YCSO FAQs

This section has been created to answer common questions about some of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office procedures and/or services. If you need further assistance, please call (928) 783-4427.

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Administration Bureau

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Where is the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office located and what are the hours?
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has two locations that are manned full-time as follows:

Monday through Friday
8:00 AM–5:00 PM (excluding holidays).

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office
Main Office/Administration
141 S. 3rd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Tel: (928) 783-4427
Directions to YCSO Main Office

YCSO Foothills Substation
13190 E. South Frontage Road
Yuma, AZ 85367
Tel: (928) 342-1477
Directions to Foothills Substation

How do I apply for a job at the Sheriff’s Office?
All Yuma County applications must be submitted online through NeoGov. Yuma County no longer accepts paper applications. To apply online, click link: Yuma County Employment Opportunities

If you do not have access to a computer, Yuma County has kiosks located at 198 S. Main Street, Yuma, AZ.

If you have questions or need assistance with the online application process, please contact:

Yuma County Human Resources
Phone: (928) 373-1013
Job Line: (928) 373-6090
Website: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/yumacountyaz/

Once your application is submitted, a representative from the Sheriff's Office will contact you regarding testing and/or for an interview.

How do I get a copy of a Sheriff’s Office report and how much does it cost?
All requests for public records or reports must be submitted on a YCSO “Public Records/Report Request Form”. Requests may be submitted in person, by mail, and in some instances via email.
  1. In person at the YCSO Records Department located at 160 S. 3rd Avenue, Suite B, Yuma, AZ. Directions to YCSO Records Department
  2. Via U.S. Mail to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Records Department, 141 S. 3rd Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364 NOTE: If you are submitting your request by mail, you must include a copy of your picture identification along with the Public Records/Report Request Form.
  3. Via Email to SORec@ycso.yumacountyaz.gov

Requests are processed in the order they are received and/or based on the availability of the records/report requested. Some records/reports may take longer than others to process; for example, archived reports, and active investigations.

Please allow 15 to 20 business days for your request to be processed. To verify that a report is ready to be picked up, contact the Records Department at (928) 329-2254.

If you are requesting photographs, you will be contacted once they have been processed with the total cost and when they will be available for pick-up. NOTE: Picture identification will be required at the time of request and pick up.

Fee Schedule

The following fees apply to public records/report requests:

Record/Report Type Fees
Case Report (full copy) $3.00
Incident Report $1.00
Traffic Accident Report $3.00
Report Photos $5.00 per CD
911 and/or Audio Recordings $5.00 per CD
Video Recordings $5.00 per CD
Adult Arrest Record No charge
Booking Photo (black & white unless color photo is specifically requested) No charge
Letter of Incarceration No charge
*Postage $1.50

*Reports, letters, and photo/audio/video CDs to be mailed require a postage fee.

Types of payment accepted at Records Department: Cash, personal check, money order, and cashier’s check. Checks should be made payable to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.

NOTE: Credit/debit card (Visa/MasterCard only) payments are accepted in the Civil Department; however, there is a convenience fee which varies depending on the amount charged and credit/debit card used. We do not accept American Express.

Click link for Public Records/Report Request Form

Does the Sheriff’s Office provide fingerprinting services for the public and how much does it cost?
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office provides fingerprinting services to the public by appointment only as follows:

Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays)
9:00–11:00 AM

Excluding holidays

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office
Main Office/Administration
141 S. 3rd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Tel: (928) 783-6874 – call for appointment
Directions to YCSO Main Office

YCSO Foothills Substation
13190 E. South Frontage Road
Yuma, AZ 85367
Tel: (928) 342-1477 – call for appointment
Directions to Foothills Substation

Fingerprinting Fees: The fingerprint fee is $3.00 per card.

Types of payment accepted: We accept cash, personal check, money order, cashier’s check, and credit/debit (Visa/MasterCard only). Checks should be made payable to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.

Additional Fingerprinting Information
  • The YCSO does not provide Fingerprint Clearance Cards. Fingerprint Clearance Cards should be provided by the organization requesting your fingerprints.
  • The Fingerprint Clearance Card must be filled out in black ink.
  • Picture identification is required to fingerprint an individual.

Acceptable Forms of ID: Valid driver’s license or state ID card, passport, military ID or other official government forms of ID. Individuals under the age of sixteen may use a state ID card or school ID card.

For more information regarding fingerprinting, call 928-783-6274.

How and where can I apply for an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment?
You may file a petition for an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment in any superior, municipal, or justice court regardless of where the person lives in Arizona.

To complete a petition for an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment, you can visit the AZPOINT (Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool) website which has been designed to help you fill out the paperwork for a protective order. IMPORTANT: There is NO FEE to use AZPOINT.

Your information will be saved in AZPOINT for up to 90 days. At any time during this 90-day period, you may take the next step of filing your petition at an Arizona court. Until you file your petition at a court, you will be able to return to AZPOINT to update your information if necessary.

