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Property and Evidence Unit

Human Services

Property and Evidence Unit

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

Handles property that has been lost or stolen and recovered by the sheriff. Also provides fingerprinting for any county resident.


Responsible for storing, recording and releasing property which is evidence in criminal trials or has been lost or stolen. Handles only property that has been recovered by the Sheriff's Department - not that recovered by local police departments. Disposition of unclaimed property is prescribed by law. Cannot return a victim's or defendant's property until its release is approved by the detective or judge. Upon receipt of this approval, property is released within working hours, by appointment only. Fingerprinting Department does fingerprinting for any resident of the county of San Mateo, usually for business licensing or other work-related purposes. Fingerprinting cards provided for applicant only. Live-scan (electronic finger printing) services are also provided by appointment only. No immigration cards available.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops in front. CALTRAIN station within 2 blocks.
400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 37.4881077 -122.2309704 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Elevator
  • Ramp
  • Wheelchair



$18 for inking or Live Scan. Exact change required for inking. Cash accepted.



How to Apply:

Call for appointment. Photo identification (driver's license, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) identification card, passport, etc.) required. Cash, exact change, required.

Service Wait Estimate:

First come, first served basis for cards/manual prints. Appointment required for Live Scan fingerprinting only.

Service Areas:

  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Marin County
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County