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How Can I Obtain a Copy of My Illinois Traffic Accident Report?

At the Mancini Law Group, P.C., our personal injury attorneys in Chicago explain the value of having an official police/accident report to each of our clients after they have been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle collision anywhere in Illinois. 

Our Cook County personal injury lawyers know your official accident report — whether it was taken by the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, or the Chicago Police Department provides insight from professional law enforcement regarding how the collision occurred, who was at fault, the injury details, witness contact information, and other important crash site details that can help strengthen your case.

Here is how you can obtain a copy of your accident report from the law enforcement agency that reported to the crash scene.

How Can I Obtain a Copy of My Traffic Accident Report from the Illinois State Police?

You may request a crash report from the Illinois State Police online or by mail.

Logon to the Official ISP Crash Report web page, and be prepared to provide the following details from the accident:

  • A driver’s first and last name
  • The date of the crash
  • The location of the crash, including the Interstate and County
  • The Agency Crash Report Number (located in the upper-middle portion of the motorist report)

Once the relevant information is entered, you can choose to have the accident report emailed or mailed to you by making the appropriate selection.

There is a $5 crash report fee, and all applicable processing fees must be paid before completing the request.

To request a copy of your crash report in writing, by mail, compose a letter listing the same details that are requested in the online form, including:

  • A driver’s first and last name
  • The date of the crash
  • The location of the crash, including the Interstate and County
  • The Agency Crash Report Number (located in the upper-middle portion of the motorist report)

Include a check or money order in the amount of $5.00 for a traffic crash report made payable to “Illinois State Police.” Do not send cash.

Mail the written request to:

Illinois State Police

Patrol Records Unit

801 South 7th Street, Suite 600-M

Springfield, Illinois 62703

How Can I Obtain a Copy of My Traffic Accident Report from the Chicago Police Department?

You may request a crash report from the Chicago Police Department in person, by mail, or online.

Logon to the Official CPD Crash Report web page, and be prepared to provide the following details from the accident, along with payment totaling $6 ($5 fee for the report, and $1 convenience fee):

  • The driver’s name
  • The location of the crash
  • The RD number (report number given by the Police at the scene)

To request an accident report in person, appear at:

Central Police Headquarters

3510 S. Michigan Avenue, 1st Floor, Room 1043

Chicago, IL 60653

To request an accident report by mail:

Send the accident details and $5 check or money order made payable to the “Department of

Revenue, City of Chicago” accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope and the applicable fees to:

Chicago Police Department

Records Inquiry and Customer Service Section, Unit 163

3510 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60653

Applicable Fees for Requesting a Crash Report In Person or By Mail:

  • .50 cents for each copy of a case report.
  • $5.00 for each copy of a Traffic Crash Report
  • $20.00 for a report generated by an accident reconstruction officer or accident reconstruction team in the case of the traffic crash.

How Can I Obtain a Copy of My Traffic Accident Report from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department?

Depending on how you request a police report from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the fees may range from $5 – $20.

Logon to the Official Cook County Sheriff’s Department’s Crash Report web page and be prepared to create an account before entering the following details from the accident:

  • The report number provided by the law enforcement official at the scene
  • Name, mailing address, phone number, and email
  • Driver’s license number
  • Vehicle license plate number
  • The date/time of the accident
  • Location of the accident

To request an accident report in person, appear at:

Cook County Sheriff’s Office

50 W. Washington Street

Chicago, Illinois 60602

To request an accident report by email, send the details of your crash to: foia@chicagopolice.org

If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash caused by a negligent driver anywhere in Illinois, contact our experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys at Mancini Law Group P.C by phone at 773-745-1909 or online to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case today.

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