File a report
Request a report
Request criminal history check
Ann Arbor Police Records Department is open Monday-Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please keep in mind that parking can be difficult and you will also need to go through building security, which will take additional time.
The office is closed on Fridays and on the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve.
If you have any questions, please contact records at 734.794.6954.
The records division is responsible for recording and storing case files. They maintain all incident and crash reports generated by the police department. Records assists the public by locating incident/accident reports, researching past incidents, and directing them to other agencies as needed. Incident reports are retrieved and made available upon request to the public through the Freedom of Information Act (PDF). The records division also handles registering sex offenders.
What do I need to make a report?
The following reports can be made online (all other nonemergency reports can be reported to the police front desk at 734.794.6920):
- Harassing phone calls/No known suspects.
- Theft/No known suspects (not home/business entered illegally).
- Vandalism/No known suspects.
- Private property traffic crash.
- Lost/Damaged property.
In most cases, these reports will not be investigated. The report simply documents that you reported an incident to the Ann Arbor Police Department. Once the report is reviewed and approved, you will be provided an incident report number.
Please make sure that you have all information needed at the time that you make your report. For example, for a private property traffic crash report, you will need your vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
What should I include in the report?
Please provide thorough and accurate information. The details should include:
- The timeframes in which the incident occurred.
- How you became aware of the incident.
- A description of what happened.
- Location of the incident. (It is important that you confirm the incident actually occurred within the Ann Arbor city limits.)
- If you are reporting a traffic crash and you are not sure of the exact location, locate a business nearest to that location and use that address.
- Any vehicle, insurance, or account information that is needed depending on the type incident report.
Once you have submitted your information
- You will be given a temporary reference number. You will not be able to obtain a copy of your report using the temporary reference number.
- Your report will be reviewed within three to five business days. Once it is approved, you will receive an email with your incident number and instructions on how you can obtain a copy of your report.
- Tell us what you think. The AAPD values your opinion.
Please complete a brief survey, and tell us about your experience. Thank you.
Filing an Online Report
Please insure that you have read all the information above before filing your online report.
Request a Police Report
Obtain a traffic crash report
Traffic crash reports may be obtained online, by mail, or in person.
To obtain by mail, send a $5 check, made payable to the City of Ann Arbor, along with your crash report request, including the case report number to: Ann Arbor Police Records, PO Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8647.
To obtain in person, visit AAPD records Monday-Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3:55 p.m. Please call first so we can make sure it's ready for you.
Obtain a general police report
Theft reports, lost property and damaged property reports are usually available five-to-seven business days after the incident is filed. To obtain by mail, send a $5 check, made payable to the City of Ann Arbor, including the case report number to: Ann Arbor Police Records, PO Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8647. You may pick up a copy at the records section Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. If you'd like to pick up a copy please call first to make sure the report has been completed.
Other types of criminal and noncriminal reports
Police reports may be requested through the Freedom of Information Act (PDF). Reports are prepared for a specific fee and take up to five business days for preparation. Please make sure to call records at 734.794.6954 to see if your report is ready before coming to pick it up. For more Freedom of Information Act information please visit the
City Clerk's FOIA webpage.
If this incident occurred on the University of Michigan campus, you must
contact the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety to obtain a copy.
Request Criminal History Check
Obtain a local criminal history check
A local criminal history record check, indicating your conduct in the City of Ann Arbor, may be requested for local or international purposes. You may request a certificate on yourself through the mail or specifically in person.
To obtain in person, please arrive between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. If you'd like to wait, it can take 10 to 45 minutes. If you're obtaining this for an adoption, it could take up to five business days. The criminal history checks are prepared in "certificate" form, and the fee is $10.
To obtain by mail, you will need to submit a signed and notarized request for the background check: The following items must be in that request:
- Copy of your driver’s license or photo ID.
- Include a $10 check for each certificate, payable to the "City Of Ann Arbor," then mail your request to: Ann Arbor Police Records, PO Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8647.
Michigan State Police criminal history records
Anyone can search the official MSP criminal history record database. The criminal history record database is updated daily with "felony and misdemeanor arrest" and "charge and conviction" information as provided by law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and courts throughout the State of Michigan.
This search includes all public Michigan criminal history information as allowed by Public Act 310 of 2005. This search does not include federal arrests or criminal records from other states.
A search for criminal record information that might be in another state requires you to correspond directly with the criminal record repository of that state.
Sex Offender Registration
Come to AAPD records on the 2nd floor between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday (Closed on holidays). Please review the Legal Update and be prepared when you come in to register. Have your ID with current address and be prepared to pay the annual registration fee.