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Records & Reports

The Fargo Police Department's Records Division manages all incidents reported, including crimes and accidents.  Included in a report may be the names of a victim; suspect; arrested party, mentioned person or witness; property used, taken or damaged; values of damaged property; and a narrative describing the events that took place.

 small reportsThe life of a criminal record is forever!  After a person becomes a legal adult (at the age of 18), his or her juvenile record is sealed and not available to the public.  All other records remain in our system permanently.  We have incidents on file that go back to 1938.

Criminal Reports

The Fargo Police Department will only provide a copy of a criminal report if it has been filed CLOSED or INACTIVE.  If the case has not cleared the court process or is a juvenile case, we will not be able to provide you the report. 

If the report is nine pages or less, the fee is $7.  If the report is 10-24 pages, the fee is $10.  Reports over 25 pages cost $10 plus 25 cents per page.

To request a report, send the fee and the completed police report request form to the address indicated on the form, or simply stop in the lobby during operating hours.

After we receive the fee, completed police report request form and proper information, we will fax the report to you if a fax number is provided; otherwise, we we will mail you the report.

Accident Reports

Copies of accident reports can be obtained for a $7 fee.  To request a report, send the fee and a completed police report request form, containing a minimum of one of the names of the parties involved in the accident and as much information as possible, to the address indicated on teh form, or simply stop in the lobby during operating hours.

After we receive the fee, a completed police report request form and proper information, we will fax the report to you if a fax number is provided; otherwise, we will mail you the report.

Criminal History Checks

The Fargo Police Department will conduct local criminal history checks for a fee of $10.  The fee must be paid before the check is conducted.  Only arrest information is given out and the information provided is limited to the information maintained by the Fargo Police Department Records Bureau. 

After we receive the fee, a completed Criminal History Request Formand proper information, we will fax the report to you if a fax number is provided; otherwise, we will mail you the report.

If you want a person's complete criminal history, you must contact the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Rental Checks

The Fargo Police Department will conduct safe housing rental checks for rental property owners.  The turn-around time is generally 72 hours. 

Landlords must have completed the entire 8-hour Landlord Training Program, conducted by the Fargo Police Department Safe Housing Coordinator, to be eligible to obtain this information.  Upon completion of this program, landlords will recieve the specified form and be eligible for free criminal history checks on prospective tenants.