To complete the process of asking for an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment, you must file your petition with an Arizona court. IMPORTANT: You will need to provide your petition number to court staff. The petition number is needed to retrieve your petition and other information from the portal.

When you go to the courtroom, it is helpful to bring with you:

  1. The defendant’s date of birth, social security number and a physical description;
  2. The defendant’s home address and work address;
  3. Any written notes that include dates and times of incidents involving violence/harassment;
  4. Any pictures, police reports, or medical reports relating to the incidents; and
  5. A description of the vehicle that the defendant drives.

NOTE: There is no fee for filing a petition for an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment. There is also no fee for service of an Order of Protection arising from a domestic relationship.

Contact any of the following Yuma County Courts to file a verified petition submitted in AZPOINT.

Yuma County Superior Court
Clerk of the Superior Court
250 W. 2nd Street
Yuma, AZ  85634
(928) 817-4210

City of Yuma Municipal Court
1515 S. 2nd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 373-4800

City of San Luis Municipal Court
767 N. 1st Avenue
San Luis, AZ 85349
(928) 341-8595

Yuma County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1
250 W. 2nd Street, Suite A
Yuma, AZ  85364
(928) 817-4100

Yuma County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
1358 E. Liberty Street
San Luis, AZ 85349
(928) 314-5100

Yuma County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3
10260 Dome Street
Wellton, AZ 85356
(928) 785-3321

Somerton Municipal Court
350 W. Main Street
Somerton, AZ 85350
928) 627-2722

Wellton Municipal Court
10260 Dome Street
Wellton, AZ 85356
(928) 785-3321

Does the Sheriff’s Office serve the Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment?
Orders of Protection: The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office will serve orders of protection filed in any Arizona court and assigned for service by AZPOINT. The YCSO will also serve out of state issued orders of protection.

Injunction Against Harassment: In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes 12-809,

  • The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office will serve an injunction against harassment issued by a Superior Court judge or commissioner. The YCSO will also serve out of state issued injunctions against harassment.
  • An injunction against harassment issued by a Justice Court (JP1, JP2, and JP3) shall be served by the constable for that jurisdiction.
  • An injunction against harassment issued by a municipal court may be served by the city police department or a process server if the city police department is unable to serve the injunction.

There is no fee for service of orders of protection or injunctions against harassment from Arizona or out of state.

What happens after the Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment is served?
An Order of Protection is effective for two years from the date it was served on the defendant by a Process Server or Law Enforcement Officer.

An Injunction Against Harassment is effective for one year after the defendant receives it from a Process Server or Law Enforcement Officer.

A defendant is entitled to a hearing on any Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment issued by the Court. If a hearing is requested, you will be notified of the court date. Your failure to appear at the court date may result in a dismissal of the Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment.

If the defendant violates any part of the Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment after it has been served, you should call the local Police Department or County Sheriff’s Office immediately. Violation of a protective order is a criminal act, and the defendant may be arrested.

NOTE: KEEP A COPY OF THE ORDER WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. The AZPOINT portal is available 24/7 to view and print Orders of Protection or Injunctions Against Harassment.

I have been ordered to stay away from my house. How do I collect my belongings?
If you need to get personal belongings or clothing, a Judge may allow you to return to the residence one time. If authorized by a Judge, you must have a law enforcement officer accompany you to the residence. You should contact the local Police Department or County Sheriff’s Office to make an appointment.

The law enforcement officer CANNOT resolve disputes regarding what property belongs to whom. However, if you don’t get all of your belongings in the one trip, you may file a civil action to recover property in the residence that you believe is being wrongfully denied to you.

What can I do if the Order of Protection stops me from seeing my children?
An Order of Protection does not determine legal decision-making and cannot address parenting time issues. It addresses only safety issues.

If you believe that your rights of parenting time or custody have been taken away by the issuance of an Order of Protection, you may:

  1. Ask for a hearing to modify the protective order in the court that issued it.
  2. File an action in the Superior Court, as part of a domestic relations case, to clarify your rights of parenting time or custody if you believe that the order ignores or violates those rights.

If the order does not prohibit contact with children, arrange for parenting time through a neutral third party (a friend or relative) not involved with the Order of Protection.

If you were never married to the plaintiff or never established paternity through an action in Superior Court, you have no legal right to the children. These rights must be established by filing a domestic relations action in Superior Court.

Where do I pay my delinquent personal property tax?
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office accepts full payment for delinquent personal property accounts in person, by mail or telephone.

Types of payment accepted: Payment may be made in the form of cash (in person only), personal check, money order, cashier’s check, and credit/debit card (service fee is applicable). When making a payment, it is very important that you include your Account Number on all correspondence. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the “Yuma County Treasurer”.

