Property & Evidence

The Irvine Police Department's Property & Evidence Unit is responsible for maintaining custody and control of evidence, found property and property held for safekeeping, and equipping police personnel with necessary gear such as safety equipment and uniforms.

Contact Property and Evidence

Phone: 949-724-7237

Fax: 949-724-0458


Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed on holidays.

Click Here to Fill out a Form to Inquire About Lost Property

Click Here to Request for the Return of Your Property

How do I retrieve a stored or impounded vehicle?

To obtain information on how to retrieve your vehicles, click here.

How do I obtain a copy of my police report?

You can request a copy of a report by completing the online report request form here, or by coming in person to the Business Desk. For more information regarding police reports, visit the Irvine Police Department Records page here.

How do I file a report for lost property?

File a lost property report when your property is missing or lost. Examples include property discovered missing from a home or leaving items in a restaurant. Click here to file a report for lost property.

What happens with unclaimed property?

Per CA Civil Code 2080.4 - 2080.6, unclaimed property can be disposed of or auctioned.

Found property & Found property of value (held for 90 days):

CA Civil Codes 2080.1 & 2080.3 require the finder of lost property if the owner is unknown, to turn the property over to the police department. If the reported value of the property is $250.00 or more and no owner appears and proves ownership of the property within 90 days, a notice of the property needs to be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation.  If, after seven days following the publication, no owner appears and proves ownership, the individual who found the property can claim title to it.

Property held for safekeeping (held for 60 days):

CA Civil Code 2080.10 details the process of personal property held for temporary safekeeping on behalf of an owner. 

How do I retrieve a firearm?

If your firearm is in the custody of the Irvine Police Department and you would like information on the process to retrieve your firearm please contact Property.

Per Penal Codes 33850 & 33855, our agency may not release any unregistered firearms, ammunition, or ammunition feeding devices without first receiving a Department of Justice Firearms Eligibility Clearance notice. Both applications, the Law Enforcement Gun Release and Firearms Ownership Report can be submitted online at If you have any questions please contact the Department of Justice at 916-210-2300 or via email at Please be advised the processing time may take up to 12 weeks.

If the Department of Justice approves your application, you will receive a gold sealed letter, which is only valid for 30 days. Please fax or email the letter to the Property Division at 949-724-0458 or along with a contact phone number or email. Once the assigned Detective has reviewed your case, we will contact you with information on how to retrieve your firearm(s). Please allow 5-7 business days for our office to contact you.

How do I register my bicycle?

To obtain information on bicycle registration and bicycle safety, click here.