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The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is committed to responding to all requests for public records in a timely manner. To obtain a copy of a WSP report, manual, or other document, please use the following procedures.

An Important Notice to Public Records Requesters During Government Shut Down Due to Lack of Appropriation Authority

In the event of a government shutdown, the agency's public records office will not be open for business due to a lack of budget appropriation and the resulting government shutdown. We are not able to process public records requests while the office is closed. When the office re-opens, more time will be needed to process requests because we anticipate there will be a backlog of pending requests, as well as new requests that may have been submitted during the shutdown.

This posting and the details below describe how public records requests will be processed after the office re-opens.

This posting provides public records requesters with notification that additional time will be needed to process current and new records requests. This notice also serves as the five business-day acknowledgment of requests as described below (RCW 42.56.520).

This posting is provided to give the fullest assistance to requesters (RCW 42.56.100). We hope to reopen soon. The estimates of time below may be affected by the number of days the office is closed, as well as the volume of any pending backlog of requests or new requests submitted while shut down. As a result, the estimates and this notice may need to be adjusted accordingly. We will update this notice after we re-open, if needed. Please check back after we re-open.

Thank you for your patience. If you have questions after the office re-opens, you may contact the Public Records Officer at Gretchen.Dolan@wsp.wa.gov.


Scheduled Appointments For Records Inspections

If public records requesters had scheduled an inspection of records at the office during the time the office is shut down, that appointment is hereby cancelled and will be rescheduled. Within 15 business days of the office re-opening, or from the date of the last communication from the agency (whichever is later), requesters will be contacted to reschedule their appointment. This is an estimate of time. The office anticipates it will inform requesters if this estimate needs to be revised.

Public Records Requests Pending at the of Office Shut Down

Public records requesters who had requests that were being processed when the office was shut down (and which requests were previously acknowledged) are hereby notified that their requests will continue to be processed after the office re-opens. However, the office will need more time to process those requests. If requesters were awaiting further information or records from the office, they are advised that within 15 business days of the office re-opening or the date of the last communication from the office (whichever is later), requesters will be informed of the status of their requests or receive other information about their requests. This is an estimate of time. The office anticipates it will inform requesters if this estimate needs to be revised.

Public records requesters who had requests that were pending at the time the office was shut down (and which could not be acknowledged due to the closure) are hereby notified that this posting is their five business-day acknowledgment and estimate of further time to respond (RCW 42.56.520). Those requests will be processed once the office re-opens. However, the office will need more time to process those requests. Within 15 business days of the office re-opening, requesters will be informed of the status of their requests and be provided a more detailed estimate of time or further response. This is an estimate of time. The office anticipates it will inform requesters if this estimate needs to be revised.

New Public Records Requests Submitted While the Office is Shut Down

New public records requests that are submitted during the time the office is shut down will be designated as received on the day the office reopens. The office will provide additional information to these requesters on the status of their request and an estimate of further time the office needs to respond, within five business days from the date the office re-opens.

If needed due to the backlog or volume of new requests, this website notice alternatively serves as the initial five business-day acknowledgment under RCW 42.56.520, providing an estimated further response time of 15 business days of the office re-opening.

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Please Note the Following Exceptions:

  • Public disclosure documents will not include conviction criminal history information. To obtain this report, please see our Criminal History Records page.
  • Public disclosure documents will not include a copy of the Police Traffic Collision Report completed by the officer (RCW 46.52.080). To obtain this report, please see our Collision Reports page.


By Mail: Send a completed Request for Public Records form to the WSP office responsible for handling those records.

You can also send a letter request, but you must include your name, mailing address, phone number, date of incident, time and location, parties involved, case number (if known), and investigating officer (if known). You will also need to provide a clear description of the specific records being requested. Incomplete information may cause your request to be returned to you.

  • For copies of any records not relating to a specific traffic incident, please send a written request to:

    WSP Public Records Manager
    PO Box 42631
    Olympia WA 98504-2631
    Email: pubrecs@wsp.wa.gov

Due to technical difficulties submitting online public disclosure requests using the web form, we recommend that you use one of the alternate methods on this page. Example: You can download, complete, and email the Microsoft Word or PDF version of the form,or submit the request in the text of your email to pubrecs@wsp.wa.gov. Thank you for your patience.

By E-mail: You may also e-mail your request to the Webmaster at pubrecs@wsp.wa.gov by filling out and attaching the Request for Public Records form or by following the directions for submitting written requests as provided in the paragraph above.

In Person: Walk-ins are accepted at any WSP office location. At that time, you will be asked to complete a Request for Public Records form.

Once the records have been collected, they will be sent to you. Any records that are exempt from disclosure will be withheld and identified according to Revised Code of Washington, RCW 42.56.

  • The WSP charges 15 cents a page for documents and the actual costs for duplicating audiotapes, videotapes, photographs, and computer diskettes, according to RCW 42.56.070 (7) and (8) and RCW 42.56.120. You may be pre-billed for the records.
  • Exemption and Prohibition - Statutes Not Listed in Chapter 42.56 RCW

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Public Records Index


State law requires each public agency to maintain a Public Records Index identifying certain documents and records held by an agency. Attached please find the updated listing of Washington State Patrol (WSP) manuals and reports, as required by RCW 42.56.070 (see also WAC 446-10-050).

Below is a listing of Washington State Patrol (WSP) manuals and reports as required by RCW 42.56.070 . See also WAC Chapter 446-10.

WSP District Headquarter Offices by County:

  • Pierce/Thurston Counties - 2502 112th Street E, Tacoma, WA 98445-5104
  • King County - 2803 156th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA 98007-6599
  • Asotin/Benton/Columbia/Franklin/Garfield/Walla Walla/Yakima Counties - 2715 Rudkin Road, Union Gap, WA 98903-1795
  • Adams/Ferry/Lincoln/Stevens/Pend Oreille/Spokane/Whitman Counties - PO Box 19130, Spokane, WA 99219-9130
  • Clark/Cowlitz/Lewis/Klickitat/Skamania Counties - 11018 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682-6686
  • Chelan/Douglas/Kittitas/Grant/Okanogan Counties - 2822 Euclid Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801-5916
  • Island/San Juan/Skagit/Snohomish/Whatcom Counties - 2700 116th NE, Marysville, WA 98271-9425
  • Clallam/Grays Harbor/Mason/Jefferson/Kitsap/Pacific/ Wahkiakum Counties - 4811 Werner Road, Bremerton, WA 98312-3333

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