FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How do I obtain a copy of a police report?

I just moved to Connecticut. When am I required to change my driver’s license and vehicle registration?

How do I get my fingerprints taken?

How do I hire a police officer to work an outside event?

What do I have to do to report a bad check?

I was the victim of identity theft. What should I do?

What should I do if I am pulled over?

How does one file a complaint against an officer of the Department for improper conduct?


How do I obtain a copy of a police report?

Most police reports can be obtained within 2 weeks from the date of the incident. In certain instances, such as an arrest, availability will be determined by the status of the case in court. When a report is available it may be picked up from the Records Division of the Connecticut State Police.

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
The phone number for the Records Division is (203) 267-2200.

I just moved to Connecticut. When am I required to change my driver’s license and vehicle registration?

You are required to register your vehicle within 60 days of establishing residence in Connecticut. The Department of Motor Vehicles can assist you with any additional requirements that may be needed in completing this process.

You are required to obtain a Connecticut Operator’s License within 30 days of establishing residence in Connecticut. The Department of Motor Vehicles can assist you with any additional requirements that may be needed in completing this process. To visit the Department of Motor Vehicles click here.

How do I get my fingerprints taken?

The Southbury Police Deaprtment provides fingerprinting services for the Southbury residents. Fingerprinting for employment, pistol permits, and other needs is peformed for Southbury residents only. This service is provided to the Southbury residents at no cost. Fingerprints are taken 7 days a week at the following times:

6:30 AM - 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

How do I hire a police officer to work an outside event?

You must first contact the Records Division and they will make a recomendation regarding how many officers are needed and other details specific to your function.

The phone number is (203) 264-5912.

What do I have to do to report a bad check?

Prior to contacting the Southbury Police Department please make sure the following steps have been taken:

The check must have been presented and/or accepted in Southbury. The check was issued by a Southbury resident and mailed out of state.
The check must be stamped “Insuffficent Funds” and “Do Not Redeposit” or holes must be punched in the check where the account number is printed. A stamp of “Account Closed” will also fulfill these requirements
The complainant must have sent, by certified mail, return receipt requested, a demand letter, to the last known address of the check issuer, requesting that restitution be made. Eight days must have past since the issuer received such letter.

I was the victim of identity theft. What should I do?

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. You must immediately report any suspected identity theft or credit card fraud to a credit reporting agency. This can be done online or by telephone. Some of these agencies are listed below:

Equifax: (800) 525-6285
Experian: (888) 397-3742
TransUnion: (800) 680-7289

What should I do if I am pulled over?

  • Turn on your overhead light.
  • Roll your window down all the way.
  • Stay in your vehicle.
  • Place your hands on the steering wheel or in plain view.
  • Be calm and courteous.
  • Do not make any sudden moves.
  • Be prepared to show your ID and registration.

How does one file a complaint against an officer of the Department for improper conduct?

The Department has procedures in place that can be initiated by contacting the Department at the non-emergency number, (203) 264-5912, and speaking to the Shift Supervisor. Depending on the circumstances of the complaint, the Shift Supervisor may resolve the complaint with the agreement of the complainant or initiate a formal civilian complaint procedure. The civilian complaint would then be investigated following the Department's Internal Affairs policies. The Department will always notify the complainant of the findings once the investigation is complete. To learn please visit Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.