What We Do2018-12-20T22:58:56+00:00

CRASH REPORTS

Reports are available in person at our records division or may be purchased online. The State of Indiana contracts with BuyCrash.com to make reports available for purchase, and the Elkhart Police Department has no input on cost or associated fees when buying online.

PUBLIC RECORDS

The Elkhart Police Department records department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals may request information at any time, subject to Indiana Code 5-14-3.  Click HERE to download a public record request form to bring with you.

**The records department will only fingerprint individuals for certain qualifying employment related needs**

***The records department does NOT accept $50.00 or $100.00 bills.  However, does accept debit cards and credit cards (VISA or Mastercard).***

ID Requirements

Fingerprinting

  • US Government issued photo ID

Background Checks

  • Adult

  1. US Government issued photo ID

  2. Social Security Card

  • Juvenile

  1. US Government issued photo ID

  2. Must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian with photo ID in any form

  3. Birth Certificate (to validate parents ID)

  4. Social Security Card

  5. Certified guardianship paperwork from the court signed by the Judge.

  • Juvenile Records

  1. Juvenile record checks requested either by the individual themselves for another party will be referred to the Elkhart County Juvenile Court System for information regarding any arrest that is on record.

GUN PERMITS

The state of Indiana requires residents wishing to obtain a handgun permit to apply through the police department with primary jurisdiction. On Oct. 1, 2014, the process was changed.

Local fees – $10 (four-year permit); $40 (non-expired renewal to lifetime permit); $50 (new lifetime permit or renewal of expired permit)
State fees – $30 (four-year permit); $60 (non-expired renewal to lifetime permit); $75 (new lifetime permit or renewal of expired permit)

1. Go online to the Indiana State Police site to fill out the gun permit application. (Most libraries provide Internet access, subject to terms of service.)

2. Schedule an appointment with L1 / MorphoTrust USA to have fingerprints taken.  (The records department does not handle fingerprinting for gun permits.)

3. Phone the Elkhart Police Department Records Division at (574) 295-7070 and inform staff of your submission of an application with fingerprints. NO VISIT TO THE POLICE STATION IS NECESSARY AT THIS TIME.

4. After the initial review, you will receive a telephone call from the Elkhart Police Department Records Division to come to the station to continue the process. You will be asked to complete and sign a background check waiver at this time. 

Records are located at 175 Waterfall Drive, between 8 a.m and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Please bring the following:
– Cash, check or money order for the local fee only
– Driver’s license with current address, Social Security card, L1 / Morpho Trust fingerprint receipt
, and (if applicable) previous handgun permit. Records will make copies of these items for the background check.

The Elkhart Police Department will notify applicants after local approval.

The Indiana State Police make all final determinations, generally within 12 weeks, and issue permits. Please contact the Indiana State Police with any questions regarding denial, or to obtain a replacement permit if lost.

If your home address has a five-digit street number, you are a county resident and you must complete the process through the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, (574) 891-2300.

SALVAGE VEHICLE INSPECTION

Individuals wanting to request an Elkhart Police Department officer for the purpose of a salvage vehicle inspection should complete the following form. Upon submission, the requesting individual will be contacted with more information, including a window of time for the inspection.

Salvage Vehicle Inspection Request

Between 0800 and 1100 (8 a.m. to 11 a.m.)Between 1100 and 1500 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)Between 1500 and 2000 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Additionally, a requesting individual must complete the owner and vehicle sections of the state of Indiana’s Physical Inspection of a Vehicle or Watercraft form prior to meeting with the EPD officer. (Link will open as a PDF that can be filled online and printed.)

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF

The Elkhart Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies provide a safe way for residents to dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

The drop box in the lobby of the Elkhart Police Department, 175 Waterfall Drive, is accessible between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The drop box cannot accept syringes or liquids.

Police officers transport the contents of the drop box to a secure location for destruction. The process is friendly to the environment.

CRASH REPORTS

Reports are available in person at our records division or may be purchased online. The State of Indiana contracts with BuyCrash.com to make reports available for purchase, and the Elkhart Police Department has no input on cost or associated fees when buying online.

