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.

There are five ways you can get a police accident report:


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


How to Read a Police Accident Report

Download form MV-104AC keycode sheet


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.

Certified police accident reports downloaded from the NYS DMV do not include witness statements. For a complete police accident report, you should obtain it from the the police department.

Download a certified police accident report at Department of Motor Vehicles. An initial search is free which will show you the license plate numbers of the vehicles involved in the accident and the number in parentheses such as (1) Indicates the number of reports for any of the drivers and 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. A second fee to download all of the reports associated with that accident is $22.


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


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.


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.


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


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