The Records Unit is the central repository of records vital to a law enforcement agency. They maintain records, file crime reports with the District Attorney’s Office, process traffic citations, process criminal and collision reports, release stored and impounded vehicles, manage arrest warrants and release police records
The Records Unit is open to the public Monday -Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). During business hours, records personnel assist citizens with crime reports, accident reports and other services. In addition, they assist other agencies with local records checks and other relevant information.
The Records Unit is responsible for the release of police report copies, vehicle impound releases, letters of good conduct and various other duties.
The records unit is staffed with one full time records specialist, three student assistants and one full-time records supervisor
The California Public Records Act states police crime reports are public records but are exempt from release to the public.
The exception to this is the release of crime reports to the victim, their authorized representative or an insurance carrier against which a claim might be made. [CAGC 6254(f)]
Arrest information (including arrest reports) is classified as confidential after 30 days from the date of the arrest.
Collision reports are releasable to drivers, authorized representative of the driver, owners of vehicles or of property damaged and persons who may incur civil liability. (CVC20012)
Police reports must be requested in writing.
Law Enforcement Agencies: Fax a request on your department letterhead to (530)752-3216. Requests will be processed within 72 hours. No fee required.
Personal Requests: Complete the application found here: UCDPD Records Request Form. You may also pick up and submit an application directly from our office during normal business hours (M-F 8am-5pm) at the Fire and Police Building (map location). Please allow 10 days for the UC Davis Police Department to process your request.
Attorneys and Insurance Companies: Submit your request on your company letterhead with a self-addressed envelope. Please allow 10 days for the UC Davis Police Department to process your request.
Please use the address listed below when mailing your request.
UC Davis Police Department
Attn: Records Unit
One Shields Ave
Davis, California 95616.
The cost of a report is $7.00. Payment will only be accepted by check or money order made payable to the "UC Regents".
Vehicle Impound Release
If your vehicle was impounded due to a specific vehicle code violation, you are required to obtain a release from the police department prior to the vehicle's release to you from the tow yard. The tow yard will require all towing fees are paid prior to release. The vehicle is released to the registered owner and the vehicle must be currently registered with DMV. The registered owner must have a valid license or have a licensed driver who is willing to take responsibility for driving the vehicle from the tow yard.
Letters of Good Conduct
Letters of Good conduct are often requested by various government and international organizations in matters of immigration and international adoptions.
A Letter of Good Conduct is a letter attesting to the contacts a UC Davis community member has with the police department.
For more information please call the UC Davis Police Department's Records Unit at (530) 752-8943