Request a Police Incident Report Copy

You may request a police incident report in person at SFPD Police Headquarters during our normal business hours of 8 am-5 pm, Monday - Friday (closed on holidays). 

Please note that police incident reports requests are processed through the Crime Information Services Unit at 1245 Third Street and reports are not available through the district stations. 
The cost of the report is FREE.
You do not have to come in person to request your report. You may submit your report request via our online portal or by submitting a request form via US mail (see details below).

The SFPD Crime Information Services Unit (CISU) is responsible for processing incident report requests from the public, law enforcement agencies and other authorized organizations. The unit also processes local criminal background checks for agencies entitled to that information under the law. For all other requests that are not incident reports or local background checks, please contact the appropriate department within SFPD.

Request a Police Incident Report Copy Online

Request and receive all types of San Francisco Police Incident Reports through an online portal. Report types include traffic collisions, domestic violence, and all other incidents of general crime. Using the portal is the most secure and convenient way to request and receive incident reports from the San Francisco Police Department. An account can be created within the Incident Report Request Portal to track the request(s) and receive reports and correspondences securely online.

In order for your report request to be processed in a timely manner, please upload a copy of your Valid Identification (any current ID, including a valid driver’s license, SF City ID card, a state-issued ID card, or a passport (originating country OK) along with your request.

If you are an attorney representing a client, please provide/upload a photo of your business card and make sure that your State Bar No. is displayed on it. In addition, we will need written documentation that you are an attorney for the victim (Retainer agreement, or letter on law firm letterhead stating that the victim is a client, or a letter signed by the victim, designating you as his/her representative.

Traffic Collision Reports: Before attempting to obtain a copy of a collision report, please allow a minimum of five (5) days from the date of the collision to allow the report to be reviewed and approved for release.

FAQ: How do I send an email asking for a follow-up on the report/record I'm still waiting for?

Please DO NOT make report requests on this email. This email is for general inquiry follow-up questions only. Please be patient while waiting for an emailed response back from CISU.

Email: [email protected]

Include in the subject line: your SFPD case # and GOV-QA Reference #

Requesters message to CISU "I would like an update on the status of my initial report requested."  

Important Note

If you have already submitted a request for this report, please do not submit a duplicate entry or request on GOV QA, or via email or mail. You can always use the email link to send an email asking for a follow-up inquiry through GOV QA.


Police Incident Report Copy Request Forms

If you elect NOT to use the portal, requests may still be submitted using U.S. Mail and email using the Incident Report Request Form(s). However, those requests will be manually entered and tracked in the Incident Report Request Portal by a member of CISU. You do NOT need to complete the Incident Report Request form if you submit your request via the portal.

Our request forms are available in several languages. Select your language, download and fill out the request form in your preferred language. The completed form may be either mailed or emailed to SFPD for processing. Instructions are included on all forms.

Request Forms for General Crime and Traffic Collisions:

All types of police report requests including traffic collisions.

Request Forms for CA Family Code § 6228:

Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Human Trafficking, or Abuse of an Elder or Dependent Adult

California Family Code § 6228 provides that victims of the alleged crimes, listed above, may receive a copy of their incident report within five days of their request, free of charge. Due to the sensitive information included in the reports, SFPD protocol requires in-person identification verification. Victims or their designated representatives must either submit their request in-person or pick-up their incident report in person at CISU Records Management. For a list of acceptable forms of identification, please refer to Section 2 of the Request for Police Report: Family Code § 6228 form.

If you are unable to print the form, you may obtain one at your nearest police station. Please use the SFPD Station Finder to locate your nearest police station. Please note reports are not available from police stations.

Victim Resources

Victim Services:
San Francisco District, Victim Services
San Francisco District, Victim Services Advocacy Program
How to get a Restraining Order:
Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, Restraining Orders

Contact Information

The CISU-Records Management Window is located at the Police Headquarters Building in the 1st floor lobby. Please note that this building utilizes security screening protocols.

San Francisco Police Department
Crime Information Services Unit / Records Management
1245 3rd Street, 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

All phone, email and in person requests are only processed during business hours 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The following email addresses are available for contacting CISU:

CISU-Records Customer Service may be reached at 1-415-575-7232

Contact Information For Other Request Types Handled By Other Units/Departments

Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Reports (911 dispatch records)
Department of Emergency Management, [email protected], 1-415-558-3869

Public Records Act (PRA) Requests (for evidence, body cam video, photos, statements and other requests)

Local Criminal History (RAP Sheet) and Letters of Clearance
SFPD ID Bureau, 850 Bryant St. Room 475, 1-415-553-1415

Statistical Crime Data Request
SFPD Crime Analysis Unit, [email protected]

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