  • In Person: Tax payments can be made in person at our office locations listed below:

    Yuma County Sheriff’s Office
    141 S. 3rd Avenue
    Yuma, AZ 85364
    Directions to YCSO Main Office

YCSO Foothills Substation
13190 E. South Frontage Road
Yuma, AZ 85367
Tel: (928) 342-1477
Directions to Foothills Substation

  • Via U.S. Mail: Only non-cash payments may be made by mail. All mail (regular mail and overnight delivery—FedEx, UPS, USPS Overnight) payments should be sent to the following address:

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Civil Dept. / Taxes
141 S. 3rd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364

  • Via Telephone: (928) 783-6274
    Tax payments can be made via telephone in the form of credit card, debit card or check (personal or business account accepted). Service fees are applicable as follows:

    • Debit Card: $3.95
    • Check by Phone: $1.00
    • Credit Card: service fee is a percentage depending on amount owed.

Important to Know

We do not accept payment for real property accounts. Real property accounts are handled by the Yuma County Treasurer’s Office at 2550 S. 4th Avenue, Suite A, Yuma, AZ 85364. The telephone number is (928) 539-7781.

Address changes, corrections to ownership information, and title transfers for manufactured homes and recreational vehicles that are not affixed to real property are done at the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) located at 2165 E Gila Ridge Road in Yuma. After the changes have been completed with MVD, contact the Yuma County Assessor's Office to submit the updated information. The Assessor's Office is located at 2550 S. 4th Avenue, Suite B, Yuma, AZ 85364. The telephone number is (928) 373-6040.

What is personal property?
According to ARS 42-11001, "personal property" includes property of every kind, both tangible and intangible, that is not included as real estate. Examples of personal property are mobile homes, airplanes, business equipment, office furniture, and ranch and farm equipment.
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Detention Bureau

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How can I find out if someone is in jail?
You now have two options for finding out if someone is in the custody of the Yuma County Detention Center:
  1. Call the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871 and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. You will need to provide the Admitting clerk with the person’s full name and date of birth, if known.
  2. Inmate Web Portal: Click link to do an online search - Inmate Search
My spouse/family member/friend was arrested. What happens now?
Generally, most misdemeanors that are not domestic related have set bonds. If they are charged with a felony, they will have to appear in court within 24 hours and a Judge may set a bond.

You can contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871 and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to tell you if the inmate is eligible for a bond. If an inmate is not eligible for a bond, a court appearance (initial appearance) will be set. The Admitting Clerk can provide you with the location and time.

How can I post a bond for an inmate?
You can contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871 and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to tell you if the inmate is eligible for a bond. If an inmate is not eligible for a bond, a court appearance (initial appearance) will be set. The Admitting Clerk can provide you with the location and time.

You can post a bond for an inmate at the court of record. After business hours, the Detention Center can accept cash in the exact amount ONLY. Detention staff cannot make change.

If you are going to use a bondsman, they are listed in the phone book under Bail Bonds. Per Arizona state law, the Detention Center cannot make recommendations for a bondsman nor assist you in contacting a bondsman.

Inmates released from custody or being bonded-out will be processed and released within a reasonable amount of time, barring any unforeseen events, security procedures or emergencies within the facility.

Click link to go to Bond Information page.

How can I find out the charges for an inmate?
To search for information on an inmate in our custody, click link below.
Inmate Search

You can also contact the Yuma County Detention Center at (928) 782-9871 and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk.

How can I find out an inmate’s next court date?
The Detention Center will have the inmate’s next court date if it has been provided to us by the court of record. To search for information on an inmate in our custody, click link below.
Inmate Search

If a court date is not on file with our office, then you will need to contact the court of record. Contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871 and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to advise you which court needs to be contacted.

Click link to go to Courts page.

The court released my spouse/family member/friend this morning during court. When will they be released?
Inmates will be processed for release upon receipt of the release order from the court of record or appropriate authority. Inmates approved for release from custody will be processed and released within a reasonable amount of time, barring any unforeseen events, security procedures or emergencies within the facility.

Click here for Inmate Release information.

Where do I pick up my spouse/family member/friend when they are released?
All inmate releases are processed through the release gazebo located off of 1st Street at the Detention Center.
When is a sentenced inmate going to be released?
Inmates will be processed for release upon receipt of the release order from the court of record or appropriate authority. Inmates approved for release from custody will be processed and released within a reasonable amount of time, barring any unforeseen events, security procedures or emergencies within the facility.

You can contact the Detention Center at (982) 782-9871 and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk. The Admitting Clerk will be able to check on the release time.

My spouse/family member/friend was arrested by the Border Patrol. What is going to happen to him/her?
For information regarding individuals arrested by the Border Patrol, contact:
  • U.S. Marshal’s Office
    Tel: (928) 783-6337; or
  • Federal Court
    Tel: (928) 329-4766
When and/or how can I visit someone in jail?
Remote visits are available via Combined Public Communications. To create an account or for further information, please contact Combined Public Communications at: www.inmatesales.com or call 1-702-829-3001 - Monday thru Friday: 8 AM-12 AM (ET), Saturday: 10 AM-9 PM (ET).

For more information, visit our jail visitation information page: Inmate Visitation Information

How can I send mail to someone in jail?
Effective May 13, 2024, all incoming inmate mail will be processed by TextBehind. Mail sent to any other addresses, will be returned to the sender.

