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Headquarters Lobby

The Seattle Police Public Request Unit is located in the lobby of Police Headquarters.


Monday through Friday

Reports Counter, Fingerprinting:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Last requests of the day for all services will be taken at 4:45 pm

Concealed Pistol License:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Last requests of the day for Concealed Pistol Licenses will be taken at 4:00 pm


The public request unit is located in the lobby of Seattle Police Headquarters in the Seattle Justice Center.



  • You will be charged $7.00 per card. This may be paid by cash, check or money order.

  • Please bring government issued picture identification (drivers license, state identification card, passport, etc.)

  • Fingerprint Cards
    • If you were asked to get your fingerprints, please bring the fingerprint card given to you by the requestor.
    • If the fingerprints are for personal use, immigration or another purpose, we will supply you a fingerprint card.

Concealed Pistol Permits

You must be a Seattle resident to apply for a permit through the Seattle Police Department. An application must be completed and fingerprints taken. If a Washington State Identification Card or Driver's License is provided, the time period required for a background check is 30 days. If the license or ID card is from out of state or if you have lived in the state of Washington less than 90 days, the waiting period is 60 days.

The processing fee for an original permit is $52.50 and must be paid at the time of application. If renewal of the permit is made within 90 days prior to the expiration, the fee is $32.00. If renewal is during the 90 days after the permit expires, the fee is $42.00. After 90 days past the permit's expiration date, it is necessary to start the process over. The fee for replacement of a permit is $10.00. All fees must be paid upon application and are non-refundable.


Criminal History Review and Clearance Letters

Criminal convictions are public record and a record of that information (or lack of convictions) is available from the Washington State Patrol Records Section.

The Seattle Police Department Public Request unit can prepare a "clearance letter" for you if you have never been arrested by the Seattle Police Department. The fee for this letter is $17.50 plus $5.00 for notarization.


Public Records Requests

You may make a walk-in request at the public request unit for:

  • Incident Reports/Police Reports
  • 9-1-1 Tapes
  • Accident Reports
  • Other public disclosure requests

You will be asked to complete a Request for Public Records form as well as a Public Information request for any requests outside of public disclosure.

Save yourself a trip! You may be able to find what you need online. Redacted police reports for most incident are available to view online, and you can download and send or fax in a public disclosure request as well.


General Offense (GO) Reports in PDF format are available online for all Burglaries, Robberies, Aggravated Assaults and Homicides. These reports are made available to the public in accordance with the Public Records Act (See Revised Code of Washington, RCW 42.56).

Go to Online Police Reports


The Seattle Police Department Public Request Unit has specific policies and procedures regarding the release of reports, which are in compliance with the laws that regulate public disclosure with privacy rights. Once the records have been collected, they will be sent to you.

Go to Public Disclosure Requests



The following are services provided by agencies other than the Seattle Police Department:


Protective Orders can be filed in Seattle in either the
King County District Courts
or the King County Superior Court.


Payment for tickets issued by Seattle Police are handled by the Seattle Municipal Court. Tickets can be paid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, either online or over the phone (206) 684-5600.

If you believe you were issued a parking or traffic citation in error, you may request a hearing before a Municipal Court Magistrate. It is at this hearing that you will be able to explain why you feel the ticket was issued incorrectly. You may reach the Seattle Municipal Court at 684-5600.

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