How Do I Obtain My Criminal Records in Los Angeles?

By Jen Davis
The Los Angeles Police Department provides several methods for obtaining copies of your criminal record.

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) offers several ways for individuals who have been arrested to obtain copies of their criminal records. The LAPD also supplies the information necessary to aid individuals in obtaining copies of their California and federal criminal records. According to the LAPD, individuals who have been arrested by the LAPD can obtain a summary of their arrests. The summary provides a list of "the dates, charges and dispositions (if they are on file) for LAPD arrests only. The summary will not include outside agency arrests."

Obtaining Your Criminal Record

Individuals who wish to obtain a copy of their LAPD arrest record can apply in person by going to the police administration building at 100 West 1st Street and completing an application in Room P1-137, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As of August 2010, the LAPD charges $16.00 for each copy of the arrest record.

Individuals who would prefer to obtain the copy of their LAPD arrest record by mail are required to submit a full set of fingerprints on a standard fingerprint card containing all personal data, including mailing address and zip code, a letter requesting an arrest summary and a check or money order made payable to LAPD for $16.00.

Per the LAPD, requests should be mailed to:

ATTN: Watch Commander

P.O. Box 30158

Los Angeles, CA 90030

Express Mail requests should be sent to:

LAPD, R&I Division

ATTN: Watch Commander

P.O. Box 30158

Los Angeles, CA 90030

LAPD, R&I Division

ATTN: Watch Commander

100 West 1st Street, Room P1-137

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Individuals who wish to receive their reply by express mail need to include a prepaid express mail envelope with the request.

If an individual's only arrest was for a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, the LAPD directs him to contact or go to traffic court at 1945 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, or contact the DUI Disposition Section at phone number 213-744-4022.

If an individual has been arrested by police from multiple jurisdictions, the LAPD recommends she request a copy of her criminal records from the California Department of Justice, rather than "requesting arrest summaries from multiple localities."

To obtain a copy of all California state arrest records, call 916-227-3822.

About the Author

Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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