If you were in an auto accident in New York City, you should obtain a copy of your NYPD accident report as soon as possible.

Your NYPD collision report recounts the events leading to your accident, the aftermath of the crash, and usually identifies the responsible party.

NYPD Accident Report
Learn how to retrieve a copy of your NYPD accident report.

In many cases, accident reports serve as strong evidence in your claim, especially if you decide to file a lawsuit.

If the NYPD responds to your accident, there are three ways you can get your NYPD accident report: in-person, by mail, or online.

However, the fastest way to get an NYC police accident report following a car accident is to go to the precinct that took the report and pick up a copy. It can take up to a week to be available, but it is the easiest and most fool-proof way to get a copy.

How Can I Get My NYPD Accident Report Online?

NYPD accident reports can be retrieved online through the Collision Report Retrieval Portal. It can take up to seven business days from the date of your accident for the report to become retrievable via the portal. To retrieve your NYPD collision report, you’ll need a few pieces of information, including:

  • The date of the accident;
  • The borough where the crash happened;
  • Your driver’s license number, date of birth, and plate number/state; and
  • Your email address.

Keep in mind that an NYC accident report involving a critical injury or fatality is free of charge. However, make sure you check the most up-to-date information on the NYPD’s website.

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How Can I Get My NYPD Collision Report In Person?

Click to download a copy of the NYPD’s Request for Copy of Collision Record form.

If you want to pick up your NYPD accident report in person, you must fill out two copies of a Police Collision Report and drop them off at the precinct where your crash occurred.

Keep in mind, NYPD precincts only hold onto accident reports for 30 days after the officer files them. After 30 days, reports are sent the report to the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

After that point, you must request your accident report from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on New York DMV form MV-198C.

How Can I Get My NYPD Accident Report By Mail?

To obtain your NYPD accident report by mail, you must complete and submit two copies of the Police Collision Report to the precinct where your accident took place. Visit the NYPD’s website to find a list of all NYPD precincts and their addresses.

If you can’t get your accident report within 30 days, fill out form MV-198C and send it to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. Reports from the DMV cost $25 for one copy.

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If you suffer from injuries in a car accident in New York, give attorney Ferrante & Koenig a call today. We serve clients all over New York City from offices in Brooklyn and the Bronx. We have dedicated our careers to seeking justice for those injured due to the negligence of another and have recovered millions of dollars for his clients.

If you have any questions about requesting your NYPD accident report or need a lawyer who can help you establish a stronger claim, give Ferrante & Koenig a call at 646-450-4110.

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