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Are you looking for Public Records?  The Appleton Police Department has altered its procedures to comply with a change in the law.

Under 18 U.S.C. § 2721(C), the following information about a person is NOT available to the public:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • DMV Photograph
  • Social Security Number
  • Telephone Number
  • Medical or Disability Information
  • Driver's License Numbers and Physical Descriptors
  • Vehicle Registration Plate Numbers and Related Information
  • Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

How can I get the information needed?

The Appleton Police Department Request for Records with DPPA form provides you with the opportunity to let us know of the DPPA Exemption/s under which you are requesting personally identifiable information regarding your own or another person's record.

  • With or without a qualifying exemption, the record is subject to release; however, personally identifiable information may not be included.

How can I get information about my criminal record for visa applications, travel, or adoption?

A clearance letter is a document that contains information about your clean criminal record.  These letters are generally required when applying for a visa, other travel purpose, or when adopting a child.  You may request a Clearance letter from our records unit.

To obtain a clearance letter, the applicant must:

Note: There is a fee of $1.00 per copy for clearance letters.  An applicant will only be provided with a clearance letter if the applicant does not have any record of arrest in our database.  If an arrest is reveled while processing the application, a clearance letter will not be issued.

Disclosure of records will continue to be scrutinized under the Wisconsin Open Records Law (19.35) and balancing test of public policy of the public's right to know against public policy concerns.   

We seek your patience in responding to your request/s.  Given the nature of the Federal Law, we must examine each page of each report and redact (block out) 10 different data elements, wherever they are found.  This is a laborious and time consuming process, in addition to our regular public service duties.