Background Checks

Individuals may request a local (Pierce County only) criminal history record 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 criminal history record, 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 criminal record 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.


  • Background Check by Name2 – $20
  • Background Check by Fingerprint – $40
  • No personal checks

Employers or individuals wishing to obtain Washington state criminal conviction records 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.


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 on a walk-in basis 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 in person, 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)


  • $20 – No personal checks