All incoming inmate mail will be scanned at the TextBehind location, and will be viewable on the inmate tablets.

All personal inmate mail will need to be mailed to the address provided below:

(Inmate Name/Jacket Number)
Yuma County Detention Center
P.O. Box 76550
Highland Heights, KY 41076

If you do not know the inmate’s jacket number, contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871.

Click link for more detailed information: Inmate Mail

How do I get items from someone who was arrested (car keys, check book, etc.)?
The inmate needs to authorize a property release to you. All items the inmate was arrested with are sealed upon booking. The entire sealed inventory will have to be authorized for release. You can contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871 and you will be connected to the Admitting Clerk for further information.

You can also visit the Inmate Property page for further information.

How can I drop off money or other items for an inmate?
Money
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center offers several ways to deposit money into inmate accounts.

U.S. Mail: You may send cashiers checks, tribal checks, and postal or telegraphic (Western Union) money orders via U.S. mail to:

Yuma County Detention Center
Inmate Accounts
(Inmate Name/Jacket Number)
200 W. Court Street
Yuma, AZ  85364

Access Corrections: Now more than ever it is easier for friends and family to deposit money into inmate accounts in the most efficient and secure manner possible. Friends and family can deposit money (cash, credit card and debit card deposits accepted) into inmate accounts in the following ways:

  • Detention Center Front Lobby Kiosk: The kiosk is available for deposits Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM–5:00 PM. The kiosk accepts cash or debit/credit card deposits only. No pre-paid debit cards or inmate release debit cards will be accepted at the kiosk. There is no limit to the amount that may be deposited.

    • U.S. paper currency will be accepted for the value of deposit only. No change will be given.
    • No coins will be accepted for deposits.
    • Kiosk deposits require an email address and a government issued photo ID, i.e., driver’s license, Arizona ID card, Military ID card, Passport, etc.

  • Via Web: www.accesscorrections.com
  • Via 24/7 Phone: (866) 345-1884
  • Access Corrections Mobile App: Send money and make payments on the go with the “Access Corrections Mobile App” available in the App Store and Google Play. NOTE: There is a fee charged for this service. Click here for Access Corrections Information and Fee Schedule.
  • CashPay Today: You may register at cashpaytoday.com, get a bar code and make a cash deposit where you shop for a flat fee of $4.95, including Dollar General, Family Dollar, CVS, Walgreens, 7-Eleven and Speedway.

For more information, visit the Inmate Accounts page.


Clothing & Other Items
Inmates can no longer have clothing or other items dropped off to them. Inmates can purchase T-shirts, underwear and socks through the Detention Center Commissary. Inmates can also purchase items such as writing paper, stamps, envelopes, snacks and hygiene items through the Detention Center Inmate Commissary.

Clothing for trial appearances can be dropped off with prior approval after the inmate has been scheduled for jury trial.

Can an inmate receive incoming calls and/or can I get a message to an inmate?
Inmates cannot receive incoming calls and we do not pass messages to inmates. Inmates have access to collect call phones. If collect calls are not accepted at your home, inmates may purchase phone time in the amounts of $5, $10, $20 or $30.

Outside calling cards are not accepted by the Yuma County Detention Center telephone systems. The collect call phones are available during non-secure mode times.

You can contact the Visitation Office at (928) 539-7841 for more information.


Email & Voice Messages
Inmates are eligible to receive emails via JailATM and voice messages via Combined Public Communications. Friends and family can stay connected by creating an account to send emails or voice messages in the following ways:
  • Emails: Register to send emails at www.jailatm.com
  • Voice Messages: Create an account to fund voice messages at: www.inmatesales.com or call 1-877-998-5678 - Monday-Friday: 8 AM-12 AM, Saturday: 10 AM-9 PM (EST)
How do I contact an inmate for emergencies (child issues, death in the family, etc.)?
Contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871 with your emergency. Once your emergency is validated, arrangements will be made to inform the inmate of the situation.
Can I send an inmate food items?
No. Regular meals are served to all inmates. The inmates may also purchase commissary items at a cost to them. Additionally, friends and family can place commissary orders through Securepak in the following ways:
  • Via internet: You can order from Access Securepak online 24 hours a day. They accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Click link below to get started.
    Access Securepak

  • Via Telephone: Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM CST (excluding major holidays) Tel: (800) 546-6283

For more information regarding, visit the Detention Center Inmate Commissary page.

