The department's Certificate of Conduct and Non-Criminal Fingerprint Section, Criminal Records Section, and Aided Unit provide different types of records or reports upon request. Some reports are only available online while requests for Certificates of Conduct must be made in person at Police Headquarters in Lower Manhattan. Information about the various types of requests is available below.
FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests can be made through the Department's Legal Bureau.
Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to limit the number of people gathered in one place, ALL fingerprinting services will now require an appointment. Walk-ins WILL NOT be accepted. Applicants will be fingerprinted and/or photographed. Please call 646-610-5541 to schedule an appointment. Check the website carefully or call the office to ensure that you have the correct proofs of identification and other necessary documents to schedule an appointment.
Once scheduled, please arrive at your scheduled appointment on time. If not, your appointment may have to be rescheduled. All visitors to the building must pass through two (2) security checks. To allow for social distancing, please do not bring additional people to your appointment, unless necessary. Bring all documents and a black pen to complete the application. Face masks must be worn to appointments.
All documents presented must be originals, intact and cannot be laminated. The name on the accepted form of identification will be displayed on the Certificate of Conduct or Non-Criminal Fingerprint Card (unless an original name change document is presented).
International money orders are not accepted. All credit and debit card users must be present in the office at the time of processing. Names on credit or debit cards must match the required identification that will be used for processing. Credit/Debit cards must be signed.
All Certificates of Conduct will be mailed (USPS) after the completion of processing. Processing and mailing should occur within ten (10) business days. Applicants can purchase a pre-paid FedEx envelope and bring it to the appointment to have their certificate mailed, if they prefer.
Certificate of Conduct and Non-Criminal Fingerprint Section
The Certificate of Conduct and Non-Criminal Fingerprint Section processes applicants for Certificates of Conduct and Non-criminal fingerprints which may be required to obtain certain permits or licenses.
Certificates of Conduct (formerly known as Good Conduct Certificates) requests are criminal history searches/background checks within the five boroughs of New York City. Applicants must schedule an appointment for services. Applicants are fingerprinted and photographed at One Police Headquarters, Room 152-A, Lower Manhattan. Applicants must submit a $50.00 money order or certified check payable to the New York City Police Department. International Money Orders are not accepted. Credit and bank debit cards are also accepted (Debit cards must have a Visa or Master Card logo). Credit or debit card holders must be onsite at the time of payment.
When a Certificate of Conduct or a Non- Criminal Fingerprint card is purchased, additional non-criminal fingerprints can be purchased for $1.00 per card.
Valid photo identification must be provided to obtain services. Processing and mailing normally takes approximately ten working days.
Accepted types of documentation and identification required for obtaining a Certificate of Conduct are listed below. No document photocopies, pictures of documents or laminated documents will be accepted.
Accepted types of documentation required for obtaining Non-Criminal Fingerprints are listed below:
Location and Contact Information
One Police Plaza, Room 152-A
New York, NY 10038-1497
Hours for processing 8:00am-2:00pm
Listed below are a few websites that may be of assistance.
Identity History Summary Checks www.fbi.gov
NY State of Criminal Justice Record Review www.criminaljustice.ny..gov
US Citizenship and Immigration Services www.uscis.gov
For people with disabilities who may need assistance or require reasonable accommodations, please inform staff upon making an appointment.
The Criminal Records Section stores and maintains reports of crime and lost property, and provides information from these files to members of the public and authorized agencies, as required by law and department rule.
Verification of Crime/Lost Property reports are provided by the Criminal Records Section, which stores and maintains crime and lost property reports and provides information from these files to members of the public and authorized agencies, as required by law and department regulations.
You can request a copy of a Verification of Crime/Lost Property report by submitting your request online or by mail. The form is available for download, or can be picked up at any police precinct, Housing Bureau public service area, or Transit Bureau district. Reports can only be returned through the mail and are NOT available at Police Headquarters.
If mailed, you must include two copies of the completed form, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Complainants/victims designating an authorized representative must complete, notarize, and mail the request to the address above.
NYPD / Criminal Records Section
One Police Plaza, Room 303
New York, NY 10038
The Criminal Records Section is NOT open to the general public.
Operates: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Telephone inquiries ONLY.
*Please note: Effective Sunday, May 5, 2019, 7:30 AM, there is NO LONGER any fee assoicated with the Verification of Crime/Lost Property report.*
Aided Records involve occurrences when a person is injured (not involving a motor vehicle), or becomes sick or lost, and service is rendered by the New York City Police Department. Aided Records can only be obtained through the mail and are NOT available at Police Headquarters. The form can be downloaded here or is also available at any police precinct, Housing Bureau public service area, or Transit Bureau district. Two copies of the form are required along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Mail two copies of the completed form, with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
NYPD / Criminal Records Section (Aided Unit)
One Police Plaza, Room 303
New York, NY 10038