After a stressful and sometimes traumatic car crash, obtaining a CHP Accident Report can seem overwhelming–you likely have enough to worry about. However, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Accident Report is a necessary step to seek justice for yourself and others involved in the crash.
The process can seem confusing, but here are the 4 simple steps you need to take to get a copy of your CHP Accident Report.
These steps can be taken by mail or in-person at a CHP office.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should contact an experienced auto accident lawyer to help you get the compensation you deserve.
1. Provide Basic Information
Finding the CHP Accident Report by date alone is not enough. To obtain the report, you need some more information about the crash:
- The date, time, and location where the accident occurred
- The names of the driver or owner
- The address where you would like the report sent
You also need to state whether you are the driver, passenger, owner, parent of, or heir to the driver.
2. Sign The Report
To verify your request and involvement in the accident, sign the request for the report.
3. Pay The Fees
Report fees are calculated based on the length of the report. For reports from 1 to 100 pages, the CHP charges between $10 to $40 dollars. After 100 pages, each additional 25 pages costs $10.
If you are sending a check, make it out to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP has many offices; find your nearest office.
Remember: don’t send cash!
4. Attach a Copy of Your Driver’s License or Picture Identification Card
The CHP requires that the individual requesting the CHP Accident Report provide a photocopy of their Driver’s License or their Picture Identification Card.
If you do not include a photocopy of your driver’s license or photo ID in your request, then your signature must be notarized.
You can typically find a notary in the following places: banks, registry offices, town or city halls, courthouses, printing and shipping stores, military bases, and college or university campuses. When in doubt, reference an online notary directory.
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Source: California Highway Patrol