Records Requests

Civil Fingerprints

Please bring the paperwork/documentation from the agency requesting the prints.

The Records Request Form may be used for requesting information for Crash Reports, Local Background Checks, and a Police Report Verification Letter.

Crash Reports

There are two ways to obtain crash reports.  The requestor must be either an insurance company or the person named in the report.

Local Background Check

This background check will cover offenses the requester was convicted of only by the James Madison University Police Department. This does not include traffic offenses.  The Records Release Form may be mailed in, but first be notarized as indicated on the form, if not delivered in person.

Police Report Verification Letter 

This letter verifies that a report is on file with the James Madison University Police Department and also provides the following information; date and time of offense, reporting officer, and what property was stolen or damaged.

Freedom of Information Act - Residents of Virginia may request public records permitted under the Freedom of Information Act.  The Act permits reasonable charges for costs incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for requested records.  Should the estimated cost for producing the documents exceed $200, a deposit will be required prior to the request being processed.  In order for us to respond, please include your return address with your request.

Submit requests in writing to:

Custodian of Records, James Madison University Police Department 821 S. Main St, MSC 6810, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Criminal Arrest Records - The Department of Virginia State Police Central Criminal Record Exchange is the custodian of these records.  Arrest records can be found in the Virginia Court system under Harrisonburg & Rockingham County. The website is

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