The Records Bureau is the centralized location for all police reports written.
The Responsibility of the Bureau consists of:
- Processing and maintaining all incident reports, arrest reports, traffic accidents, and traffic tickets
- Fingerprinting services (including but not limited to employment, criminal record checks, and Access and Review )
- Uniform Crime Reporting compliance
- Background checks for Visa and adoption
Traffic accident reports are available for $10 Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Traffic accidents can also be downloaded by clicking here.
Victims of an incident can receive a copy of the report Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Copies of all arrest report require a subpoena.
No Copies of tickets will be made.
Any other record will require a Freedom of Information Act form to be completed from the City Clerks office located at 2100 Ridge.
Ink fingerprint services are offered for a fee of $10 per card for all Evanston residents and $30 per card for Chicago residents and all other non-residents. Appointments can be made by calling the Records Bureau during normal business hours. The fingerprint card must be provided by the person being fingerprinted. For FBI cards, go to www.fbi.gov to print a copy. For Illinois fingerprint cards, contact the Illinois State Police at 815-740-5160. All fingerprint cards will be returned to the person being fingerprinted for submission to the appropriate agency.