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Lobby Hours

Effective 12/18/2021:

The Police Department Lobby will be open for in-person service during the following days and times:

  • Tuesday - 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • Wednesday -10:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • Thursday -10:00 AM-1:00 PM

During these days and times, you can request records or pay a parking citation. Livescan and fingerprinting services are not currently being offered at this time.

Our Mission & Commitment

To provide organized solutions for the preservation and accessibility of police records while providing excellent customer service to our community and staff in adherence with federal, state, and municipal law.

When entering the Police Department you can expect courteous, efficient, and prompt customer service. We are here to help.

Under the direction of the Community Services Division Captain and the Police Records Manager, our Records team consists of two Police Records Supervisors, ten Police Records Specialists, one LiveScan Technician, four Typists, and a Station Officer.

The Records Bureau is often your first contact when entering or calling the Police Department, and to this degree, we are your gateway to information housed within the department. Our service team provides record keeping functions for the department, complies with mandated statistical reporting for the State Department of Justice relating to crime in the City of Santa Barbara, and provides various support services to our citizens.

Services we provide include:

  • Accessibility of documentation for all internal and external customers.
  • Submission and Distribution to the District Attorney’s Office and Courts.
  • Registrant processing in accordance with Megan’s Law.
  • Transcription of Crime Reports.
  • Filing of Citizen Crime reports.
  • Entry of Restraining Orders.
  • Traffic Citation Sign Offs.
  • General Information on areas of interest to the public.

Lobby hours are Monday Through Friday from 7am to 6pm.

LiveScan / Fingerprint *Currently Suspended*

Please see our LiveScan/Fingerprint page for information about these services offered at the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Alternative LiveScan/Fingerprint service providers can be found on the website of the Office of the Attorney General at; the tab you will query is Criminal Justice / Fingerprint Submissions.

Obtaining a Police Report

The Santa Barbara Police Department will only release our own department’s records.  Active cases which are still under investigation may not be released.

Copy costs for police reports are 20 cents per page; duplication costs for photographs, video or audio tapes are $25.00 per CD.

You must have valid photo identification when requesting a report.

If you are requesting a copy for another person, as that person’s representative you will need to obtain an authorization letter accompanied by a current photo identification of the subject of record. If the subject of record is a juvenile, his or her parent or legal guardian will need to obtain the report.

Obtaining a Copy of Your Criminal History

Complete the form with all the required information and mail the completed form, along with a photocopy of a valid government issued identification, and a check  to: Santa Barbara Police Department, 215 E Figueroa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Payment.  There is a $10 fee to do the search. If records are found, a $25 fee will be charged. Checks shall be made out to the City of Santa Barbara, and shall not exceed $25.  If you request results to be mailed back, please include a self-addressed envelope, or provide a designated email address. Questions? Call 805-897-2355. Download the Criminal History Request Form


Last Updated: Dec 15, 2021
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