Background Checks

South Sound 911 provides “background checks” only by way of inspection of local criminal history record(s) and/or Visa Clearance Statements. Employers or individuals wishing to obtain a Washington state criminal history report (i.e., a background check) should contact the Washington State Patrol or visit their Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) website. Publicly available records include convictions and pending charges less than one year old.

Inspection of Criminal History Record

Per RCW 10.97.080, individuals may request to review local criminal history records by name or by fingerprint1 by visiting our office and completing a Request for Inspection of Records form. A state-issued identification is needed for this service.

For a fingerprint-based search, when identity is confirmed, South Sound 911 will mail you a postcard with a name and phone number to call to make an appointment to have your record reviewed. A copy of the record(s) will be provided. Please call to make this appointment, as the person you will need to speak to may not be available on a walk-in basis.


  • Inspection of Records by Name2 – $20
  • Inspection of Records by Fingerprint – $41
  • No personal checks

The only way to positively link someone to a criminal record is through fingerprint verification.

South Sound 911 cannot guarantee the records obtained through this process are related to the person on whom you are seeking information.

Visa Clearance Statements

Citizens traveling to, or adopting a child from, a foreign country may be asked to provide a Visa Clearance Statement from police agencies where they have lived. To request a Visa Clearance Statement from South Sound 911, please complete and sign this form and submit it to South Sound 911’s public counter for processing. Please complete only the fields provided; do not add any notations, marks or stamps.

If you are unable to visit our office, you may complete and sign the form – without any additional notations, marks or stamps – and mail it to South Sound 911’s public counter with:

  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope
  • A legible photocopy of a valid photo I.D. card (state I.D., driver license, passport, etc.)
  • A $20 & cashier’s check or money order payable to South Sound 911 (no personal checks, please)

Mail the form and the above materials to: South Sound 911; 945 Tacoma Ave. S.; Tacoma WA 98402.


  • $20 – No personal checks