored news conferences or events to which the media is invited.

If you believe that it is necessary for you to have an LAPD press pass because you are regularly engaged in the gathering and reporting of hard core, police-beat and/or fire news involving the Los Angeles Police Department, that would require you to cross police and/or fire lines in the course of your news gathering duties within the City of Los Angeles, please send us examples (six within the last three months). Upon receipt of this information, the Department will gladly consider your request.

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