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Requesting a Police Crash Report from DMV

The Department of Motor Vehicles maintains the official record of all reportable crashes occurring within the Commonwealth. Crashes may be reported by law enforcement (FR300P) or by an individual involved (FR200 ). DMV maintains the reports for a minimum of 36 months from the date of the crash. Sections 46.2-379 and 46.2-380 of the Code of Virginia control the release of data from the reports.

Who May Request a Crash Report

Individuals involved in the crash:

In accordance with § 46.2-380 of the Code of Virginia, DMV will release a complete crash report to persons involved in the crash or to their authorized representatives. This includes the following:

  • Driver, injured person, property owner, passenger, or vehicle owner
  • Personal representative of any person involved (e.g., conservator, executor)
  • Attorney representing any person involved
  • Authorized representative of an insurance company
  • Parent or legal guardian of a minor (under age 18) injured or killed in the crash
  • Next of kin of a person (age 18 or older) injured or killed in the crash
  • Person with written permission of an individual directly injured in the crash

Individuals not involved in the crash:

In accordance with § 46.2-379 of the Code of Virginia, DMV may disclose the following information, if available, from a police crash report (FR300P) on request of any person allowed under another federal or state law to obtain such information.

  • Date, time, and location of the crash
  • Name and address of each driver
  • Name of each vehicle owner
  • Name of each injured person
  • Name of each witness
  • Name of one investigating officer

How to Request a Crash Report

To request an accident report, submit either a written request or a completed Information Request Form (CRD 93), along with your payment. The written request must include:

  • Crash involvement (e.g., driver, injured person, vehicle owner, etc.)
  • Crash date and time
  • Crash location (street, city/town/county)
  • Driver name
  • Driver's license number (must be provided if the requester was involved in the crash)

Requests may be submitted either:

  • By mail:
    • Customer Records Work Center, Room 514
    • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Post Office Box 27412
    • Richmond, VA 23269
  • By fax at (804) 367-0390
  • At a customer service center

Cost

The fee is $8.00 per crash report requested. NOTE:This fee is required even if the crash report is not found in DMV records.

Payment Methods

  • Requests by mail: Mailed requests must be accompanied by a check or money order, as DMV no longer accepts credit card payments via mail.
  • Requests by fax: Submit a completed "License, ID Card and Records Payment Authorization" (form DMS 004) along with the written request or completed Information Request Form (CRD 93).
  • Requests at a customer service center (CSC): Payment can be made as cash or by check, money order, or credit card.

High volume requesters may elect to be billed and must supply the name of their company and federal identification number.

Receiving the Accident Report

The requested documents will be sent via U.S. Postal Service first class mail.

Subpoenas

Subpoenas issued to DMV may be directed to either Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, or Custodian of the Records, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Subpoenas should include identifying information for the subject of the records and the type of information that is needed (i.e. driver or vehicle transcript, title for vehicle, return receipt for notification of suspension, etc.)

You may submit a subpoena to DMV by either:

  1. Mail:
    DMV will accept and process a subpoena received in the mail. However, you may wish to seek legal guidance as to whether this method will be recognized as constituting proper service in a legal action. DMV is not able to provide legal advice in response to customer questions. Mail may be directed to:
    • Customer Records Work Center, Room 514
    • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
    • PO Box 27412
    • Richmond, VA 23269-0001
  2. Fax:
    DMV will accept and process a subpoena received by fax at (804) 367-0390. DMV requests that you also mail the original subpoena to the Customer Records Work Center after faxing a subpoena. You may wish to seek legal guidance as to whether this method will be recognized as constituting proper service in a legal action. DMV is not able to provide legal advice in response to customer questions.
  3. In Person:
    The subpoena may be served personally by a private processor or law enforcement agent to a representative of the Customer Records Work Center, located at 2300 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220.