Records Division of the Columbus Police Department is open to the public, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We can be found by entering the lobby of the Police Department and checking with the employee at the window on the right.

Services provided by Records Division
People can retrieve a copy of a traffic accident report, the day following the accident. Helpful information to find an accident report (date, location of accident, driver's name), and a State Crash Reports are charged a $5 fee.

Handgun License
There are two types of handgun licenses available in the State of Indiana. A Hunting and Target license is a limited license and allows a person to lawfully transport a handgun to or from hunting or target shooting only. A Personal Protection or unlimited license allows a person to lawfully carry a handgun at anytime on his or her person or in a vehicle. Anyone living in the city limits of Columbus, Indiana must make their application for a handgun license through the Columbus Police Department.



Apply online at : and choose Firearms Licensing

Then choose Firearms Permit Application Process

Sign up for L1 (Morpho Trust) fingerprints online at end of application.

You MUST LIVE IN THE CITY LIMITS of Columbus to complete this process through OUR department.

AFTER having your fingerprints taken you will need to bring to the CPD :   Your Local Fee of $50, cash, check or money order (Lifetime Permit), or $10 (4 Year Permit), and the card you were given at the time of fingerprinting.


Incident Reports
Basic incident reports, (Vandalism, Theft, Damage to Property) can be requested in advance by calling 376-2654 and they can be located at the records division. Or they can be requested in person with only a short wait time. Multiple incident report requests should be made at least one day in advance and can be made over the phone.

Limited Background Checks
Limited background checks can be requested in person, Tuesday- Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. These checks are often required before employment with many businesses.

Accident / Incident Photos
If someone is in need of obtaining photos from accident / incident scenes, they can be purchased from the police department. Visit the Download Center and download the "Request for Photos Form" that is listed under the "Records Division". All instructions for submitting the form and pricing are listed on the form.

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