How to Order and Access Motor Vehicle Accident Reports

DMV keeps (motorist and police) accident reports for 4 years from the date of an accident, except for rare cases. 1 

You can order a certified accident report online or by mail. 2

You will need to pay a search fee ($7 online or $10 by mail). 3 To order reports you will need to pay an additional $15 fee (for each report).

 

Online

You can search, purchase, and immediately download certified accident reports online.

You must pay both a

  • $7.00 search fee, and
  • $15.00 report fee for each report 4

Please note: you must complete Step 1 of the online transaction before you will be able to perform a free or paid search. 


First: Do a ‘Free’ limited search to see if the DMV has your report

To see if your report is available in our system use 'List Reports on File by Date' to see a list of accidents by the county and date you select (see screenshot example below). The list of accidents will include the plate numbers of the vehicles involved in the accident. 

If there are reports you want, you will need to do a paid search before you can order them.

Example of 'List Reports on File by Date' search type

 

Second: Do a 'Paid' search ($7)

To search for your report use 'Search by Plate Number, License Number, or DMV Accident Case Number' (see screenshot example below).

You will be charged a fee even if

  • you enter the incorrect information, or
  • if the report(s) are not found

Each search costs $7.

Example of 'Search by Plate Number, License Number, or DMV Accident Case Number' search type

 

Next: Order your reports ($15)

To order reports, you will need one of the following (which you can get from the search)

  • the plate number of a vehicle involved in the crash/accident, and/or
  • the driver license number of a person who was involved in the accident, and/or
  • the 8-digit DMV case number (starts with the number 3).

Each report costs $15. 5  


Finally: Access your report(s) purchased online

After you pay, you will be able to download your reports (in PDF format).

You will have 7 calendar days to access the reports you purchased. After 7 days, you will need to purchase the reports again.

Note: Some customers have problems downloading PDF documents from our website. Make sure your operating system and web browser are up to date.

Order Motor Vehicle Accident Reports online

 

By mail 

You can order a certified copy of an accident report by mail.

You must pay a

  • $10 search fee, and
  • $15 report fee for each report you order

Use the Request for Copy of Accident Report (PDF) (MV-198C), and provide the

  • date of the crash/accident
  • county where the crash/accident occurred

and at least one of the following

  • the plate number of a vehicle involved in the crash/accident
  • driver license number of a person who was involved in the crash/accident
  • name and date of birth of a person who was involved in the crash/accident

If DMV cannot find an accident based on the information you provide, we will notify you by certified letter.

 

When accident reports become available to search and order

It takes 14 - 60 days for an accident report to become available in our system. The time depends on where the accident occurred, and who filed the report (police or a motorist).

 

DATE AN ACCIDENT REPORT IS AVAILABLE IN THE DMV SYSTEM
Filing methodReport enters system
Electronically filed police report in one of the 
5 boroughs of New York City
at least 14 days after accident
Paper police report at least 30 days after accident
Motorist report from anywhere in New York Stateat least 60 days after accident

 

Access accident reports you already purchased online

You will have 7 calendar days to access reports you already purchased online. After 7 days, you will need to purchase the reports again.

You will need

  • your email address, and
  • the Report Confirmation Number (the number we displayed during the report purchase transaction and emailed to you in the transaction confirmation) - do not enter the Search Confirmation Number

Note: Some customers have experienced problems downloading PDF documents from our website. Make sure your operating system and web browser are up to date.

Access reports purchased 
online in the last 7 days

 

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.