Clearance Letter

Identity Verification Unit - HPDIVU1002
Houston Police Department
Identity Verification Unit

1002 Washington Ave., Basement
Houston, TX 77002

8 am to 3 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Processing Time
1 to 5 business days


The Houston Police Department’s Identity Verification Unit provides certified clearance letters for:

  • immigration
  • adoption
  • hunting
  • missionary work
  • overseas travel
  • overseas school attendance
  • sponsorship
  • US work permit
  • U-Visa
  • permanent residence 
  • citizenship
  • passport
  • political asylum

All other clearance letter requests should be applied for with the Harris County District Clerk’s Office.

Conditions & Exceptions

Applicants with a criminal history will be verified by fingerprinting, without charge for the fingerprinting.

Applicants with warrants will be arrested on site.

Applicants for ARA Commercial Permitting and HPD Auto Dealers may not use this service. Please use the State authorized vendor for background checks.

Statutory Authority
What You Need
  • Clearance Letter Application - English or Spanish (phone number or an e-mail address must be provided)
  • A valid form of identification (expired and copies of identification are not valid):
    • state-issued identification with a current address 
    • certified birth certificate 
    • passport 
    • permanent residence card 
    • work authorization card 
  • Method of payment: cash, check, cashier's check, money order, or debit/credit card  
  • If you have been arrested by the Houston Police Department, you must include a legible set of fingerprints (all 10 rolled fingerprint impressions). The fingerprint card must:
    • come from a law enforcement agency 
    • have the fingerprint technician's or officer’s signature that rolled the prints 
    • have the law enforcement agency's stamp.

Apply in Person
  1. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center. 
  2. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk and make your way to the basement.
  3. Scan your ticket at the reception desk to activate your place in line. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.

Payments can be made at the Cashier Station on the first floor. 

Apply by Mail

Mail the completed and signed application with required documents and payment to:

Houston Police Department - Identity Verification Unit
Attn: Clearance Letter Section
1002 Washington Ave., Basement Level
Houston, Texas 77002-1543

Make checks and money orders payable to City of Houston.