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Clearance or Visa Criminal Background Checks Letter

Criminal Background Check service is available through the Madison Police Department for the general public. The criminal check is for the City of Madison only. Results of the check will be provided in the form of a notarized letter. The letter would list any City of Madison physical arrests since the age of 17. This does not include any arrests where a Misdemeanor or Ordinance Citation was issued and the party was not booked into the Dane County Jail nor the existence of pending criminal charges or outstanding warrants. Any questions about the dispositions of arrests, citations, or warrants should be forwarded to the Madison Municipal Court or Dane County Circuit Court.

Clearance and Visa Letters take 7-10 business days to process. We require pre-payment of $9.00 for each person requiring a letter. We can either call the requestor to pick-up the letter upon completion or we can mail to the address provided. For letters needing to be mailed outside of the United States, an addressed and pre-paid postage envelope must be provided.

Please Note: Wisconsin State Statute 48.396(1) does not allow us to release any records of children under eighteen (18) years of age prior to January 1, 1996. Any arrests for criminal matters on or after January 1, 1996 for children under seventeen (17) years of age will not be released.

Miscellaneous Background Checks

The Madison Police Department can complete background check forms from individuals and agencies requesting a City of Madison Police background check. The background check is for the City of Madison only. We will complete the forms provided and provide you with records within the scope of your request. Any questions about the dispositions of arrests or citations should be forwarded to the Madison Municipal Court or Dane County Circuit Court. We require pre-payment of $9.00 for each person for each person needing a background for the request. For forms needing to be mailed outside of the United States, an addressed and pre-paid postage envelope must be provided. These background checks take 7-10 business days to process.

Additional Background Check Resource Information

To request Madison Police Department contact sheets for an individual, you may fill out the form below and email it to pdrecords@cityofmadison.com or make your request by phone at (608) 266-4075.

To request a background check that encompasses the entire State of Wisconsin, you may contact the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

To request a background check for the entire United States, you may contact the FBI.

Requests are taken:

In person:

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

211 S. Carroll St, Room GR-10
Madison, WI 53703

Mail:

Madison Police Court Services
Attn: Backgrounds
211 S. Carroll St, Room GR-10
Madison, WI 53703

Contact Information:

Phone: (608) 261-8015

Fax: (608) 267-1117

Email: pdbackgrounds@cityofmadison.com