San Diego RCFL

Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory

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Welcome to the San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) web page. Our mission is to provide computer-related assistance to law enforcement agencies within San Diego and Imperial counties. Our facility has the distinction of being the first established FBI-sponsored RCFL in the country. Today, we are among the leaders, both nationally and internationally, in conducting research and development for tools and procedures for use in the computer forensic and law enforcement communities. We are also part of the growing RCFL network that is striving everyday to combat computer related crime by assisting law enforcement agencies in the areas we serve.

What is an RCFL?

An RCFL is a one-stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal and national security investigations. The FBI provides start-up and operational funding, training and equipment, while state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies assign personnel to staff the lab. The San Diego RCFL's services are available to law enforcement agencies in their service area of San Diego and Imperial Counties.


On May 28, 2013, the SDRCFL officially relocated to a new home! See below for updated location and contact information:

10385 Vista Sorrento Parkway
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 638-7400
Fax: (858) 587-2301


FY 2012 Annual Report — The FY 2012 RCFL Annual Report is now available for download or to read on-line. Read the Annual Report now!

Service Offering - Cell Phone and Loose Media Kiosks

Two kiosks are available on-site — enabling investigators to access digital evidence quickly and easily - please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Loose Media Kiosk (LMK) — This tool enables users to review evidentiary data found on such items as hendheld electronic devices such as thumb drives, flash media, CDs/DVDs and more.


Cell Phone Kiosk — This kiosk allows users to extract data from a cell phone, put it into a report, and burn the report to a CD or DVD in as little as 30 minutes. Click here to see which phones are actively supported and here to read FAQs about the program.

Training Opportunities

The San Diego RCFL offers Image Scan training for all law enforcement personnel that conduct on-site child pornography investigations. Click here to learn more about this cutting-edge technology.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

SDRCFL Customers: Please take a moment to complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey to help us enhance our services.