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Evidence and Property FAQs


What are the Evidence and Property Section hours of operation?

Monday through Thursday from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Closed Friday through Sunday, and City recognized holidays.


How do I retrieve my property from the Tracy Police Department?

You may call us at (209) 831-6694 during normal business hours. Please provide us with your name, a case number, a serial number or other descriptive information so we can more effectively locate your property.


Do I need an appointment before I can claim my property?

Yes. Property and Evidence can only be released by appointment.  Call (209) 831-6694 for information.  If no answer, please leave a message with your name, a call back telephone number, a case number, a serial number or other descriptive information so we can more effectively locate your property.


I turned in found property, when can I claim it?

Any item turned in to the Tracy Police Department as found property must be held for 90 days while attempts are made to locate the owner. If the item has not been claimed after 90 days, it can be released to the finder under certain circumstances. You must contact the Evidence and Property Section after 90 days of turning in the property, by calling  (209) 831-6694. (Firearms or weapons can not be released to the finder.)


How can I get my property that was taken for safekeeping?

Safekeeping property can not be released without first making an appointment with the Evidence and Property Section. You must first call  (209) 831-6694 to make an appointment. Safekeeping property will be held for 60 days. After 60 days the property will be disposed of.


How do I get property that was evidence from a court case?

Felony Arrest Cases: Evidence can not be released until 60 days after the date of sentencing. Misdemeanor Arrest Cases: Evidence can not be released until 30 days after the date of sentencing. For additional information, please call the Evidence and Property Section at  (209) 831-6694.


If I'm unable to pick up my property, can I send someone to pick it up?

You will need a notarized letter of authorization before someone else can pick up your property. The authorized letter must have the name of the person picking up the property. The person picking up your property must bring a valid government issued picture ID. The following form can be downloaded, printed, and used for this purpose: Notarized Property and Evidence Release Form.  This process does not apply to firearms. Firearms can only be released to the owner.


What forms of identification are acceptable to pick up property?

We will accept VALID state issued driver's licenses, VALID state issued identification cards, VALID resident alien cards, or other VALID US Government issued picture ID cards. Without proper identification, we will not release property.


Is the process for retrieving firearms different from other types of property?

Yes. Before any firearm may be released to the owner, the owner must first contact the Tracy Police Department Evidence and Property Section to obtain the proper forms so the California Department of Justice can perform a records check. This is mandated by law and ensures the owner is eligible to possess firearms. This process takes approximately 30 to 60 days.

Additional information on firearm laws is available on-line at the California Department of Justice website.

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