An appointment is required to retrieve items from our evidence room as there is an authorization process that must be followed prior to all releases. Items are not available for pick up without an appointment.
To inquire about the release of evidence or to schedule a release appointment contact the Evidence Coordinator at 608-284-6895. Release appointments can be scheduled Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Typically evidence cannot be returned until:
Once the release is approved, the Evidence Coordinator will reach out to the property owner to set up a release appointment. Please remember to bring a valid Photo ID with you to your release appointment.
THIRD PARTY RELEASE
If the property owner is unable to pick up their own belongings and requests a 3rd party to pick it up on their behalf, a notarized letter is required.
This notarized letter must include:
Mail to: Dane County Sheriff's Office, Attn: Evidence Coordinator, 115 W Doty St, Madison WI 53703
Once the letter is received at DCSO, the Evidence Coordinator will verify the information provided and reach out to the third party to schedule the release appointment. Please remember to bring a valid Photo ID with you to your release appointment.
RETURN OF FIREARM
If the evidence you are requesting is a firearm there is a seperate process that must be followed before the release of any firearms.
Typically a firearm cannot be returned until:
Once the authorization for release is received and the firearm background is completed and approved, the Evidence Coordinator will reach out to the firearm owner to set up a release appointment. Please remember to bring a valid Photo ID with you to your release appointment.
**Important Note** We do not release ammunition the same day as a firearm. If we are in possession of ammunition that has been approved for release, the owner must set up a 2nd release appointment at a later date or request to have it destroyed.
RETURN OF COURT ORDERED FIREARMS
Court ordered firearm returns are handled differently than other firearm returns.