Police Certificate / Clearance Letter

​A police certificate (also known as a clearance letter, immigration letter or visa clearance letter) is a document generated by the Bellingham Police Department for residents of the city of Bellingham. This letter states that a search of all of your names has been done and that you have no criminal record or there is a criminal record on file with the Bellingham Police Department. This document is often required by official agencies both within the United States and within several foreign governments and may be required for a variety of reasons.

You may apply for this letter in person on Wednesday’s 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 Wednesday’s 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 docum​ent. 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.

Notarial Services

The police department performs notary services for police business only. S​ervices are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 11:30am.


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