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What is the procedure for obtaining a VIN check on my vehicle?

There is a $5.00 fee to obtain a Vehicle Identification (VIN) Check.  Payment may be made in the form of cash, personal check or money order.  You may either bring the vehicle to the Police station at 1075 W. Main Street or call (317 839-8700) for an officer to come to your location.  You should have the Physical Inspection of A Vehicle Or Watercraft Form required by the BMV ready to be completed by the officer. 

 

If you come to the station during regular business hours (M-F 8:30 am – 5:00 pm) you will pay the $5.00 fee before your VIN check is performed.

 

If you call for an officer to come to your location or bring the vehicle to the station after business hours the officer will complete the form required by the BMV and bring it to the Records Dept.    You will then be required to come to the station the following business day to pay the $5.00 fee and collect your completed paperwork.

 

(Example: if you come to the station or call for an officer to come to your location Friday night after 5:00 pm you will be able to pay your $5.00 fee and collect your completed inspection form at the Records Dept. any time after 8:30 am the following Monday.)

How do I get hold of Animal Control?

For Animal Control, please call the non-emergency number for dispatch at 317-839-8700.

What does it cost to get a copy of an accident or incident report?

Effective Monday, May 18, 2015, we will begin charging the following new and/or increased fees:

Accident Reports - $5.00

Incident Reports - $5.00

CAD Reports -$5.00

VIN Check - $5.00

Fingerprints - $5.00

Background Check - $10.00

Computer Generated Photos - $1.00 per sheet

Copies of Reports and any associated photos may be picked up at the Plainfield Police Department during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. M-F).

How do I file a complaint with the Plainfield Police Department?

You can make a verbal complaint by dialing (317) 839-8700 and then by asking to speak to a Uniform Division supervisor.  If one is immediately available, you will be able to speak to the supervisor directly about the issue.  If the on-duty supervisor is unavalable at the time of your call, a message and callback number will be sent to the supervisor to contact you.

To file a written complaint with the Plainfield Police Department, you may obtain a Plainfield Police Citizen Complaint Form from the police department during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F) or click on the above link to download the form. To file a written complaint, please complete and sign the form which must be turned in to the police department in person.

 Please note the complaint process which details how complaints are handled is listed on the complaint form should you have any questions.

Can I file an incident report over the phone or via email?

The Plainfield Police Department does not take reports over the phone or through electronic format at this time. Any incident occurring in Plainfield that you need to report to the police can be done either by coming to the Plainfield Police Department or by calling the Hendricks County Communications Center at (317) 839-8700 to have an officer meet with you. This provides for personal service to the citizens as well as allows the officer to conduct a more thorough investigation.

I've locked my keys in my car, can you help?

When you accidentally lock your keys in the car, you can contact the Hendricks County Communications Center at (317) 839-8700 to have an officer unlock your vehicle's door. This service is provided free of charge by the Plainfield Police Department and you must be the owner of the vehicle needing to be unlocked. Please keep in mind that a vehicle "Lock-out" is not by itself considered an emergency run and an officer will be dispatched to you as soon as one becomes available.  If a child or pet is in destress and is locked inside your vehicle, this constitutes an emergency run and you should dial 911.

What do I need to do to get my property released to me?

All property which has been taken into custody by the Plainfield Police Dept. are stored in a secure facility. Property which has been recovered, seized or found are immediately stored.  Items which are considered evidence will not be readily available for release. In order to check on the status of your property, please contact our Property Room Manager Lt. Gary Tanner Jr. at (317) 210-3211 to set up an appointment.  Hours for release of property may be scheduled with Lt. Tanner Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What do I need to do to submit a fingerprint card?

Any person required to submit state or federal fingerprint cards may bring those cards to the Plainfield Police Department during business hours (M-F 8:30 am – 4:00 pm).  There will be a $5.00 processing fee per card.  Please allow 20-30 minutes for the fingerprints to be taken.

How can I register the security alarm for my home or business?

You will need to complete the Alarm Registration Form or you can pick one up at the Plainfield Police Department Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Completed forms can be returned to the Department in person, faxed to the number listed on the form, or by mailing it to:

Plainfield Police Department, Records Division, 1075 W. Main St., Plainfield, IN 46168

Once your registration form is submitted, a Community Support Officer (CSO) will contact you to arrange a time to apply a permit sticker on your premises.  There is no charge for the registration of your alarm, and you can click on Alarm Registration Ordinance 5-2001 to view the specifics on the alarm ordinance and how it is enforced.

