Open Government Request

NOTE: We are not required to answer questions, perform legal research, or create new information in response to your request.

Public Information is data that is collected, assembled, or maintained under a law, ordinance, or in connection with official business by a governmental body. It can also be for a governmental body and the latter owns the information or has a right of access to it.

For a successful request, you should provide as much information as possible. This will allow departments to complete your request more efficiently. This includes information such as:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Date ranges
  • Email Address
  • Subject matter

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Police Reports

Police requests consist of:

NOTE: Background checks cannot be submitted through the portal. Please visit the San Antonio Police Department website for additional information.

In Person

To get a copy of the basic public portion of a single report, please visit us at the San Antonio Police Department. We are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Required Documents

To ensure that privacy concerns are protected and legal standards are met, we may object to certain types of reports. These types of reports may not be releasable in person and/or may require you to provide documentation to determine your right of access. These include:

  • Your valid government issued ID card
  • Your birth certificate
  • Court guardianship documents (for reports that regard minors)

It is recommended that you request such reports online and attach the supporting documentation to your request.

For more information on what may be considered confidential, please see the SAPD’s 133-FOIA form(PDF, 162KB).


All charges and posts by a government body comply with the rules prescribed by the office of the attorney general. Fees depend on the length of the document that we provide. Requests expecting to exceed $40 will be provided with a cost estimate for your approval. The department(s) will contact you directly about any charges related to your request.