Basic Instructions for Application

The instructions below are designed to inform applicants of the process and requirements for Chicago Police News Media Credentialing. The instructions below are intended to be a general guideline and should not be taken as a set of absolute rules. Each application is individually reviewed for content and compliance to current standards.

  1. Read the City of Chicago Municipal Code for News Media Credentials thoroughly.
  2. Complete ALL FIELDS in the News Media Credentials Application.
    • NOTE: Applications shall be made by the employer on behalf of the employee qualified to hold news media credentials. The employer shall represent that the employee on whose behalf an application for a news media credential is made is a reporter, editor, writer, photographer, producer or broadcaster of spot news. MCC 4-328-030
  3. Applicants must possess a valid Illinois driver’s license or Illinois State ID in order to apply for and receive a Chicago Police News Media Credential.
  4. Applicants must be full-time employees of a valid Chicago news media outlet working as a Reporter, Producer, Camera operator, Photographer or Engineer.
  5. All applicants will submit a letter, on company letterhead, from the Chicago-based media outlet for which they work, explaining their role and contributions to that outlet. The letter must be signed by the media outlet Editor, Bureau Chief, News Director or Station Manager and be included with the completed application.
  6. Credential appointments are scheduled in 30 minute increments on Wednesdays between 9:00am – 12:00 noon at CPD Headquarters.
  7. Appointments will be automatically cancelled if the applicant fails to appear within 15 minutes of the scheduled appointment time.
  8. Walk-in appointments are not available.
  9. Please direct any questions to:

    Chicago Police Department Communications & News Affairs
    Attn: Media Credentials
    Sally Bown, Public Information Officer
    (312) 745-6110
    [email protected]