How to Get a Car Accident Report from Police: 2 Steps to TakeFebruary 11, 2020
In Texas, here’s how to get a copy of the official police report for a car crash:
- Collect key identifying information about the crash.
- Request a copy of the report:
- Online via the TxDOT Crash Report Online Purchase System.
- By mail, completing Form CR-91 and mailing it with payment to the address on the form.
Step 1: Collect Key Identifying Information About the Crash.
Just one piece of this information can help you identify the wreck so you can get the associated police report:
- The vehicle identification number (VIN) of any vehicle involved in the crash
- The driver’s license number or identification card number of any individual involved in the crash
- The name of a person or company involved in the accident.
Step 2: Request a Copy of the Report Online or Via Mail.
To request a copy of the police report for a crash online:
- Navigate to the TxDOT Crash Report Online Purchase System.
- Follow the step-by-step directions on each screen, which starts by clicking the orange “Search” button in the lower left-hand corner.
- Once you enter in crash-specific information and find your crash in the system, you can purchase the report for a nominal fee ($6 to $8, with the higher fee being for certified copies, which are necessary for official reasons, like court).
It can take up to 14 days from the crash date for a crash to show up in the TxDOT system, and this system will retain records for 10 years after the crash.
Mail requests for police car accident reports involve these steps:
- Complete Form CR-91, Request a Copy of a Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report.
- Mail the form, with the required payment, to the proper address on the form (choose the correct address, based on your location).
- Wait at least a week or two for the report to come by mail.
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