How to Get a Police Accident Report

How to Get a Police Accident Report on Long Island

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, we can get the police accident report for you. This information is for lawyers and motorcyclists who want to get the police accident report themselves.

The police accident report is form MV-104A. The accident report you fill out yourself is form MV-104. We recommend that you DO NOT fill out your MV-104 accident report. We will do it for you but if you don’t want to hire a lawyer and want to do it yourself, read How to Fill out Your MV-104 Accident Report.

5 ways to get a police accident report:

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What a Police Accident Report MV-104A looks like
Suffolk County Police accident report      Suffolk County Police accident report diagram of accident scene vehicle actions

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How to Read a Police Accident Report

Download form MV-104AC keycode sheet

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What’s the difference between a police report and a certified police report?

A certified police report can be used in court. If you need a police accident report for small claims court, you should use a certified police accident report. Lawyers submitting a Motion for Summary Judgment on liability in a car or motorcycle accident case must use a certified police accident report.

Accident reports obtain from a police department or from LexisNexis Crash Reports are NOT certified. If you need a certified copy, you must obtain that from the NYS DMV.

Important: Certified police accident reports downloaded from the NYS DMV usually DO NOT include witness statements. For a complete police accident report, you should obtain it from the the police department.

If a search shows that a police accident report is not on file for your accident date (within the last four years), it means that the police officer checked Unknown/Unable to Determine for the cost of repairs to the vehicle and did not indicate that anyone had an injury. NYS DMV only keeps police accident reports if the cost of repairs to the vehicle was more than $1000 or if there was an injury.

Police accident reports are kept by NYS DMV for only four years. If the accident date is too old to obtain a record at NYS DMV, submit a FOIL request for records at NYS DOT.

See directly below, “How to Download a Certified Police Accident Report From DMV”

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How to Download a Certified Police Accident Report From NYS DMV

Information about downloading a certified police accident report at Department of Motor Vehicles. An initial search is free.

Go directly to the form to download a certified police accident report at DMV

A free search will show you the license plate numbers of the vehicles involved in the accident and the number of reports filed by the police and operators of all vehicles. The number in parentheses such as (1) Indicates the number of reports for any of the drivers or police.

For instance, if there was a police accident report and a subsequent amended police accident report, you will see (2).

Once you click on the accident you want, you will have to pay a search fee of $7.00 (to search for the report close). On the next screen, you will select which of the available accident reports you want to download and you will have to pay another fee of $15 per report to download the reports.

For instance, if you want only the police accident report, it will cost $7 to search and $15 to download. If you want the police accident report and the MV-104 of one driver, it will cost $7 to search and $30 to download.

By mail: Use New York DMV form MV-198C [PDF].

See directly above, “What’s the difference between a police report and a certified police report?”

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How to Get Older Police Accident Reports

NYS DOT receives police reports after they are received by NYS DMV. While NYS DMV deletes police reports and MV-104 reports after 4 years, the NYS DOT may have police reports after that.

FOIL Request For Records – NYSDOT Record List

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How to Get a New York State Police Accident Report

A New York State Police Accident Report MV-104A must be ordered from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

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How to Get a Nassau County Police Accident Report

Download a Nassau County Police accident report from LexisNexis Crash Reports.

You can get a police accident report in person at Nassau County Police Department Headquarters 1490 Franklin Avenue; Mineola, New York 11501 Monday through Thursday during the hours of 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

FOIL requests to the Legal Bureau Nassau County Police Department 1490 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, New York 11501.

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How to Get a Police Accident Report in Suffolk County

The quickest way to obtain a police report from the Suffolk County Police Department is to pick it up at Suffolk County Police Department Headquarters 30 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980.

Reports can be picked up Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., 7 to 10 business days from the date of the accident. To find out if the report is available, call (631) 852-6015

Accident reports can be downloaded from LexisNexis Crash Reports.

File a FOIL request online to get a Suffolk County Police accident report.

Requests by mail take 6-8 weeks Suffolk County Police Department, Central Records Section, 30 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980. Follow the directions here and download the form here

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How to Get a Police Accident Report from a Village Police Department

If you need a report from a village or other local police department on Long Island, you can request it directly from the police department or from LexisNexis Crash Reports or Department of Motor Vehicles (see top of page).

Village Police Departments in Nassau County

Village Police Departments in Suffolk County

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If You Were Injured in an Accident, We Can Get the Police Accident Report for You

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