Police Certificate / Clearance Letter

​You may apply for this letter in person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30am – 11:30am and 1pm – 3:30pm. You are required to provide current and valid identification because your identity must be witnessed and notarized prior to performing the service. If the above days are not convenient to have your signature notarized at our department, you may elect to pick up the form during business hours and have your own banker or notary complete the document. You may then return and pay for the document Monday through Friday between 9:00am – 11:30am and 1pm – 3:30pm. The cost is $10 and your request is processed within two to four weeks. Your certificate will be mailed to you or you may arrange to pick it up. If you also require fingerprints, you may apply for the clearance letter on the same day as you are fingerprinted.

This document only certifies the lack of or existence of records in the jurisdiction of the City of Bellingham. If you require a more extensive background check, you will need to contact the Washington State Patrol Identification Section at (360) 705-5100 or visit their WATCH program website.


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