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Alarm Permits

The City of Austin has adopted laws regulating the operation of alarm systems. The City of Austin requires an alarm permit for each residence or business that operates an alarm system in the City Limits of the City of Austin. The Austin Police Department enforces and administers the Alarm Permit Ordinance. Cick here to view the Alarm Administration website.

The APD Booking Photo Database allows you to search for booking photos and includes booking photos from other Police agencies that utilize Travis County Central Booking.

APD Online Crash Reports

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Provides information on active traffic-related incidents reported to Austin Police, Aviation Police and Travis County Sheriff. Information is updated every five minutes.

The Blue Santa program provides full holiday meals and distributes wrapped Christmas gifts to community members during the holidays. Those in need can apply to receive help.

You can easily help area law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime in Austin and Travis County by submitting an anonymous crime tip online.

CrimeViewer is a web mapping application that accesses crime information from APD’s police reports database. Searches may be accomplished using several geographic boundaries.

Criminal History Check/Clearance Letter/Fingerprinting

Austin Police Department provides criminal history checks and “Clearance Letters” for those persons requesting that service.  In order to process that request, it is necessary the requestor provide (1) one request form for each person needing a criminal history record check, (2) a complete set of fingerprints submitted along with the request, (3) remit $25 for each record request (4) if your letter needs to be certified, there is an additional $2 charge for each requested clearance letter, (5) a postage paid self-addressed envelope for your remittance.

Personal checks and money orders must show that payment is to be paid in US Currency and is to be paid by a bank in the United States. That information must be preprinted on the money order, this information cannot be typed or handwritten on the money order. Checks and money orders should be made out to the City of Austin.

Austin Police Department provides fingerprinting service every Wednesday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. If you require fingerprinting, that service fee is $12 for a full set of prints on two fingerprint cards. A $6 fee is charged for each additional card if needed.


The APD’s online incident reporting system allows you to report a criminal incident to the Police Department. Entries into this system are for incidents that are not in progress and that present no threat of immediate harm to anyone.

The Greater Austin Crime Commission was formed in order to help the Austin Police Department reduce crime. The commission enables community members to support public safety concerns.

In most cases, the public portion of police reports can be obtained from the APD Incident Report Database. For all other questions or information regarding the purchase of police reports, traffic collision reports, and open records requests, please call 512-974-5212 or 512-974-5499. Report Sales new hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Raids Online

The Austin Police Department has partnered with Raids Online to provide the public with real time crime information in specific areas of Austin. The information is obtained from Versadex (our RMS System), displayed on a crime map with a link allowing citizens to enter crime tips. As a result, the public is better informed about crime in their area and can see these incidents on a map. 

Citizens can search for persons in the registered sex offenders database using geographical information or names.

Ride Along Program

Citizens may ride with officers while they are on patrol. View the Police Observer Program Policy 324.1 (page 197) here. We are not scheduling any riders during the month of March 2020 due to SXSW. You may still submit ride along forms but please select dates after March 2020.

To apply for a ride-along, please fill out one of the applications Printable or Electronic and follow these instructions for sending the form. When selecting your date to ride, please keep in mind that it takes 3-4 weeks to get a ride along scheduled. Riders may only ride ONCE per calendar quarter. 

This Warrant Search online service allows you to search for active warrants.