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How to Get a CHP Accident Report

car accidentsGetting a California Highway Patrol Report After Your Accident

Any party of interest can request a California Highway Patrol (CHP) report. A party in interest may be the driver, passenger, owner, heir, or parent of someone in an accident. 

To obtain a CHP traffic report, you must provide:

  • The date, time, and location of the accident.
  • List the names of the driver or owner.
  • State your interest as driver, passenger, owner, parent, or heir.
  • Give the address you want the CHP traffic incident report sent to.
  • Sign the request for the CHP incident report.
  • Pay applicable fees.
  • Attach a copy of your California driver’s license or identification card to your request for a CHP traffic report.

If you do not include a copy of your California driver's license or ID card, then your signature must be notarized. You can request a copy of the CHP traffic accident report at any CHP Office either by going in person or by mail. 

What is the Cost of a CHP Traffic Collision Report?

The CHP charges $10 for a report up to 25 pages and up to $40 if the report is 75-100 pages in length. If your report shows that there are photos available, then it is $5 per CD. If you send a check, make it out to California Highway Patrol.

Where is the CHP Traffic Office in Sacramento?

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) offices in Sacramento are located at:

North Sacramento Area CHP Office
5109 Tyler Street
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 348-2300

South Sacramento Area CHP Office
6 Massie Court
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 897-5600

East Sacramento Area CHP Office
11336 Trade Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 464-1450

Valley Division CHP Office
2555 1st Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 731-6300

CHP Sacramento Communications Center
3165 Gold Valley Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 861-1300

CHP Headquarters Sacramento
601 North 7th Street
Sacramento, Ca 95831
(916) 843-3000

How Long Does it Take to Get a CHP Accident Report in California?

An accident report by the California Highway Patrol generally takes one to two weeks to be processed. In cases where a motor vehicle collision involves a fatality, it may take CHP investigators several months to complete the police report.

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 9.29.20]

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