Do inmates have access to reading materials?
Yes. All inmate housing units have book carts that are changed out regularly by the Detention Center Programs Department staff. In addition, there are books loaded onto the tablets for all inmates to read.
If I have a complaint about how my spouse/family member/friend is treated, who do I call?
Contact the Detention Center at (928) 782-9871. The Admitting clerk will connect you with the on-duty supervisor who will be able to process your complaint. Please ensure your complaint is specific to include dates and times if possible.
If my spouse/family member/friend is on medications for their health, how do I get the medications to the jail?
The Detention Center does not accept outside medications. The medical staff will review the inmate's current medications and notify the provider for review.
Do you have medical staff to take care of my spouse/family member/friend?
The Detention Center staff includes a range of qualified medical personnel and care providers available 24 hours a day to address medical needs.
If my spouse/family member/friend is mentally unstable, how do you take care of them?
The Detention Center staff includes a range of qualified medical personnel and care providers that specialize in managing those that have mental health issues.
What services do you provide to try and help my alcohol/drug addicted spouse/family member/friend?
Referrals can be made to the Jail Liaison via an inmate request form for transition planning.

The Yuma County Detention Center’s Inmate Programs Department offers self help books, religious programs or one-on-one visits with religious providers.

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Patrol Bureau

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How do I know if I should dial 9-1-1 or the regular police non-emergency number?
If the situation is life threatening or there is a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

If you want to report a crime that has already occurred, report suspicious activity, have a non-emergency situation, or have a question, call (928) 783-4427.

Why did it take two hours for an officer to come to my house when my house was burglarized?
A patrol officer will respond to your home; however, calls are prioritized according to the seriousness of the situation.

Top priority calls include any life threatening call with great possibility of death or serious injury, or any confrontation between people that could threaten the life or safety of any person.

Priority calls include calls involving any crime in progress that might result in a threat to injury of a person, or major loss of property, or immediate apprehension of a suspect. It also includes accidents with injury or other traffic incidents that create a traffic hazard.

Lower priority calls include minor in-progress/just occurred calls where there is no threat of personal injury or major loss of property as well as nuisance calls, civil standbys, and any incident which could be categorized as a delayed report where the reporting person is at a public location and calls dispatched involved events where a delay will not prevent a crime from occurring, aid in an immediate apprehension of a suspect or cause a delay in an injured person receiving aid.

What can we do about speeding on our street?
Contact Deputy Ryan Ragain at (928) 783-4427 and request a traffic enforcement detail be conducted in your neighborhood.
If I suspect drug activity, a drug house or meth lab in my neighborhood, who do I call?
To report suspected drug activity or meth lab, call the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force at (928) 819-2231.

You can also submit a tip on the YCSO web site with as much information as possible and the information will be forwarded to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force. You can remain anonymous.

Click link to go to the YCSO Submit a Tip page.

How can I get information or sign up for the Watch Your Car program?
For information or to sign up for Watch Your Car Program, contact the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority at 1-888-668-4433. You can also register for the program online by clicking on the following link: Watch Your Car Program
Where can I get information on concealed weapons permits?
Applications for a concealed weapons permit must be made to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. For information pertaining to concealed weapons within the state of Arizona you can contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety Concealed Weapons Permit Unit at the following numbers:

Tel: (602) 256-6280 or (800) 256-6280

Click link to visit their website: Arizona Department of Public Safety Concealed Weapons Permit Unit

How can I verify if a firearm that I purchased or was given to me is not stolen?
You can take the firearm and/or the serial number to your nearest law enforcement agency and ask them to run the serial number to verify that it is not a stolen weapon.
Where do I find out about motor vehicle registration?
Contact the Motor Vehicle Department at (928) 317-2000 or visit their web site: Arizona Motor Vehicle Division
I want to start a Neighborhood Watch in my area. Who do I contact for information?
For information about starting a Neighborhood Watch, contact Sgt. Richard Meraz at (928) 819-2212.
I would like to engrave my property. Where do I get an engraver?
You can purchase engravers from any of the hardware stores.

You can also use a black-light readable pen to mark items that you do not want to permanently mark or where engraving would damage or devalue the item. Black-light marking pens are available at most home improvement stores and need to be reapplied about once a year.

How do I find out about sex offenders living in my neighborhood?
For sex offender information, visit the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Sex Offender Info Center. This is the official website for Sex Offender information for the state of Arizona.

The purpose of the Arizona sex offender information website is to provide information to the public concerning the location of sex offenders within Arizona. You will be able to search for sex offenders by last name or zip code. You will also be able to find all sex offenders within 3 square miles of a given address and view a list of all sex offender absconders.

You can also visit the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office OffenderWatch® website. OffenderWatch® is updated instantaneously throughout the day as offender addresses and other offender information is updated in our office. You may enter any address in the county and see real-time information on the publishable offenders within the specified radius of the address you enter.

Who do I call to report graffiti?
You can call the Graffiti Hotline at (928) 329-2828. They will make arrangements to paint over the graffiti.
My neighbor's dog is always barking. What can I do or who can I call?
To report animal complaints, i.e., barking dogs, dog bites, stray dogs, lost or found pets, animals running at large, or other animal related problems requiring the assistance of an Animal Control Officer, call YCSO Dispatch at (928) 783-4427. A Yuma County Animal Control Officer will respond to the call.

