A Clearance Letter is a document that contains information about your clean criminal record. These letters are sometimes needed when applying for a visa, other travel purposes, or when adopting a child.
The most effective way to get this information is through Washington State Patrol’s WATCH system. The information provided by WATCH will include criminal history conviction information for the entire State of Washington, including Snohomish County.
If you report in person, expect a wait of no longer than 60 minutes, except at times of extremely high customer volume. If you make your request by mail, please put "ATTN: Records Unit" in the address on the envelope. You should receive your clearance letter within five days when applying by mail.
You will need to provide the following information:
The fee is $10 for each clearance letter plus a $7.50 per-document certification (notary) fee. Fees may be paid by cash or check made payable to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.