FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get a copy of my report (accident or crime) if I live out of state?
You may request a copy of your report by sending a request via letter or you may pick it up at the Police Records Bureau. If you are mailing your request, be sure to include a notarized authorization, a copy of your driver’s license (or other government issued identification. The date must not be expired.), a return addressed envelope, and $9.00 (cashier’s check or money order payable to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department).
Accident Report: You must provide:
- Event number, if available
- Location (including cross streets)
- Date and time of accident
- Name (first and last) of party(ies) involved
- License plate number of the vehicle(s) in accident, if known
Crime Reports: You must provide:
- Event number if available
- Name (first and last) of victim or person reporting crime
- Date of Birth
- Date of occurrence or report-filed date
Background checks: You must provide the reason for the background check:
- Sealing a criminal record
Please send $9.00 in the form of a cashier’s check or money order made payable to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and a notarized copy of your valid (not expired) driver’s license (or other government issued photo identification).
What type of documentation is required to get copies of police reports?
You must have a valid (not expired), photo identification (driver’s license or other government issued photo identification). If your request is going to be sent via US mail, then you must also include a notarized authorization and $9.00 cashier’s check or money order, made payable to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
What is the mailing address?
For crime reports, background checks and traffic reports
: (include the required documentation noted above)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
I was a victim of a crime while visiting Las Vegas. I did not file a report while I was in Las Vegas but would like to file one now. How can I do this?
Attn: Correspondence Section
400 S. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89106
You may contact your local Police agency to inquire if they would take a courtesy report for you. Or, you may file your report through the mail. Through the mail, you can write a letter outlining the circumstances, including date, place(s), and as many details of the incident as you can provide. In turn, we will create a report from your letter and send you a copy when it has been completed. Depending on the type of crime, these may be for insurance purposes only and may not be investigated. However, please remember, we will only take reports that occurred in our, Las Vegas, jurisdiction. We do not take reports for incidents that occur in Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, or traffic accidents that occur on the freeway. The freeway is Nevada Highway Patrol’s jurisdiction.
If I request a copy of a police report, how long does it take to receive a response?
Generally, you should plan for at least 3 4 weeks. You may receive it sooner, but depending on the volume of requests received this would be a good estimate of time.
May I fax my request?
No, because a payment must be received in order to process the report request.
May I have my report faxed to me?
No, because we need proof of your identity for verification purposes.
How do I get my disposition of my case?
You would have to contact the court of jurisdiction in your case, and those links are provided in the Links
I have to pay a ticket – where do I go?
What is the approximate wait time to pick up my report or get a background check at Police Records Bureau?
Well, it’s difficult to estimate the wait time on any given day, however, the best times to obtain services from our Bureau are weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Do I need cash?
You will need either cash, no bills larger than $20.00 bills, please; or, you can bring a cashier’s check or money order but it will have to be for the exact amount of your transaction ($9.00 for each report/background check). For your convenience, we do have an ATM in our lobby, but the fees are between you and your banking institution. LVMPD has no involvement with the ATM and any fees involved.
Where can I register my firearm?
Registrations can be executed at four Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Substations and at any other law enforcement agencies within the incorporated cities of Clark County. (North Las Vegas, Henderson, Overton, and Mesquite). For more comprehensive information feel free to contact our Firearms Registration Detail at (702) 828-3855.
Registration is quick, simple and easy. To register, simply bring your unloaded handgun to any police substation that is open to the public for citizen traffic (see the list under Filing a Report With LVMPD) . Bring your state Driver’s License or State Identification Card (must be valid – not expired). If you were born outside the United States and its territories, you must also provide either documented proof of U.S. citizenship or documented proof as a permanent resident immigrant. You will receive a cursory background check and be given a gun registration card. It’s that simple; and there is no registration fee. Please Note: The firearm registration card is NOT a permit to carry a firearm concealed. They are two entirely different documents. Carrying a firearm concealed without a permit is unlawful and punishable as a felony.
How do I contact the Detective assigned to my case?
At the time your report was taken by the officer or in person at an LVMPD facility, you may have been given a Victim’s Information Guide (VIG). The event number was written on this guide, and you should follow the instructions contained in the Guide.
How do I get a work card and where do I go to obtain it. What information should I bring with me to obtain a work card?
You may call telephone number is 702-828-3271 to contact the Fingerprint Bureau at either the main office at 5880 Cameron Street, Las Vegas, NV 89119 or, the (remote office) Fingerprint Bureau located at the Headquarters Campus at 400 S. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Building C., Las Vegas, NV 89106. The Fingerprint Bureau remote office shares the same lobby area with Police Records Bureau. Please bring with you a signed Employer Application form (completely filled out in black ink) and any 2 (two) of the following forms of identification:
- State issued Driver’s License or State ID
- U.S. Passport
- Military ID
- Naturalization Certificate
- Certified Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- INS Authorization to Work
All work cards are $45 (Cash only – No Checks). Juveniles 17 years of age and younger must bring a work permit from Clark County Juvenile Justice Services located at 601 N. Pecos – Telephone 702-455-5200.
Can I find out if I’m wanted?
The best way to find this information is to contact the courts directly because we cannot verify your identity over the phone. Please note that if you come into Police Records in person, and you are actually wanted, then we are required to notify an officer, and you may be arrested. You may have to check all of the courts if you’re not sure which judicial system may have the outstanding warrant. Click this link for Clark County Courts.
Can I get a copy of someone else’s arrest record(s)?
Only the subject of the arrest record may get copies of their record, unless they authorize someone else to specifically obtain the records. Authorization must be written and notarized and the person authorized must have a valid (not expired) government-issued photo identification. This authorization must mention the name of the person that will be retrieving the record as well. Authorization to Obtain Police Report Form.
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