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Cell Phone Examination Request

Cell Phone Examination Request

Due to the large volume of examination requests received by the DFCL it is necessary to implement a new evidence intake process. Beginning August 1st 2016 all evidence submitted to the DFCL lab must follow this new procedure. Any evidence submitted to the lab without a DFCL assigned case number and submission form will be returned.

The DFCL lab specializes in the chip-off process. Before submitting a device for chip-off be aware of how the courts in your area view the process. A best practice is to include chip-off verbiage in your warrant.

Submitting a device for examination

The DFCL accepts mobile devices for examination from US law enforcement agencies. We accept computers on a limited basis from Utah based agencies only. See below for cost.
Private labs or non-law enforcement organizations needing digital forensic services see this page.
To submit a device for examination:

  1. Complete the below online form.(In the rare occurrence this form is not functioning download and submit the following Adobe Acrobat Cell Phone Examination Request form
  2. You will receive a case number. Do not submit any evidence before receiving this case number.
  3. Once you have a case number, mail your device(s), a copy of the warrant/consent, and your contact information(business card will suffice) to:

    DFCL Lab
    225 S. University Avenue
    University Plaza Building D
    St. George, UT 84770

  4. On completion your device and examination report will be returned to the provided address.
  5. For local law enforcement agencies, drop off/pick up hours are Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Associated Fees

State of Utah Law Enforcement Agencies:

  • Cell Phones
  • Examination -> no charge
  • Computers (call for availability)
  • Examination -> no charge (media fee may apply)
  • Expert Testimony
    • Travel and lodging -> as needed
    • Per diem -> no charge
    • Expert witness fee -> no charge

Out of State Law Enforcement Agencies:

  • Cell Phones
  • Examination -> $300 per device
  • Media fees -> $50 for any report over 16GB
  • Additional fees -> applied as needed for media storage
  • Expert Testimony
    • Travel and lodging -> as needed
    • Personnel -> $300 a day


For other device types call Kristi Jones at 435-879-4679 or for availability.

Cell Phone Examination Request

Cell Phone Examination Form

Contact Information

Service Details

Law enforcement agency for which the exam is being performed
Please include warrant/legal authority when submitting evidence to the DSU lab. Evidence can not be processed until warrant is received.