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Records Division


Mailing Address:

Records Division
Torrance Police Department
3300 Civic Center Dr.
Torrance, CA 90503-5056

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. CLOSED on Weekends and Holidays.

About Records:  The Records Division is a service support unit within the Services Bureau.  Division staffing consists of a Records Manager, two Records Supervisors, and seventeen Police Records Technicians. 

The Records Division operates on a round-the-clock basis, performing numerous tasks aiding our department, other law enforcement agencies, and the general public to gain access to necessary records.  Part of our responsibilities includes interpreting federal and state laws, as well as departmental policy in determining the release and retrieval of confidential criminal information.

Obtaining copies of Traffic Accident or Crime Reports

In order to obtain a copy of an traffic accident report, you must be one of the parties interest therein. This is included, but not limited to the driver or drivers involved, or the guardian or conservator thereof, the parent of a minor driver or the authorized representative of the driver or any named person injured by the accident.

In order to obtain a crime report, you must be the victim of the crime.

If you are not named on the report, the Torrance Police Department is happy to assist you in obtaining or reviewing any records, documents, or reports to which you are legally entitled.

If your request is made pursuant to the California Public Records Act that request must be made to the Torrance City Clerk located in City Hall, 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503.

In person:  To obtain a copy of a report in person, you must have a valid photo ID.  Please complete the Report Request Form and return it to the Records Division during our normal business hours.  The cost for the report is $1 cash, check or money order. Please make checks and money orders payable to the City of Torrance.  We do not accept $100.00 bills.

By mail:  To obtain a copy of a report by mail, please complete the Report Request Form and send it to the mailing address indicated on the form along with a copy of your valid photo ID, check or money order, and a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Please make checks and money orders payable to the City of Torrance.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.

Please include your phone number in the event that we need to contact you.

The processing time for your report will vary depending on the incident.  The average turn-around time for a response will be 10 days from receipt within the Records Division.  If you have any questions, please call 310-618-5529.

Obtaining a Clearance Letter

You may request a clearance letter in person only.  You must have lived or currently live, in the City of Torrance.  Please bring your current driver's license as valid proof of residency.  If you work in the City of Torrance, please bring your company issued identification badge as verification of your employer, as well as your driver's license or photo identification. The cost of a clearance letter is $17.

Narcotic, Arson, and Sex Registrant Information

Sex Registration:  To register as a Sex offender please contact the Detective Division at 310-618-5570.

Arson or Narcotic Registrant:  To register as an Arson or Narcotic registrant you must bring photo identification and current proof of Torrance residency such as a current utility bill with your name on it or a letter from a sober living facility. No appointment is necessary.

The registration process could take up to 2 hours.  Please allow yourself sufficient time to complete the entire process. 

Services and Fees



Copies of Reports


Clearance Letters


Fix-it Ticket Inspection Fee


Impounded Vehicle Fees

$82 - cash only

Stored Vehicle Fees

$82- cash only

Vehicle Repossession Fees


Subpoena Fees-Officer


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Miscellaneous Information

Impounded and Stored vehicle releases are to be paid in cash only.

The Records Division does not accept $100.00 bills.

For your convenience an ATM is available in the Lobby.