Background Checks

South Sound 911 provides background checks for Criminal History Inspections of local (Pierce County) records and for Visa Clearance Statements for citizens traveling to a foreign country.

Criminal History Inspections

Individuals wishing to review their Pierce County criminal history may submit a Request for Inspection of Records form at our office. This is a for a local criminal history record only.

Review of your local record requires that we verify your identity. To do this, you need to be fingerprinted at our office. Once we have determined that you are the person listed in the record, South Sound 911 will send you a postcard with a name and number to call to make an appointment to review your record. Please call to make this appointment, as the person you will need to speak to may not be available on a walk-in basis.

    $30 - No personal checks, or debit or credit cards
Employers or individuals wishing to obtain criminal conviction records for Washington state should contact the Washington State Patrol or visit their Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) website. Publicly available records include convictions and pending charges less than one year old.
Visa Clearance Statements
Citizens traveling to, or adopting a child from, a foreign country may be asked to provide a Visa Clearance Statement from police agencies where they have lived. To request a Visa Clearance Statement from South Sound 911, please complete and sign this form and submit it on a walk-in basis to South Sound 911's public counter for processing. Please complete only the fields provided; do not add any notations, marks or stamps.

If you are unable to visit our office in person, you may complete and sign the form - without any additional notations, marks or stamps - and mail it to South Sound 911's public counter with:
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope
  • A legible photocopy of a valid photo I.D. card (state I.D., driver license, passport, etc.)
  • A $20 cashier's check or money order payable to South Sound 911 (no personal checks please)
     $20 - No personal checks, or debit or credit cards