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Requesting Reports

How can I get a copy of an accident report?

Online
Motor vehicle accident reports, written by the Sacramento Police Department, are available for purchase online. Some accident reports may not be available online as a result of the following:

  • A Sacramento Police officer did not respond to the scene of the accident.
  • The accident occurred on private property.
  • There were serious injuries and/or a fatality as a result of the accident.
  • The accident was a hit and run.

The Sacramento Police Department reserves the right to further restrict the availability of online accident reports. Cost of an online report is $5.

Request an Online Accident Report

Reports are typically available five to ten days from the date of the accident. If your report is not available after ten days, please contact Records at (916) 808-0620.

By Mail
Traffic reports can be released to authorized persons such as the victim, the victim's representative, or as provided in Section 20012 of the California Vehicle Code. To request a copy of an accident report by mail, please provide:

  • The type of report - Traffic.
  • A report number, if known.
  • The date and location (address and/or cross-streets) of occurrence.
  • The party/parties involved in the collision and their addresses, if known.
  • The vehicle license number, when applicable.
  • The insurance policy number if the requestor is an insurance company.
  • A release from an involved party if the request is from an attorney.
  • Authorizing documentation e.g., power of attorney, death certificate, or birth certificate, if the request is from an interested party other than a listed victim.

Mail the above information to:

Sacramento Police Department
Attn: Records Report Requests

5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95822

How can I get a copy of a police report?

Guidelines for releasing reports

The release of police reports is governed by the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250-6260) and department policy.

Police report information shall not be released without first establishing both the "right to know" and the "need to know." "Right to know" is defined as the right to obtain police report information pursuant to court order, statute, or decisional law. "Need to know" is defined as the necessity to obtain police report information to execute official responsibilities.

Police reports are not released to arrested individuals and/or suspects. These individuals may obtain reports through their legal representatives through the discovery and/or subpoena process.

Types of reports that can be released

Property Crime Reports
- Copies of the initial reports may be released after the names of arrested persons or suspects are deleted. Any additional lists and descriptions of stolen, damaged, or missing property may also be released.

Person Crime Reports The face sheet of reports involving crimes against persons, the victim's statement and descriptions of any injuries sustained by the victim may be released. In cases of person crimes which include thefts, e.g., grand theft person, strong-arm robbery, etc., the face sheet plus any lists and descriptions of stolen property or injuries sustained by the victim may be released.

Traffic Accident Reports - Copies of the entire report may be released unless the report indicates Hit and Run or Fatal. In those cases, the report will only be released after approval of the Traffic Section or after 90 days has elapsed.

Lost or Found Property Reports - Copies of incident reports classified as Lost Property or Found Property may be released.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Reports - DUI reports shall be released to the subject of the report or his/her authorized agent, minus any Department of Motor Vehicle forms.

Types of reports that cannot be released:

  • Any reports not listed above.
  • Investigative supplements.
  • Photographs of arrested persons, witnesses or suspects.
  • Reports of booked property or evidence.
  • Crime scene photographs.

Get a copy of a police report

If you want to request a copy of a crime report, you must mail your written request to the Records. You can only receive a crime report if you are an authorized person such as the victim, the victim's representative, or as provided in Section 6254 of the Government Code. Send your request to:

Sacramento Police Department
Attn: Records
5770 Freeport Blvd. Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95822
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To obtain a copy of a crime report, you must provide:

 
  • The type of report – Robbery, Burglary, etc.
  • A report number, if known.
  • The date and location (address and/or cross-streets) of occurrence.
  • The party/parties involved in the incident and their addresses, if known.
  • A vehicle license number, when applicable.
  • The insurance policy number if the requestor is an insurance company.
  • A release from an involved party if the request is from an attorney.
  • Authorizing documentation, e.g., power of attorney, death certificate, birth certificate, if the request is from an interested party other than a listed victim.

Where can I get more information?

For further questions and clarification, please contact the Police Department's Records Section at (916) 808-0620.