Porter County Sheriff's Department


Frequently asked Questions

How do I file a police report?

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911. If not, and if you live within county limits, call (219) 477-3000. Advise the dispatcher that you wish to file a police report. After the dispatcher obtains the necessary information, a police officer will then be dispatched to your location. If you choose, you can also file the report at the sheriff's department, located at 2755 State Road 49, Valparaiso. Either way, you can file a report twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.

How do I obtain a copy of a police or accident report?

You can obtain a copy of police report by either coming directly to the sheriff's department, located at 2755 State Road 49, Valparaiso.

Our records department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

To speed up the process of obtaining a police report, please provide at least two of the following identifiers:

name of subjects involved; date and time of incident; location of incident; and type of incident.

PLEASE NOTE REGARDING ACCIDENT REPORTS: Accident reports are not always available until three working days after a report is filed. Accident reports cost Five dollars ($5) cash or money order.

PLEASE NOTE REGARDING REQUESTING REPORTS VIA MAIL: Your request must have two of the identifiers as noted above. If you are requesting an accident report, please enclose a check for Five dollars ($5) made payable to "Porter County." and a return address.

How do I obtain a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) check for my vehicle?
or a Hull Identification Number (HIN) check for my boat?

The most common reasons the BMV requires a identification number check on you vehicle include: (1.) you purchased a vehicle with an out-of-state title; (2.) you moved to Indiana from out-of-state; (3.) you purchased a trailer without a VIN number; (4.) you built a new trailer; and/or (5.) you have an error on your title.

VIN/HIN  checks are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling (219) 477-3000. Normal VIN/HIN check hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Holidays excluded if coming on station.

You must have the proper paperwork for the vehicle, including the title.

There is a five dollar ($5) CASH ONLY fee for a VIN/HIN check, which the officer will collect at the time he or she completes the inspection. A receipt will be issued.

How do I obtain a Snowmobile Sticker?

The Porter Co. Sheriff’s Dept. wants to remind the public that snowmobiles which operate on the traveled portion of public highways in Porter Co. must be registered with the Porter County Sheriff’s Police.

To register your snowmobile come to the Sheriff’s Dept. Monday thru Friday from 8am – 3:45pm (except holidays). Please bring:

State snowmobile registration card

Evidence of existence of an in-force policy of insurance covering personal property damage in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) and personal liability in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00)

 A new weather resistant registration sticker will be provided and must be attached to the vehicle. There is no charge for the sticker. The penalty for failure to properly register your vehicle is a $50.00 citation.

 For the complete county code for snowmobiles go to:  http://www.porterco.org/DocumentCenter/View/1817

 For information on obtaining a state snowmobile registration go to: http://www.in.gov/bmv/3188.htm

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