Obtaining Your CHP Crash Report

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If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident on a California state highway, you might consider pursuing a legal claim against the at-fault party. If you plan to file an insurance claim or lawsuit, you will need a copy of the accident report.

In most cases, accidents that occur on the highway fall under the jurisdiction of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). If CHP filed your accident report, you need to know how to obtain a copy for your records.

Another option is to hire a lawyer to represent you. An experienced car accident lawyer can handle all the details of your claim, including investigating your accident and gathering critical evidence—including your accident report.

How to Get a Copy of a California Highway Patrol Accident Report

To obtain a California highway patrol collision report, you must qualify as a party of interest in the crash. This includes drivers, passengers, vehicle owners, or a parent or guardian of an involved minor. Attorneys and insurance companies for involved parties may also request an accident report.

You can request your report either via U.S. mail or in person at the CHP Area Office that handled the original report.

To submit a request, you must complete and sign the CHP 190 form, ”Application for Release of Information.” You must provide all requested information along with your signature.

The information you must know to complete the form includes the following.

  • Collision or Incident Date (provide an approximate date if you aren’t sure of the actual date);
  • Collision or Incident Location (provide as much information as possible if you don’t know the specific location address);
  • Driver or Owner Name (this refers to your vehicle);
  • Party of Interest Designation; and
  • Applicant Name and Address.

You must sign the application and provide a copy of your driver’s license or state-issued ID with the CHP 190 form. You can also have the application notarized if you cannot provide a copy of your license. Finally, you must include a check or money order for the report fee.  

How Much Do CHP Incident Reports Cost?

CHP requires a fee for obtaining an accident report copy. The amount varies based on the number of pages in the report. The CHP fee schedule is as follows.

  • $10.00 — 01 – 25 pages
  • $20.00 — 26 – 50 pages
  • $30.00 — 51 – 75 pages
  • $40.00 — 76 – 100 pages
  • $10.00 — Over 100 – for each additional 25 pages or portion thereof

Make your check or money order payable to “California Highway Patrol.” Note that CHP will only accept cash if you submit your request in person. CHP does not accept any other forms of payment at this time.

CHP Marin County & San Francisco Office Contact Information

If your accident occurred in Marin County, it is likely that your accident report will be processed by CHP’s Marin County office.

Address:

53 San Clemente Drive

Corte Madera , CA 94925

Phone: (415) 924-1100

Hours:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Otherwise, you may need to obtain a copy of your report from the San Francisco office location, a part of the CHP Golden Gate Division.

Address

455 Eighth Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone:

(415) 557-1094

Hours:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

If your accident occurred in another part of the state, click here to locate the CHP office that is local to the area where your collision occurred.

Can You Get California Highway Patrol Accident Reports Online?

At this time, CHP does not offer any alternatives for obtaining an accident report online.

You may find websites identified as “online crash record lookup” or that claim to offer free downloads of CHP accident reports. Be wary of providing any personal information to these sites, as the California Highway Patrol does not make its reports available through any online source.

Are There Other Ways to Get California Hwy Patrol Incident Reports?

Currently, you can only obtain CHP incident reports using one of the two methods described above. However, if you do not have a way to print and complete the CHP 190 form, you can request the report via a personal letter.

The letter must contain the same information required by the CHP 190 form, including your signature and a copy of your ID (or ID and signature verification by a notary public).

Why Do You Need a California Highway Patrol Accident Report?

The information contained in your accident report is critical for building a legal claim. In addition to your information, the report will contain pertinent information regarding the at-fault party. Either you or your attorney, if you choose to work with one, will need this information to build your case.

Fortunately, if you have an attorney, you won’t have to worry about all the steps necessary to obtain a CHP crash report. Your lawyer will handle obtaining the report as well as all the other details involved in your claim.

Talk to a California Car Accident Attorney Today for Help with a CHP Traffic Collision Report

Often, the stress and anxiety associated with being involved in a car accident only increases in the days and weeks to follow. Between getting treatment for your injuries, missing time at work, and dealing with the insurance adjuster, your plate gets full in a hurry.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in California, we invite you to contact our law firm today for a free, no obligation consultation. Our experienced car accident attorney will listen to the details of your case and give you their honest assessment of your best legal course of action.

The Wakeford Law Firm provides a highly personalized level of service. We tailor our legal strategies to your needs and the details of your case.

We handle every aspect of your claim, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track. We assist injury accident victims in and around San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.

Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We look forward to helping you get the compensation you deserve.

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