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 and Incident Reports
A public copy of a report may be obtained from the records department twenty-four hours after the incident occurred. There is a five-dollar fee for State Accident Reports. A State Accident Report can also be retrieved from www.buycrash.com All other reports must be obtained from the records department Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. excluding holidays. Helpful information to find a report includes report number or date, location of the incident, name and date of birth of the involved.
There are two types of handgun licenses available in the State of Indiana; Hunting and Target license, and Personal Protection License. A Hunting and Target license is a limited license that allows a person to lawfully transport a handgun to and from hunting or target shooting only. A Personal Protection license allows a person to lawfully carry a handgun at any time on his or her person or in a vehicle.
To apply for a Personal Protection License go to www.isp.in.gov and follow the directions under the firearms licensing tab. After the permit has been applied for, an appointment for fingerprints must be made through Identogo. Contact information for Identogo is www.identogo.com or by calling 1-877-472-6917. After these steps are completed, please allow 3-5 business days before contacting the Columbus Police Department for processing. As of July 1, 2021 there is no longer a fee for Personal Protection Licenses.
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 at the Columbus Police Department. These checks are often required before employment or housing rentals. A valid photo ID must be presented at the time of the background check and the fee is $7.00
If someone needs to obtain photos from an accident / incident scene, they can be purchased from the Police Department here.