YUMA COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL
Report Animal Complaints: (928) 783-4427 - YCSO Dispatch
Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM; Holiday hours 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Website: Yuma County Animal Control

Click link for Yuma County Animal Control Ordinance: Running at Large and Unrestrained Barking of Dogs

Other Animal Control Agencies
If you live in an incorporated City or Town, contact their Animal Control programs. Their contact information is listed below.

CITY OF YUMA ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES UNIT
Tel: (928) 373-4795
Hours of Operation: 7:30 AM-9:00 PM, 7 days a week including weekends and holidays
Website: Yuma PD Animal Control Services Unit

CITY OF SAN LUIS ANIMAL CONTROL DIVISION
Tel: (928) 341-2420
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: San Luis PD Animal Control Division

CITY OF SOMERTON ANIMAL CONTROL
Tel: (928) 722-7399
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
For found pets, animal running at large, or other animal-related problems requiring the assistance of an Animal Control Officer call: (928) 722-7326
Website: Somerton Animal Control Division

Can my dog(s) or cat(s) run loose?
For animal control related questions, contact:

YUMA COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL
Report Animal Complaints: (928) 783-4427 - YCSO Dispatch
Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM; Holiday hours 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Website: Yuma County Animal Control

Click link for Yuma County Animal Control Ordinance: Running at Large and Unrestrained Barking of Dogs

Other Animal Control Agencies
If you live in an incorporated City or Town, contact their Animal Control programs. Their contact information is listed below.

CITY OF YUMA ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES UNIT
Tel: (928) 373-4795
Hours of Operation: 7:30 AM-9:00 PM, 7 days a week including weekends and holidays
Website: Yuma PD Animal Control Services Unit

CITY OF SAN LUIS ANIMAL CONTROL DIVISION
Tel: (928) 341-2420
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: San Luis PD Animal Control Division

CITY OF SOMERTON ANIMAL CONTROL
Tel: (928) 722-7399
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
For found pets, animal running at large, or other animal-related problems requiring the assistance of an Animal Control Officer call: (928) 722-7326
Website: Somerton Animal Control Division

Where can I obtain information about off-highway vehicle laws and regulations?
The Arizona Game and Fish Department provides this information. Click the link to download their informational brochure: Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Guide or you can visit their web site: Arizona Game and Fish Department
Where can I obtain information about the Arizona boating laws and regulations?
The Arizona Game and Fish Department provides this information. For a complete handbook of the Arizona Boating Laws and Responsibilities, click link: The Boater's Guide of Arizona or you can visit their web site: Arizona Game and Fish Department
Where can I go to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs?
The YCSO Main Office and the Foothills Substation serve as full-time drop-off locations for the YCSO’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program.

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office
Main Office/Administration
141 S. 3rd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Tel: (928) 783-6874
Directions to YCSO Main Office

YCSO Foothills Substation
13190 E. South Frontage Road
Yuma, AZ 85367
Tel: (928) 342-1477
Directions to Foothills Substation

Lobby Hours
Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays)
8:00 AM–5:00 PM

The YCSO’s prescription drug take-back program offers the public a means to dispose of their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. This program helps get outdated or unused medications off household shelves and out of the reach of children and teenagers. This is a free service.

Medications may be dropped off in their original container or in a sealable bag. All of the medications collected from this program are turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal.

Acceptable items include:

  • All expired, unused or unwanted controlled and non-controlled medications
  • Vitamins
  • veterinary medication
  • Over-the counter medications
  • Liquid products(liquids such as cough syrup should remain sealed in their original container)

The following items are not acceptable:

  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Lancets
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Chemotherapy drugs or liquids of any type
  • Intra-venous solutions
  • Illegal substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines

For more information regarding prescription drug disposal, click link: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines (PDF)

Additional Resources:

Is there a noise ordinance in Yuma County that would apply to loud music?
There are no ordinances governing noise in Yuma County, however, ARS 13-2904 is applicable in cases of unreasonable noise. ARS 13-2904 requires a victim for enforcement action to be taken, therefore a complaint would have to be made in order for officers to file a report or issue a citation to the person causing the disturbance.
What is the rule about residential camp fires or burn barrels in the Foothills?
According to the Rural/Metro Fire Department, residential camp fires, warming fires, cooking fires, etc., are permitted as long as they are not posing any danger to surrounding homes or structures.

Burn barrels are permitted for warming fires, camp fires, etc. However, a burn barrel cannot be used to burn household trash/rubbish.

Additional resources:

For more information regarding open burning in Yuma County, you may contact Rural/Metro Fire Department at 928-782-4757.

Is there an Arizona state law pertaining to pets left in hot vehicles?
Arizona Revised Statutes 13-2910, Subsection A, Paragraph 7 makes it a criminal offense if a person “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly leaves an animal unattended and confined in a motor vehicle and physical injury to or death of the animal is likely to result.”

A person who violates ARS 13-2910, Subsection A, Paragraph 7 is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. If the animal suffers any serious bodily damage or death, the owner could be arrested and charged with felony-level animal cruelty.