What do I need to do to get my vehicle released to me?

Vehicle releases are only issued at the Plainfield Police Dept. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Vehicles can only be released to the registered owner. If the vehicle's registered owner is not present, a notarized release letter is needed from the owner authorizing the person present to take possession of the vehicle.

The following must be provided to obtain the vehicle release form:

  1. Proper Identification of the owner
  2. Proof of ownership (i.e., the title, current registration or purchase paperwork).
  3. Proof of insurance
  4. 2 valid drivers (In situations when the vehicle owner is unlicensed or has a license that is suspended).

If you are a lienholder, please contact the Department at (317) 838-3562 for more information.

Vehicles impounded by the Plainfield Police Department are typically stored at Whitlows Towing Service (Joe's Garage), located at 10659 E County Road 251 S., Indianapolis, IN 46231, which is just southeast of the intersection of US40 and Ronald Reagan Pkwy. You may contact Whitlow's Towing Service by calling (317) 839-3804.

What do I need to do to get a handgun permit?

PLAINFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

HANDGUN PERMIT INFORMATION

YOU MUST NOW APPLY FOR YOUR HANDGUN PERMIT ONLINE AT:

http://in.gov

       

 

YOU WILL PAY THE STATE'S FEE ONLINE AFTER COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION

                                      LICENSE TYPE

LOCAL FEE

STATE FEE

Lifetime Personal Protection (No Current Hand Gun Permit)

$50.00

$75.00

Lifetime Personal Protection (Your Hand Gun Permit has not yet expired)

$40.00

$60.00

Four Year Personal Protection

$10.00

$30.00

Four Year Hunting and Target

$10.00

$5.00

Lifetime Hunting and Target (No Current Permit)

$50.00

$25.00

Lifetime Hunting and Target (Current Valid Permit)

$40.00

$20.00

       

1.

YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MorphoTrust USA (L1) FOR YOUR ELECTRONIC FINGERPRINTS.  YOU WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT WHEN YOU COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE.  YOU MAY ALSO CONTACT MorphoTrust USA AT  (877) 472-6917 OR http://www.L1enrollment.com/state/?st=in .

       

2.

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR RECEIPT FROM YOUR ELECTRONIC FINGERPRINTS ALONG WITH CASH, CHECK  OR A MONEY ORDER FOR THE LOCAL FEE  TO THE PLAINFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 1075 WEST MAIN STREET TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION.

       

3.

APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED MON. - FRI. 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM.

   
       

4.

YOUR RESIDENCE MUST BE WITHIN PLAINFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT'S JURISDICTION.  (HAVING A PLAINFIELD MAILING ADDRESS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU ARE WITHIN OUR JURISDICTION.  THE ADDRESS ON YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE MUST BE WHERE YOU CURRENTLY RESIDE AND MUST MATCH THE ADDRESS ON YOUR APPLICATION.

       

5.

THE LAWS REGULATING HANDGUN LICENSING ARE COVERED IN IC 35-47-2. INDIANA STATUTES ARE AVAILABLE  AT: http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/2004/title35/ar47/ch2.html

I have moved or changed my name. How can I update my information on my gun permit?

You can access the online portal on the Indiana State Police website.  Go to www.isp.in.gov  and select "RESOURCES", then hover over "Firearms Licensing" and select "Change My Name/Address",click on "Begin Your License Update Online".

I have misplaced or lost my gun permit. How can I get it replaced?

You can access the online portal on the Indiana State Police website.  Go to www.isp.in.gov  and select "RESOURCES", then hover over "Firearms Licensing" and select "Get a Duplicate License to Carry",click on "Request Your Duplicate Online".

 

Will the Plainfield Police Department watch over my home while I'm on vacation?

The Plainfield Police Department can watch over your property while you are away from your home.  A Property Watch Request Form must be completed and submitted in person for us to provide you with this service.  You may click on the above link to access this form or you can pick up one up at the Department Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Completed forms must be submitted in person at the Plainfield Police Department during the business hours listed above.

What is the proper way to navigate through a roundabout?

Click here for a printable brochure on roundabouts from the Indiana Department of Transportation.