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Records Division of the Columbus Police Department is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  The Records Division is located in the lobby of the Police Department.

Accident Reports

People can usually receive a copy of a traffic accident report the day following the accident.  Helpful information to find an accident report includes date, location of accident and driver’s name.  There is a fee for State Crash Reports.

Handgun License

There are two types of handgun licenses available in the State of Indiana.  A Hunting and Target license is a limited license and allows a person to lawfully transport a handgun to or from hunting or target shooting only.  A Personal Protection or unlimited license allows a person to lawfully carry a handgun at any time on his or her person or in a vehicle.  Anyone living in the city limits of Columbus, Indiana must make their application for a handgun license through the Columbus Police Department.

Online Handgun Permit

Apply online at: and choose Firearms Licensing

Then choose Firearms Permit Application Process.

Sign up for L1 (Morpho Trust) fingerprints online at end of the application.

You MUST LIVE IN THE CITY LIMITS of Columbus to complete the process through OUR department.

AFTER having your fingerprints taken you will need to bring to the CPD: Your local fee of $50, cash, check or money order (Lifetime Permit), or $10 (4 Year Permit), and the card you were given at the time of fingerprinting.

Incident Reports

Basic incident reports, such as vandalism, theft, damage to property, can be requested either in advance by calling 376-2653, or in person at the Records Division.  Multiple incident report requests should be made at least one day in advance via the telephone.

Limited Background Checks

Limited background checks can be requested in person, Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  These checks are often required before employment with many businesses.  Must present a photo ID and the cost is $7.00.

Accident/Incident Photos

If someone needs to obtain photos from an accident / incident scene, they can be purchased from the Police Department here.