What can I do to help a dog or pet left in a hot vehicle?
If you see a dog or a pet locked in a hot vehicle, you can take the following steps:
  • Take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number.
  • If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner.
  • If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.
Law Enforcement Agency Non-Emergency Phone No.
Yuma County Sheriff’s Office (928) 783-4427
Yuma Police Department (928) 783-4421


Animal Control Phone No.
City of Yuma Animal Control (928) 373-4795
Yuma County Animal Control (928) 341-8800
Somerton Animal Control (928) 722-7326
San Luis Animal Control (928) 341-2420
MCAS (928) 269-6303

In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes 13-2910, Subsection D, “A peace officer, animal control enforcement agent or animal control enforcement deputy may use reasonable force to open a vehicle to rescue an animal if the animal is left in the vehicle...” This includes breaking out windows in order to provide emergency medical care to the animal without the owner’s knowledge or consent. If the animal suffers any serious bodily damage or death, the owner could be arrested and charged with felony-level animal cruelty.

How do I send a commendation about an officer (or other YCSO personnel)?
Click link for information about submitting a commendation: Commend an Employee
How do I submit a complaint about an officer (or other YCSO personnel)?
Click link for information about submitting a complaint: File a Complaint
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Livestock Crimes Unit

Please click on the links below to view the FAQ answers

What constitutes animal cruelty in Arizona?
There are a number of things that could constitute animal cruelty. The Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 13-2910 defines animal cruelty as intentionally, knowingly or recklessly subjecting any animal to cruel neglect, cruel mistreatment, abandonment, or the infliction of any unnecessary physical injury to an animal. ARS 13-2910 also states any person who intentionally, knowingly or recklessly fails to provide medical attention necessary to prevent protracted suffering to any animal under the person's custody or control is guilty of animal cruelty as well.
If I suspect abuse against an animal, who do I contact?
If you believe that an animal (other than livestock) is being subjected to cruel or neglectful treatment, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 783-4427.

If you believe that a livestock animal is being subjected to cruel or neglectful treatment, you can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 783-4427 or email the Livestock Crimes Unit at Livestockunit@ycso.yumacountyaz.gov.

For all inquiries regarding the health and welfare of animals such as dogs or cats, contact:

YUMA COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL
2200 W. 28th Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Tel: (928) 341-8800
Office Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Website: Yuma County Animal Control

Other Animal Control Agencies

If you live in an incorporated City or Town, contact their Animal Control programs. Their contact information is listed below.

CITY OF YUMA ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES UNIT
Tel: (928) 373-4795
Hours of Operation: 7:30 AM-9:00 PM, 7 days a week including weekends and holidays
Website: Yuma PD Animal Control Services Unit

CITY OF SAN LUIS ANIMAL CONTROL DIVISION
Tel: (928) 341-2420
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: San Luis PD Animal Control Division

CITY OF SOMERTON ANIMAL CONTROL
Tel: (928) 722-7399
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:00 AM-6:00 PM; Weekends or after-hours, call (928) 722-7300
Website: Somerton Animal Control Division

Is shade required in Arizona for livestock?
Shade is not a requirement under Arizona law; however, it is recommended.
Does the Sheriff’s Office do brand inspections?
No, the Sheriff’s Office does not conduct brand inspections. For information regarding brand inspections, contact the Arizona Department of Agriculture Animal Services Division:

Arizona Department of Agriculture
Animal Services Division
Livestock Services
1688 W. Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tel: (623) 445-0281
Website: https://agriculture.az.gov/animals/animal-services-inspections/livestock-inspections

If I have a horse and want to give it away, is there a rescue facility in Yuma County that I can contact?
Presently, there are no known “rescue” organizations in Yuma County. However, there are rescue facilities outside of Yuma County that may be able to help.

If you wish to discuss your options, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 783-4427 and leave a message for the Livestock Crimes Unit or send an email to livestockunit@ycso.yumacountyaz.gov and a LCU member will contact you.

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Vehicle Impounds

Please click on the links below to view the FAQ answers

How long will my vehicle be impounded?
Vehicles impounded under ARS §28-3511 must be stored for a period of twenty (20) days before being released. The law allows for some exceptions, and you may be eligible to have the vehicle released sooner. For example, if your driver’s license is reinstated by the Motor Vehicle Division or the courts, you may be allowed to have your vehicle released before the twenty (20) day period.
How do I get my vehicle back?
Only the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office can release your vehicle. On or after the 20th day of impoundment, your vehicle will generally be eligible for release to you. To receive the release paperwork, follow these steps:
  • Come to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Records Department at 160 S. 3rd Avenue, Suite B, Yuma, AZ, Monday through Friday, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
  • Present a valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and proof of mandatory auto insurance. If your license was revoked or canceled, and/or if your vehicle registration was expired or canceled, you must resolve this in court or with the Motor Vehicle Division. We cannot release your vehicle to you until these documents are valid and current.
    Note: If your driving privilege cannot be restored by the end of the 20-day impoundment period, you may bring a fully licensed driver with you to drive the car upon release. You must still have valid vehicle registration and insurance before the vehicle will be released.
  • You must pay an Administrative Hearing Fee of $150 to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office for a Post Storage Hearing. Only cash, money order or cashier’s check payments are accepted at the time of the hearing. Upon payment of the fee, you will be given a copy of a release form that you must take to the towing company.
  • If you do not claim your vehicle within ten (10) days of the available release date, the towing company may file for an abandoned title to the vehicle.
How much will it cost to get my vehicle back?
Pursuant to ARS § 28-3514, the vehicle owner is liable for an Administrative Hearing fee of $150.00 payable to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. Only cash, money order or cashier’s check payments are accepted at the time of the hearing.

