Contact the Police Department’s Records Bureau to request records, including letters of good standing, collision reports, booking photos, and more.
You can request records from the Berkeley Police Department’s Records Bureau in person or by mail.
- In person: Visit the Berkeley Police Department on Mondays through Fridays, 8 am to 2 pm.
- By mail: Send your request to the address below.
Berkeley Police Records Bureau
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Please note that the Records Bureau does not handle property or evidence. Visit the property and evidence unit for information about items being held by the Police Department.
Records provided by the Police Department
You can request the records listed below from the Berkeley Police Department’s Record Bureau.
Letters of good standing
These letters are often required for travel visas and changes in citizenship. If your letter needs to be notarized, please bring a notary with you. The charge for this service is $10.
Vehicle release for towed vehicles
If your vehicle was towed, you will need to share a vehicle release with the towing company to claim your car. The charge for this service is $75. There is no charge for a vehicle release for stolen vehicles. Learn more about towed vehicles.
If you were involved in a collision, you can obtain a collision report for a $10 fee.
Incident reports contain the victim’s statement regarding a crime. You can request an incident for $1.00 by mail or for $0.10 per page in person.
Criminal history printout
You may request a printout showing occasions when you were detained or arrested by the Berkeley Police Department. You cannot request a criminal history printout for someone else. The charge for this service is $5.00.
Local booking and other photos
You can request local booking photos or other photos taken as evidence by the Berkeley Police Department for $3.00 per photo (4x6).
To add a certification stamp to any of the records above, there is an additional fee of $5.00 per document.
View or request other records through Records Online or NextRequest
Many other police records, including purchases or contracts, can be found on Records Online. You may request other public records through the NextRequest online portal. Alternatively, contact the Records Bureau directly at (510) 981-5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that certain records kept by the Police Department may not be disclosed because the records are exempt from disclosure by law. For more information, see Government Code 6254.