Request Police Records

​ Effective March 19, 2020, in response to Governor Brown's guidance and rules addressing large gatherings and social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are making changes to our Police Records services.


To reduce your need to enter the lobby, the following temporary measure are in place until further notice:

We will:
- Accept public records requests via email
- Waive the initial deposit on public records requests
- Provide an invoice for payment with completed records requests

All completed records requests will be mailed, unless no address is provided.

You can also make an appointment by calling 503-588-6144. When you arrive to your appointment, please use the video communication portal at the front and a records technician will assist you. Learn more about this temporary adjustment to our services.

Haga una cita si necesita servicios de registros policiales llamando al 503-588-6144. Escoja la opción numero 2 para información en español. Aprenda más acerca de este ajusto temporal en nuestros servicios.


Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

​You can request police records in person or by mail from the Salem Police Department at:

Salem Police Department Records Section
​555 Liberty ST SE RM 130
Salem OR 97301
Telephone: 503-588-6144​

​Requests cannot be accepted through email.

Fill out the Salem police records request form (English form) or formulario de solicitud de registros públicos (Spanish form)​. After the Records section receives your request, it will take a minimum of 72 hours to process it.​​

Companies who have a billing account with us may send requests by fax to 503‑588‑6329.

Police reports​​​​​

You can get a copy of a police report if the investigation and prosecution have been completed.

Fees for a police report:

  • If you are a victim of a crime, there is no fee for the first copy of your police report.
  • $10 non-refundable deposit, included in the base fee
  • $20 for a 1–24 page report
  • $30 for a 25–50 page report
  • $50 for reports greater than 50 pages
  • Additional fees for extra staff time may apply if request takes longer than 30 minutes to research. The fee is based on the salary and benefits of staff, and charged in 15 minute increments.

​​Name search

​Request a list of Salem Police citation and incident reports involving a particular person. The list includes the person’s name, incident type, date of occurrence, incident number, and how the person was involved (for example: victim, complainant, arrested, etc.).

Fee for a name search: ​​​$15 per name

Address search

Get a list of Salem Police citation and incident reports at a particular address. The list includes the incident type, date of occurrence, and incident number.

Fee for an address search: ​​$15 per address


You can get copies of photos related to a police report if the photos are releasable.

Fees for photographs:

  • $1 per photo​​
  • $20 per CD (digital photos)

​​​​​​Records check letter or visa letter

Request a letter that states whether you have a criminal record in Salem. This letter may be used when applying for ​​a work or travel visa. To get this le​tter, submit a written request and a copy of your photo identification.​


  • $15 for a records check letter
  • $20 for a notarized records check letter
  • ​$​​22 for a visa Letter​​


You can get copies of videos related to a police report if the videos are releasable.


$10 plus staff time for research, retrieval, review for possible exemptions and redactions. Staff time charge is based on the salary and fringe benefits of the employee charged with the task, coverted to an hourly rate. Time is charged in 15-minute increments with a 15-minute minimum.

911 audio recordings

Learn how to request 911 audio and other recordings​.

Police officer helping citizen fill out an accident report.

Contact us

Salem Police Department Records SectionPolice Department
555 Liberty ST SE RM 130
Salem OR 97301
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