REQUESTING A COPY OF A SAN DIEGO SHERIFF
CRIME, ARREST OR ACCIDENT REPORT
Copies of Crime/Accident Reports are released in accordance with Section
6254 of the California Government Code. These reports are considered to
be confidential and are generally releasable to "interested parties" (as
defined by applicable State codes) only, or by subpoena or court order.
Copies of Arrest Reports are generally only releasable by subpoena or court order.
concerning the final sentencing or trial status, or questions related to
the actual prosecution of a case must be referred to the appropriate
Superior Court Location or to the District Attorney's office as
The department maintains most of its crime, arrest and accident reports
for 7 years. However, certain cases including homicides, escapes
where the subject has not been arrested, unlocated missing
persons/juveniles, sex crimes, and crimes against children are kept
You can request a copy of a report from the Sheriff’s station that wrote the report or responded to the incident.
You may also request a copy of a report by completing a
Service Request Form and submitting it to the San Diego
County Sheriff's Records & ID
Submit the form by one of the following:
the San Diego County Sheriff's Records & ID office during
business hours Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
We are located at:
9621 Ridgehaven Ct
San Diego, CA 92193
request by mail
San Diego County Sheriff's Department
ATTN: Records & ID Division, Cases
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193
A valid, government issued photo identification card (i.e., driver's
license, passport, military ID) must be presented if request is
submitted in person, or a copy of the ID must be enclosed if the request
is submitted by mail.
Fees, if applicable, must be paid before copies of reports are released.
Our goal is to process all requests within 3-10 business days.
The fee for a copy of a Crime, Arrest or Accident Report is $20.00.
However, the first copy of the crime report and the first copy of
accident reports involving alcohol or drugs is free to the victim or
their representative (i.e., insurance company, lawyer). Fees can
be paid by money order, certified check, or personal check if issued by
a California bank. Please make checks payable to the "San Diego County
Sheriff." Cash is also accepted if presented in person.