How to Get Police Reports for an Accident You Were Involved In

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Step 1

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Call the number listed on the business card of the responding officer.

Step 2

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Explain to the office about the accident you were in to jog his/her memory and then ask how to obtain the police report. If the officer doesn't answer, leave a detailed message with the time, date, location, your name, and number at which you can be reached.

Step 3

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Call your local courthouse and ask the clerk how you can obtain a copy of the police report if the officer can't help. You may be required to drive to the courthouse to pick up a copy of the report. There may also be a fee. Bring cash.

Step 4

Call both your insurance company and the insurance company of the other person who was involved in the accident if calling the courthouse doesn't yield results. Ask for a copy of the police report. They may mail it to you.


About the Author

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.

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