Can You View Accident Reports in Columbus, Ohio?

By Shane Stegmiller
Accident reports in Columbus are available as part of public records.

Crash on the street. German auto model 2007. image by Dariusz Kopestynski from Fotolia.com

Accident reports in Columbus, Ohio are public records and can be viewed by requesting a copy from the responding law enforcement agency.

Columbus City Police Reports

The Columbus Division of Police does not offer accident reports online, as of 2010. In order to obtain a report filed with the department, you will need to visit the public service office at police headquarters located in downtown Columbus at 120 Marconi Blvd. The office is on the second floor and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ohio Department of Public Safety Reports

Some crash reports can be retrieved through the Ohio Department of Public Safety's website. (See link in Resources section.) You will need the crash date, jurisdiction and law enforcement agency. The Ohio Department of Public Safety warns that the reports are not official documents and were submitted for statistical purposes only.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Reports

Some crashes on state roads will fall under the jurisdiction of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. You can order a copy of the crash report online and it will be sent to your email. (See link in References section.) Crash photos will be sent through the U.S. Postal Service. The Ohio State Highway Patrol recommends waiting a minimum of seven business days from the date of the crash before ordering a report.

About the Author

Shane Stegmiller has been a reporter since 1998. He has been published in "The Marion Star" and has written for legislative news services such as Capitolwire. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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