PUBLIC RECORDS

The Elkhart Police Department records department is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals may request information at any time, subject to Indiana Code 5-14-3.  Click HERE to download a public record request form to bring with you.

**The records department will only fingerprint individuals for certain qualifying employment related needs**

***The records department does NOT accept $50.00 or $100.00 bills.  However, does accept debit cards and credit cards (VISA or Mastercard).***

ID Requirements

Fingerprinting

  • US Government issued photo ID

Background Checks

  • Adult

  1. US Government issued photo ID

  2. Social Security Card

  • Juvenile

  1. US Government issued photo ID

  2. Must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian with photo ID in any form

  3. Birth Certificate (to validate parents ID)

  4. Social Security Card

  5. Certified guardianship paperwork from the court signed by the Judge.

  • Juvenile Records

  1. Juvenile record checks requested either by the individual themselves for another party will be referred to the Elkhart County Juvenile Court System for information regarding any arrest that is on record.

GUN PERMITS

The state of Indiana requires residents wishing to obtain a handgun permit to apply through the police department with primary jurisdiction. On Oct. 1, 2014, the process was changed.

Local fees – $10 (four-year permit); $40 (non-expired renewal to lifetime permit); $50 (new lifetime permit or renewal of expired permit)
State fees – $30 (four-year permit); $60 (non-expired renewal to lifetime permit); $75 (new lifetime permit or renewal of expired permit)

1. Go online to the Indiana State Police site to fill out the gun permit application. (Most libraries provide Internet access, subject to terms of service.)

2. Schedule an appointment with L1 / MorphoTrust USA to have fingerprints taken.  (The records department does not handle fingerprinting for gun permits.)

3. Phone the Elkhart Police Department Records Division at (574) 295-7070 and inform staff of your submission of an application with fingerprints. NO VISIT TO THE POLICE STATION IS NECESSARY AT THIS TIME.

4. After the initial review, you will receive a telephone call from the Elkhart Police Department Records Division to come to the station to continue the process. You will be asked to complete and sign a background check waiver at this time. 

Records are located at 175 Waterfall Drive, between 8 a.m and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Please bring the following:
– Cash, check or money order for the local fee only
– Driver’s license with current address, Social Security card, L1 / Morpho Trust fingerprint receipt
, and (if applicable) previous handgun permit. Records will make copies of these items for the background check.

The Elkhart Police Department will notify applicants after local approval.

The Indiana State Police make all final determinations, generally within 12 weeks, and issue permits. Please contact the Indiana State Police with any questions regarding denial, or to obtain a replacement permit if lost.

If your home address has a five-digit street number, you are a county resident and you must complete the process through the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, (574) 891-2300.

SALVAGE VEHICLE INSPECTION

Individuals wanting to request an Elkhart Police Department officer for the purpose of a salvage vehicle inspection should complete the following form. Upon submission, the requesting individual will be contacted with more information, including a window of time for the inspection.

Salvage Vehicle Inspection Request

Between 0800 and 1100 (8 a.m. to 11 a.m.)Between 1100 and 1500 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)Between 1500 and 2000 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Additionally, a requesting individual must complete the owner and vehicle sections of the state of Indiana’s Physical Inspection of a Vehicle or Watercraft form prior to meeting with the EPD officer. (Link will open as a PDF that can be filled online and printed.)

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF

The Elkhart Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies provide a safe way for residents to dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

The drop box in the lobby of the Elkhart Police Department, 175 Waterfall Drive, is accessible between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

The drop box cannot accept syringes or liquids.

Police officers transport the contents of the drop box to a secure location for destruction. The process is friendly to the environment.

HELPFUL LINKS

Elkhart City Ordinances

Elkhart County Prosecutor

Sex Offender
Registry

Buycrash.com

Michiana Crime Stoppers

Community Crime Map

HELPFUL LINKS

Elkhart City Ordinances

Elkhart County Prosecutor

Sex Offender Registry

Buycrash.com

Michiana Crime Stoppers

Community Crime Map