Clearance letters

A clearance letter is a formal document from the Minneapolis Police Department. It states that you don’t have an arrest record with us.

Overview

A clearance letter is a formal document from us. It states that an individual doesn't have an arrest record with the Minneapolis Police Department.

This document is notarized, certified and printed on department letterhead.

View a sample clearance letter

Reasons to request

You may want to get a clearance letter if you plan to:

  • Adopt
  • Work overseas
  • Apply for a student visa
  • Apply for a job
  • Become a U.S. citizen

 

How to request a clearance letter

You can request a clearance letter by mail or in person.

By mail

Mail your request and payment to the Records Information Unit.

Along with a note or letter requesting a clearance letter, you must send:

  • A photocopy of valid ID, for example, a driver’s license, state ID or passport
  • A check or money order for $6.25 payable to City of Minneapolis
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope

Please allow five to 10 business days for us to process mailed requests.

In person

Go to the Records Information Unit.

What to bring:

  • Valid photo identification (ID), for example, a driver’s license, state ID or passport
  • $6.25 cash, check or money order payable to the City of Minneapolis (we don't accept credit cards)

Contact us

Minneapolis Police Department
Records Information Unit

Phone

612-673-2961

Address

City Hall
350 Fifth St. S.
Room 31
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Minneapolis Police Department

Phone

612-673-3000

Address

City Hall
350 Fifth St. S.
Room 130
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday