Most reports are releasable to individuals when certain conditions are met in accordance with the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 92F. The Records and Identificatiion Division (R&ID) does not provide routine assistance with personal research matters or academic research projects.
You can request a copy of a police report in person at the Honolulu Police Department Records and Identification Division, 801 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, between 7:45 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The division is closed on weekends and State/Federal holidays.
If you want to request a copy of a police report by mail, you must mail a written request to the address above. Be sure to include the information required (see below) and your contact information (email address and phone number). You will be contacted regarding the cost of your request.
To obtain a copy of a report, you must provide the following:
All medical reports and criminal reports involving juvenile are considered confidential and requires a subpoena or court order for its release.
Generally, most police reports are releasable once all investigative processes have been completed and closed. The cost for the copy of a report is $0.50 for the first page and $0.25 for each additional page.
If a report is not releasable, complainants, victims, witnesses or an authorized representative in a criminal report may obtain a letter of verification stating that a report has been filed. The cost of a verification letter per report is $1.00 for the first page and $0.25 for each additional page.
All prison correspondences must go through the requestor's legal representative or the public defenders office.
Motor Vehicle Collision Reports (Traffic Accident)
Most Motor Vehicle Collision (MVC) reports are available 7 days after the accident. The cost of a copy of an MVC report is $0.50 for the first page, and $0.25 for each additional page.
Redacted Police Reports
To prevent unwarranted invasion of personal privacy in accordance with the UIPA of the HRS Chapter 92F-13, all report copies released to individuals will have personal information such as home address, social security numbers, date of birth and telephone numbers redacted (blacked out).
Clearance Letter and Criminal Background Checks (abstract)
The Honolulu Police Department does not provide clearance letters or criminal abstracts for individuals. The Honolulu Police Department only conducts background checks for police officer applicants. For an official summary of your arrest record, please contact the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, Kekuanao'a Building (corner of S. King Street and Punchbowl Street), 465 S. King Street Room #102, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, or call (808) 587-3279.
Lost and Found
Call 723-3270 for questions regarding lost and found property. (Evidence Room).
For more information contact the Records and Identification Division at (808)723-3258.