The Records Division is comprised of civilian employees who provide clerical support for the Police Department by maintaining all reports of police related activity, and performing data entry into the Records Management System.

The Records Division is responsible for processing public records request for police reports, criminal history checks, work permits, fingerprints, convicted person and sex offender registrations, photograph copies, business license backgrounds and special event permits in accordance with Sparks Municipal Code, Chapter 5 and Nevada Revised Statues.

Police records services are available: Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (Closed on Holidays) at 1701 E. Prater Way, Sparks NV 89431.

Incident Crime Reports

Public records requests are submitted to the Records Division.  Please call 775-353-2279 press #4 to confirm the report is available for dissemination prior to appearing in person.  Juvenile criminal information is deemed confidential and cannot be released.

When requesting an incident crime report, please have the following information available

  • Report Number (for example: 16-12345)
  • Your Name
  • Type of Incident (traffic accident, burglary, etc.)
  • Involved person’s name(s)
  • Date and time of incident
  • Address or location of incident

Download the Case Requests/Public Record Request Form

Acceptable Forms of Identification

For services requiring a valid form of identification, the following is a list of acceptable photo ID’s

  • Any valid state driver’s license or state ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • US Military Identification
  • Passport
  • Resident Alien Card issued by INS



Fingerprints services are taken electronically through live scan machines.

An appointment is Required.   Schedule your appointment

Criminal History Check

All requests for a criminal history check will contain only Sparks Police Department arrests with a disposition.  It is your responsibility to contact Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Officer and Nevada Highway Patrol to obtain a complete criminal history check for Washoe County.

Download the Criminal History Request Form

Upload the completed Request Forms here

Work Permits

Prior to beginning employment in a job or position requiring a work permit each applicant must fill out an application, pay all required fees, shall be fingerprinted, and photographed.  No portion of any such fee is refundable.  Each applicant must furnish a government issued photo identification and confirmation that the applicant is legally capable of being employed in the United States.

Alcohol Work Permits are suspended until the City Council’s meeting on July 13, 2020.  The City of Sparks is in the process of attempting to repeal the ordinance requiring Alcohol Work permits within the city. The matter is being addressed at the 2:00 p.m. July 13, 2020 City Council meeting. Please do not send any employees to the Sparks Police Department to obtain a new Alcohol Beverage work permit or renew a prior one until after the meeting is concluded. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call 775-353-2243.

An Appointment is required for all other work permits.  Schedule your appointment here:

Business License Background

Sparks Municipal Code requires certain business license to have a fingerprint background check performed.

An Appointment is required.  Schedule your appointment here:


Photographs or videos that are taken in conjunction with an incident report are subject to public records requests.

Download the Case Requests/Public Record Request Form.

Special Event Permits

Special event, sound amplifying, and special event alcohol permits are required on a public place or property.

An Appointment is Required.  Please call 353-2243 to schedule an appointment.

Sex Offender Registration

Sex offenders living or visiting within the limits of the City of Sparks must register in accordance with Nevada Revised Statue 179D.

Sex Offender Initial Registration:  An Appointment is Required.  Schedule your appointment here.

Sex Offender Check-in:  An Appointment is Required.  Schedule your appointment here.

Convicted Person Registration

Convicted persons living or visiting with the limits of the City of Sparks must register in accordance with Nevada Revised Statue 179C.

Convicted Persons Registration:  An Appointment is Required.  Schedule your appointment here.

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Notice regarding COVID-19

In an attempt to provide the best service we can to our community, the Sparks Police Department will be implementing several preventative measures to help reduce or prevent the exposure and spread of Covid-19. These changes will begin 11/16/2020. This temporary altering and or reduction in services is only temporary and is designed to help reduce exposure to both our community and our employees. The Sparks Police Department is committed to placing our community first and this is an effort to keep our staff healthy and available to assist our community’s emergent needs. These changes in services are only temporary. Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. All Work Permits Fingerprint Cards Additionally, the following services will be provided online or via mail only until further notice: Criminal History Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Case Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Convicted Persons Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Sex Offender Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Our front desk will be open by appointment only. We ask for your patience during this time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

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