Fastest Way to Get a Police Report in NYC
The fastest way how to get a police report in NYC is to request a copy of an NYPD police report at the precinct where the accident occurred during the first 30 days from when the report was filed.
Find an NYPD police precinct (It usually takes 1-3 days after the accident for your report to be available but can take as long as a week or two)
How to Get a Police Report in New York City Online
Within 7 days after the precinct has your accident report available, it will be uploaded to the online portal. Request your NYPD police accident report online using the Collision Report Retrieval Portal.
How to Get a New York City NYPD Police Report By Mail
Download and complete 2 copies of the Police Accident Report (Request for Copy of Collision Record), and mail them to the precinct of occurrence.
How to Get a NYC Police Report More Than 30 Days After It Was Filed
Accident Reports are held at the NYPD precinct for 30 days before being forwarded to the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
NYS DMV keeps police reports on file for 4 years if the report indicates the cost of repairs to the vehicle was more than $1000 or there was an injury.
After 30 days from the date of the accident report, all requests must be made to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
By mail: use form MV-198C [PDF].
Download your New York police report and/or driver reports (MV-104) from the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.
See more about police accident reports at NYS DMV and “What’s the difference between a police report and a certified police report?”
Easiest Way to Get a Police Report in NYC
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How to Read a NYC Police Report
Download a police accident report key code sheet NYS (3 page PDF)
When a Car Cut You Off
Often the police officer will not take information about a car that cut you off if there was no contact between the car and you or your motorcycle.
Police officers frequently incorrectly believe that there is nothing you can do. But that is not true!
If you were cut off without contact and you have the car’s plate, you have a third-party liability case. If you were cut off with contact and you do not have the car’s plate, you have an uninsured motorist case. If either of these events happened to you, call us immediately!
This still happens even though we sent this letter to the New York City Police Commissioner: police accident reports-NYC
If you were injured when a car cut you off, call us first.
How to Correct a New York City Police Report That Is Wrong
When you think a New York City Police report is wrong, it is very rare that you will be able to get the police officer to change it. You may be able to if the incorrect information is significant and obviously wrong. For instance, if the day and date don’t match or the police officer wrote the wrong plate number but the correct plate number can be verified.
When you think a New York City Police report is wrong and you can’t get it changed, you can file an MV-104 Driver’s Accident Report. See How to Fill out Your MV-104 Accident Report.
What to Do When a NYC Police Report Wasn’t Filed
If a report wasn’t filed, you can file an MV-104 Driver’s Accident Report. See How to Fill out Your MV-104 Accident Report.
How to Get a Police Accident Report on Long Island
See How to get a police report on Long Island
How to Send a Police Report to Your Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Download a free scanner app for Android or iPhone:
Adobe Scan: PDF & Business Card Scanner with OCR for Android (Free)
Adobe Scan: Document Scanner for iPhone (Free)
The Adobe Scan app is like taking a photo of your police report but instead of a hard-to-read photo, it will scan your police report and create an easy-to-read PDF file that you email or a link you can text to your motorcycle accident lawyer.
This video shows you how easy it is to use the Adobe Scan app to send documents to your motorcycle lawyer
How to Get a Stolen Car or Motorcycle Report
If you’re looking for how to get a copy of a stolen car or motorcycle report, you want a report called a Crime/Lost Property report for a stolen car or motorcycle. Find out here how to get a copy of a stolen car or motorcycle report in NYC.
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