Can I View My Police Reports Online?

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In today's world, it is possible to find just about anything on the Internet. From old friends to online dating, rare collector items to everyday merchandise, the Web has something for everyone. This convenient feature even extends to the legal sector of society, and nowadays it is possible to access public records with the click of a button.

Personal Police Records

Contact the police department where you live (or where you were living when you got put in the system). Many departments now offer records access online through their individual websites, but the process is different for every station. You must check with the specific station that has your records to see if you can access them online.

Filed Police Reports

Go to the website of the police department where you filed your police report. Since many stations now allow you to file police reports online, you may have already visited this site when you filed the report. At a minimum, you will need the case number, the date the report was filed, and/or the location where the incident took place.

Personal FBI Records

Submit a request to the Criminal Justice Information Services. You can only obtain an Identification Record from the FBI for your own self; no one else can request it for you. The request requires a cover sheet provided on the CJIS website, a copy of your fingerprints on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258), and a payment of $18 (money order, certified check, or credit card).

Send the request to:
FBI CJIS Division – Record Request 1000 Custer Hollow Road Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306 (See References 4)


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Desdemona Delacroix has been working as a freelance author in her spare time since 2000, writing short do-it-yourself and current events articles. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Maryland University College, and she occasionally offers tutoring services in writing to undergraduate college students.

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