1. How do I get fingerprinted?

The Clatsop County Jail provides fingerprinting services. No appointment is necessary. The jail is located at 636 Duane Street in Astoria. For hours and a fee schedule, please contact the jail at 503-325-8641, or visit their website.

2. The police department impounded my vehicle. How do I get my vehicle back?

A person named on the registration must come to the police department Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays, between 9 am and 4 pm. That person must have a valid driver’s license, proof of current insurance and pay a $100 administrative fee in cash or check. The owner will be given a receipt from the police department, which must be taken to Astoria Towing. The owner is required to pay the towing and storage fee to Astoria Towing and the vehicle will be released. This information is also provided in the paperwork that was given to the driver at the time the vehicle was impounded.

3. How do I obtain a copy of a police report?

Requests for copies of police reports and other public records held by the police department must be submitted in writing to the police records unit. Simply complete the Records Request form available online at our website and mail or bring it to the police department, or visit the police department for a records request form. The records unit is open Monday through Friday, excluding holidays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Once the request is received, the record will be made available in a reasonable time or you will be told why it cannot be released. Normally, pending criminal case records and some juvenile records will not be released as a public record. You will be charged a fee for the record that must be paid prior to releasing the record. Information about fees is available on the City of Astoria website, click on administrative fees.

4. How do I obtain a copy of a criminal history?

The Astoria Police Department cannot provide information about your criminal history or another person’s criminal history. A complete criminal history may be obtained through the Oregon State Police, #13 Portway Street. 503-325-5515. You can also visit the Public Records Unit on the State of Oregon website.

5. How do I retrieve my property being held at the police department?

Please contact the evidence custodian at 503-338-6411 x 13 for the procedures on retrieving your property.

6. What telephone number do I call to report a crime?

In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. To have an officer sent to your location when time allows or call you about a non emergency, please call 503-325-4411.

7. I have been in a traffic accident. Do I have to report it and where can I get the report form?

Traffic accidents involving death, injuries or property damage greater than $1500 must be reported on a special form to DMV. You may pick up a traffic accident form at your local DMV office, or at the police department. After completion, you may mail the form to DMV, deliver it to the local DMV office, or leave it with the police department and we will mail it to DMV for you. For more information please visit the Oregon DMV website.

8. What is the difference between a restraining order and a stalking order and how do I obtain one?

A restraining order is issued by the State Circuit Court if you have been a victim of domestic abuse from an intimate partner, spouse, former spouse, parent of your minor child or relative related by blood. Applications for restraining orders can be obtained at the Clatsop County Courthouse, 749 Commercial Street, Astoria.

A criminal stalking order may be issued by a police officer if you are being followed, harassed, threatened or menaced repeatedly by an individual you can identify. Call 503-325-4411 for an officer to discuss criminal stalking orders. Civil stalking orders are issued by the Clatsop County Circuit Court for the same problems as a criminal stalking order. Visit the Clatsop County Court at 749 Commercial Street, Astoria, for information about civil stalking orders.

In most cases, restraining orders and stalking orders involve more complex matters. Additional information about both these legal processes can be obtained from the Women’s Resource Center, 503-325-3426.

9. Can I call to check if I have a warrant?

Information regarding wanted people will not be given over the phone. You must come to the police department and ask in person.

10. How do I obtain a concealed weapons permit?

Concealed weapon permits are obtained through the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, 503-325-8635.

11. When is your next auction?

The City of Astoria contracts with GovDeals.com, an online property liquidator, for disposal of surplus and unclaimed property. GovDeals.com handles property disposals for hundreds of Police and Sheriff Departments throughout the U.S. GovDeals.com is open to the public and you may bid on any item listed.

12. Do you offer a citizen ride along program?

Yes. The Astoria Police Department offers citizens the opportunity to observe police officers at work. Citizens requesting a ride along must complete an application to Ride Along and return it to the police department. A background check will be completed and you will be contacted to arrange your ride along.

13. What is the process for obtaining a Taxi drivers license?

Pick up a taxi drivers license application at the police department, complete the form and submit it along with a $50 cash non-refundable fee to the front office. A background check will be completed and upon approval, you will be notified to contact the Administrative Assistant to make an appointment for your taxi license to be printed.

14. What do I do if I get a parking ticket?

Parking tickets may be paid or disputed at the Finance Department of City Hall, 1095 Duane Street, Astoria. 503-325-5821.

15. What do I do if I get a “fix-it” ticket?

Astoria Police Department does not issue “Fix-it” tickets. If another law enforcement agency issued you a “fix-it” ticket, you need to report back to that agency.

16. Should I report suspicious activities in my neighborhood?

Yes! Please call 503-325-4411 to report anything you feel is suspicious. If there is an immediate threat of danger to life or property, or you witness a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1.

17. I just installed a burglary alarm at my residence. Do I need an alarm permit?

Yes. All businesses and residential that have a security alarm system are required to obtain a free City Alarm Permit from the police department and there is a fee for failing to get a permit. Forms are available on our website. Please call 503-338-6411 x 11 if you need additional information. We also suggest reading "A Guide to Avoiding False Alarms for Home Security Systems".