Police Reports and Records Checks

The Records Division is responsible for releasing criminal incident reports and traffic accident reports to certain individuals as well as performing record checks (background checks).

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Criminal Incident and Accident Reports

As a COVID-19 precaution, our Records Division has been closed to the public. Requests can still be mailed to the address below. All forms/instructions can be downloaded from the links below, and they are available in the lobby of Police Headquarters. You can still call 314-444-5541 with questions.

We will provide an update when this service resumes.

Police reports are available through the Records Division as a convenience to victims. The primary goal of the Records Division when releasing police reports is to protect the rights of those individuals named in the report. As a result, police reports can be retrieved from the Records Division for the following persons:

Persons involved in the incident (victim, suspect, property owner); family members of persons involved in the incident if the person involved in the incident is deceased (death certificate required) or incompetent (statement from doctor on letterhead required); and witnesses to an incident. Attorneys and Insurers for persons involved in the incident should use the link to the right to obtain information on retrieving police reports.

Criminal Incident and Accident Reports are available to the above-listed individuals through the Records Division beginning 5 business days after the date of the incident. Requests can be made by mail only.

You will be asked to provide as much information about the requested report as possible, including:

  • Date and place of occurrence
  • Complaint Number
  • Names of persons involved

When an individual not involved in the incident is representing an individual who is involved, they must have notarized authorization from the involved party giving permission to the St. Louis Police Department to release the information to the designated party. Requests presented on company letterhead do not have to be notarized, as the name of the company will be in the report.

If you are submitting a personal request via U.S. mail, please have the request notarized and provide as much information as possible regarding the records you are seeking, along with your contact information. Please mail requests to SLMPD, 1915 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103, Attn: Records Center.

You will be charged a fee of .10 cents per page, plus a prorated processing fee of $15.00 an hour. Please do not submit payment at this time. The requester will be contacted by a Records Clerk and advised of the cost upon completion..

If you are not one of the above listed individuals but are still interested in obtaining a police report, please follow the procedures for “Sunshine Requests” found on the Public Information page.

Police Record Checks (Background Checks)
You may request to have a police record check performed on yourself or others, by providing the following information to the Records Division:

  • For your own record check: State issued photo ID, Social Security Card.
  • For a record check on an individual other than yourself: Individuals’ date of birth and social security number.
You will be charged a fee of $4.50 cash for each city only record check performed, and $9 cash for both city and county record checks (provided there are no arrests in the county). Please do not submit payment at this time. The requestor will be contacted by a Records Clerk and advised of the cost upon completion.

When receiving your own record check you may be provided with information relative to both “open” and “closed” arrests. When receiving a record check for another individual, only information considered to be “open” under Missouri law will appear on the record check.

"Open" information includes any arrests that have taken place in the last 30 days as well as any record where the subject was convicted of a crime. Information considered “closed” under the Missouri Sunshine Law will be released only if the party has written, notarized authorization to obtain such information. See the Missouri Sunshine Law for more information about “open” and “closed” records.

Fingerprinting Services

As a COVID-19 precaution, our Records Division is temporarily suspending public fingerprinting services until further notice. We will provide an update when this service resumes.

The Department provides limited fingerprinting services for those citizens who require prints for job applications or other agencies. Fingerprinting services are available every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost for each fingerprint card is $10.00. Citizens will be required to display two forms of identification before obtaining fingerprints, one of which must be a photo I.D.

The Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis DOES NOT provide fingerprints for any of the following:

  • State of Missouri licensing including paid, volunteer employment or licensing for child care, adult care, health care, educators, school bus drivers or security positions. Fingerprinting for these purposes may be provided by the State of Missouri’s approved vendor, MOAPS. MOAPS can be contacted at 1-866-522-7067 or Web address www.L1id.com/ibt .

  • Fingerprinting for private security licensing in the City of St. Louis must be performed by the Department’s Private Security Section. For more information visit the Private Security page.

  • Fingerprinting for firearms licensing in the State of Missouri must be performed by the Sheriff’s Office in the City of St. Louis. For more information, visit the St. Louis Sheriff's Office Website.

Petitions for Expungement of Arrest Records
Expungement of arrest records are filed with the Missouri Courts to order agencies to destroy records for a specific incident involving the applicant. SLMPD does not process arrest expungement petitions. Petitions must be submitted to the Missouri Courts. There is a $100 surcharge to file the petition, and separate petitions must be filed for each arrest.

If you received an SIS the court cannot grant an expungement of the arrest record until after the completion of probation and your records are officially closed.

To view more information on expungement petitions visit www.courts.mo.gov, or follow the link to Missouri Courts Criminal Forms.

To view, download, or print the petition form click the Petition for Expungement Form.


Click on the link to view, download or print the Request for Record Check (PDF) or the Request for Incident/Accident Report (PDF).


1915 Olive St.
1st Floor
8 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Police Reports

Background Checks

Information for Attorneys and Insurance Companies (PDF)

All fees must be paid in cash. The Records Division does not accept personal checks or credit/debit cards.

SLMPD Online Traffic Accident Listings

SLMPD Daily Crimes and Happenings Reports

Petitions for Expungement of Arrest Records

State of Missouri Crime Reporting

Missouri UCR Public Data Query Tool