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Crime Records Bureau: Criminal History Requests


The McAllen Police Department conducts local criminal background checks and clearance letters* during normal business hours. Criminal History requests are only created with the subject’s authorization. All third party requests must be accompanied by a notarized authorization release form from the subject being inquired upon.

Request for Background Checks / Clearance Letters

Public Information Request Form

Submit Request Online

By mail, in-person, or or online. Download the Public Information Request Form and complete. Proper Identification is required to complete a criminal history request (i.e. Driver’s License, State issued ID, military ID, Alien registration card, and/or Passport. All identification must be current and valid in order to process your request. Copies of Proper Identification are required for all third party requests.

Submit completed form by mail to:

McAllen Police Department - Crime Records Office
PO Box 220
McAllen, TX 78505-0220
or by fax to (956) 681-2081.


Services may be paid by cash/check/money order. Make check/money order payable to the City of McAllen. Do not send cash.

Criminal History Reports Fee Schedule

Report Type Fee
Clearance Letter Record Found: $5.00
No Record Found: $5.00
Copy of Certified Letter $2.00 per letter

NOTE: All background checks and clearance letters are limited only to information found in local McAllen Police Department records. The background checks/clearance letters do not include any records of other cities, counties, or states. For traffic citations/violations, please contact McAllen Municipal Court for disposition letters @ (956)681-2900 or visit the McAllen Municipal Court at 1601 N. Bicentennial Blvd, McAllen, TX.

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