Letter of Clearance

How do I get a letter of clearance (reflects information for San Francisco County only)?

There are 2 ways to obtain a SFPD Clearance Report:

  1. In person with valid identification during business hours (Monday - Friday, excluding holidays; 8 a.m. - 5p.m.) at the San Francisco Police Department
    ID Section
    850 Bryant St., Room 475
    San Francisco, CA 94103
  2. By mail with a notarized request.

Instructions for Mail Request:

All mail requests for a criminal history/background check must be notarized. If the results of this check are to be released to a third party, a statement to that effect shall be included in the notarized document. It must give the person's legal name, date of birth, and include the number from a valid form of identification such as a driver's license. It should state that you give permission to release the information that you requested to the individual.

Your request must also include all of the following information:

  • Full legal name and all other names you have used.
  • Your correct date of birth and any other D.O.B. you have used.
  • Your correct social security number and any others that you may have used.
  • Your current driver's license or state ID card number.

Your request containing all of the above information must be sent along with a self addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

San Francisco Police Department
ID Section
850 Bryant St., Room 475
San Francisco, CA 94103

Fee: None

For questions, please call 415-553-1415