How To Request a Vehicle Accident Report

Vehicle Accident Reports may be released to persons with a proper interest in any required accident report and/or supplemental report as provided in Vehicle Code Section 20012:

  1. involved drivers of the vehicle(s) involved in the accident, or the employer or guardian or conservator for the driver(s);
  2. the parent of a minor driver;
  3. the authorized representative of a driver;
  4. any named person injured in the accident;
  5. the owners of vehicles or property damaged by the accident, persons who may incur civil liability due to the accident, including liability based upon breach of warranty arising out of the accident;
  6. insurers for the involved drivers, injured persons or owners of vehicles or property damaged in the accident; and
  7. any attorney who declares under penalty of perjury under the laws of California that he or she represents any of the above persons.  The request for the report may be made online or via United States Mail.


Requests for reports may be made:

  • In person
  • By U.S. mail

Report costs are listed on the Fee Schedule.

All requests for information are processed in accordance with State of California data privacy laws and Department policy.

To Obtain Vehicle Accident Reports in Person

Vehicle accident reports may be obtained from the SJPD Records Unit located at:

201 West Mission Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Records Unit: (408) 277-4261

Click here for Records Unit hours of operation and additional contact information.

To Obtain Vehicle Accident Reports via United States Mail

To request a report through the United States Mail, download and complete the Vehicle Accident Report Request Form and return it with a $16.00 check or money order payable to the City of San Jose to:

San Jose Police Department
Records Unit
201 W. Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Download the Vehicle Accident Report Request Form (.pdf)


If you are unable to print or view the form, please make sure your written request includes:

  1. Type of report – Vehicle Accident
  2. Requestor’s Name, Address, and Telephone Number
  3. SJPD Report Number and/or Incident Number, if known
  4. Requester’s Date of Birth
  5. Name(s) of party(ies) listed in report
  6. Date and Time of occurrence
  7. Location of occurrence
  8. License Plate Number and State of Registration of involved vehicle(s)
  9. Your interest in the report (see numbers 1 through 7 listed above under Vehicle Code Section 20012). 
  10. Include release forms for authorized parties and insurance companies and proof of relationship for parents/guardians.
  11. If you are an attorney for any of the interested parties, you must include the following declaration:
    “I declare, under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the State of California, that I represent the above-named person who has a proper interest in the accident report pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 20012 and that the other information that I have provided on this page is true and correct."
  12. Please sign and date your request.



  • Vehicle Accident Reports involving emergency personnel, a fatality, or a juvenile cannot be released online and must be requested through United States Mail or in person.
  • Vehicle Accident Reports issued prior to December 31, 2017, must be requested through United States Mail or in person.

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