Additionally, Arizona law requires the owner to pay for all towing charges as well as storage fees. Storage fees are limited to a maximum of $25.00 per day. These charges are due to the towing company that removed and is storing your vehicle.

  • You must present the release paperwork, identification, and proof of vehicle ownership to the tow company.
  • If you do not claim your vehicle within ten (10) days of the available release date, the towing company may file for an abandoned title to the vehicle.
  • By Arizona law, tow companies are not required to release vehicles after normal business hours; doing so could result in a gate fee.
What if someone other than the owner was driving the vehicle when it was impounded?
The registered owner of the vehicle must pay the $150.00 Administrative Hearing Fee to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.

Only cash, money order or cashier's check payments are accepted at the time of the hearing. A valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and proof of mandatory auto insurance must be presented. The registered owner must also pay for all towing fees and storage charges directly to the towing company in order to qualify for the release of the vehicle.

What if I own the vehicle but have not yet transferred the title into my name? Can I still get the car back?
You must first completely meet all legal title and registration requirements before the vehicle can be returned to you. This can be done through the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department (MVD). If the vehicle is registered out of state, you must either register the vehicle in Arizona or deal with the state in which it is currently registered. The vehicle cannot be released without proof of current registration and mandatory auto insurance.
What will happen if I cannot claim my vehicle?
Under Arizona law, the towing company may file for an abandoned title and seek ownership of the vehicle if it is left at the tow yard unclaimed for more than ten (10) days past the mandatory twenty (20) day impoundment. If you have difficulty in paying for the towing and storage, you should at least contact the towing company if you wish to retain ownership of your vehicle.
Can I get my vehicle back before the 20 days are up?
Under certain limited circumstances, you may be able to have the vehicle returned to you prior to the end of the 20-day impoundment period. In some cases this may require a Post Storage Hearing. You may be eligible to have the vehicle released early only if you meet one of the following conditions or circumstances:
  • If the owner presents satisfactory proof that the owner’s driving privilege has been reinstated.
  • If the vehicle was reported stolen at the time it was impounded.
  • If the vehicle is subject to bailment and is driven by an employee of a business establishment, including a parking service or repair garage, who is subject to section ARS §28-3511, subsection A, B or C.
  • If ALL OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY: The owner or owner’s spouse was not the person driving in violation at the time of the impoundment, AND the owner or the owner’s spouse is in the business of renting motor vehicles without drivers, AND the vehicle is registered pursuant to ARS §28-2166.

In certain situations, the spouse of the owner may also enter into a written agreement with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office stating they will not let a driver arrested for Extreme or Aggravated DUI, or a minor in possession of alcohol to drive the vehicle within one year. If the agreement is violated, there is no relief available from the 20-day impoundment period within the next year.

In addition, pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes §28-3512, subsection D, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office may release a vehicle to a person, other than the owner, identified on the MVD record as having an interest in the vehicle before the end of the 20-day impoundment period if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The person is in the business of renting motor vehicles without drivers and the vehicle is registered pursuant to ARS §28‑2166.
  2. The person is a motor vehicle dealer, bank, credit union or acceptance corporation that holds a security interest in the vehicle.
  3. The person pays all towing and storage charges related to the impoundment of the vehicle and any administrative charges established pursuant to section ARS §28-3513 unless the vehicle is stolen and the theft was reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. If the vehicle is stolen and the theft was reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency, the operator of the vehicle at the time of impoundment is responsible for all towing, storage and administrative charges.
  4. The person presents foreclosure documents or an affidavit of repossession of the vehicle.
  5. The person requesting release of the vehicle was not the person driving the vehicle at the time of impoundment.
Would I still have to pay fees and charges if the vehicle is released early to me?
Yes. The owner is still liable for the Administrative Hearing fee ($150) and all towing and storage fees up to the actual date of release.
At the end of the 20 days, can I just go to the towing company and get my vehicle?
No. The towing company is not allowed to release an impounded vehicle without paperwork from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. You must follow the claim process outlined on the Vehicle Impound Information page.
If I am found “not guilty” on my criminal or traffic charges will that affect the impoundment of my vehicle?
No. As long as the officer impounded your vehicle according to the law and Yuma County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, the outcome of any trial is not relevant.
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