How do I obtain a police accident report?

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In most states, ordering a police accident report is as easy as making a trip to the law enforcement agency that reported to the scene of the car crash or obtaining a copy from the DMV or state motor vehicle agency if the officer already filed the report with that agency. Some states offer alternatives to visiting the agency, such as ordering a crash report online, by mail, or over the phone.

Many states even provide other kinds accident report forms you may – or, in some cases, must – use to report the car accident to the DMV or other state motor vehicle agency and make these forms available online (for completion/submission or just download), in person, by mail, or by phone.

Of course, no matter what methods they offer, all states have their own procedures for ordering police accident reports – such as fees and time restrictions. Although we’ve noted any special instructions each state imposes, as well as additional car crash forms, it’s best you double-check with your state’s motor vehicle agency or the law enforcement agency that handled the report.

Also, don’t forget to report the car accident to your auto insurance provider. It’s best to do this as soon as possible so you can find out – and adhere to – any special procedures your provider requires in terms of filing reports and sending in any documents required for vehicle repair and compensation.

Check the grid below for your state's information.


Online In Person By Mail By Phone
Alabama
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Alaska
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Also file a Motor Vehicle Crash Form either online or download and mail to the DMV.
Arizona
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Arkansas
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Also file a Motor Vehicle Accident Report. File online, or download, call for, or visit a revenue office for a copy.
California
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Even if there’s a police report, your situation might require you to file a Form SR-1 with the DMV. Obtain a copy from the DMV Web site.
Colorado
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If there’s no police report, file a report online or download a copy to mail.
Connecticut
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Delaware
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You can access an accident report for DMV and insurance purposes by downloading the driver handbook.
Florida
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If there’s no police report, download a report to submit to the DHSMV.
Georgia
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If there’s no police report, download a Personal Report of Accident from the DDS Website; this is for your own records.
Hawaii
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Could take seven or more days; law enforcement will also forward it to your insurance agency or repair shop.
Idaho
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Illinois
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If there are no police on the scene, you must file with your local agency as well as the DOT.
Indiana
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You must also file a crash report with the BMV. Download a copy from the state’s official Web site.
Iowa
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If there’s no police report, you must file a report with the DOT.
Kansas
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Kentucky
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If there’s no police report, you must file an accident report. Download a copy from the KSP Web site.
Louisiana
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Maine
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Order online via the Maine Crash Reporting Web site; by mail via the BMV.
Maryland
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You don’t have to file a report with the MVA if there’s only property damage.
Massachusetts
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You must also file a Motor Vehicle Crash Operator report; download a copy from the state Web site.
Michigan
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Minnesota
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You must also file with the DPS; download a copy from the DPS Web site.
Mississippi
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Missouri
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If you must file with the DLB, obtain a form from the DOR Web site.
Montana
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Nebraska
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If you must file with the DOR, obtain a Form DR-41 from the NSP.
Nevada
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If you must also file with the DMV, obtain a Report of Traffic Accident from the DMV Web site.
New Hampshire
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Use a Release of Motor Vehicle Records form to order a copy; use an Accident Report to file. Both are available on the state Web site.
New Jersey
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If there’s no police report, you must file with the MVC by sending a detailed letter.
New Mexico
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You must also file a written accident report with the state.
New York
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If you must also file with the DMV, obtain the accident report from the DMV Web site.
North Carolina
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Obtain a Request a Crash Report form from the DOT Website; mail it or drop it off in person.
North Dakota
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Obtain a Request for Crash Report Information form from the DOT Web site and mail it in.
Ohio
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If there’s no police report, file a crash report with the BMV; obtain a downloadable copy from the DPS Web site.
Oklahoma
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If there’s no police report, file a crash report with the DPS; obtain a downloadable copy from the DPS Web site.
Oregon
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If you must file with the DOT, obtain a Traffic Accident and Insurance Report from the DOT Web site.
Pennsylvania
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If there’s no police report, file a Form AA-600 with the DMV; obtain a downloadable copy from the DMV Web site.
Rhode Island
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If you must file with the DMV, obtain an accident form from the DMV Web site.
South Carolina
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If there’s no police report and you must file with the DMV, obtain a Form FR-309 from the DMV Web site.
South Dakota
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If there’s no police report, but your situation requires one, you must file with your local agency.
Tennessee
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If police don’t arrive at the scene, you must file a report with your agency. You might also need to file with the DOS; file online or download a form.
Texas
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You can download both a request for a crash report and a form to report an accident from the DOT Web site.
Utah
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Even if there’s a police report, your situation might require you to file an accident report with the DPS.
Vermont
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If you must file with the DMV, obtain an Operator Accident Report from the DMV Web site.
Virginia
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Washington
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If there’s no police report but your situation requires you file, obtain a form from your local law enforcement agency.
West Virginia
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Even if there’s a police report, your situation might require you to file an accident report with the DMV.
Wisconsin
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If there’s no police report but your situation requires you file, obtain a Driver Report of Accident from the DOT Web site.
Wyoming
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Even if there’s a police report, your situation might require you to file an Owner/Operator Traffic Crash Report with the DOT. Obtain a copy from the DOT Web site.
Washington DC
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