How do I look up an accident report in Sacramento?
To obtain a copy of your traffic collision report in Sacramento County, the process will depend on which entity responded to the accident scene: the California Highway Patrol (CHP) or the Sacramento Police Department (Sac PD).
If the CHP handled your case:
- Visit any CHP office and request a copy of the report in person.It's important to note that only authorized individuals, such as drivers, passengers, vehicle owners, or legal guardians, can pick up the report. They will ask for your identification and proof of connection to the incident. To expedite the process, come prepared with proper identification, the accident date, the location, and the driver/owner details. Please note there is a fee to obtain a copy of your report. Please note there is a fee to obtain a copy of your report.
- You can request your insurance provider to obtain a copy of the collision report on your behalf, which may save you the report fee.
If the Sac PD handled your case:
- Access the www.cityofsacramento.org website to obtain your report online. A fee will be associated with obtaining the copy, which is currently $5.00. Requesting an Online Accident Report can be done through the website. The Sac PD advises traffic collision reports are typically available within five to ten days from the accident date. To check the status of your report contact Records at (916) 808-0620.
- Like the CHP process, you can also request your insurance provider to obtain a copy of the collision report, potentially saving you the report fee.
It's important to note that the California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento Police Department offer the option to request a copy of the report via USPS mail. Please visit their websites to ensure you provide the necessary information and fees for obtaining your copy.
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