How to Obtain a North Carolina Police Accident Report

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our Charlotte car accident attorneys know it is essential to contact a local law enforcement agency immediately after a North Carolina crash occurs to ensure it is reported and documented correctly.

This report can be a valuable tool in the aftermath of an accident, helping to navigate the insurance and legal processes more effectively. While our dedicated personal injury attorneys can help obtain your police accident report once we take your claim, there may be times when you need one for your records.

Here, we explain why it is crucial to have it and where you can get it.


Why Obtaining a North Carolina Police Crash Report is Important

Obtaining a police crash report after an accident can be important for several reasons, including:

  • Insurance Claim Process

A police crash report provides an official and detailed account of the accident. Insurance companies often rely on this report to assess the circumstances of the incident, determine fault, and process claims.

  • Legal Documentation

If there are legal implications or disputes regarding the accident, a police report is an official document that can be used as evidence. This can be valuable in cases where liability is contested or if legal action is taken. A police report can facilitate a smoother and more efficient legal claims process.

  • Accuracy and Objectivity

Police officers are trained to assess the scene of an accident objectively. Their report includes witness statements, diagrams, and the officer’s observations, providing an impartial account of the incident. This can be crucial for resolving disputes and determining fault.

  • Verification of Information

Sometimes, parties involved in an accident may have different perspectives on what happened. The police report serves as an independent verification of the facts, helping to establish a clear and accurate account of the events leading to the accident.

  • Official Record

The police crash report becomes an official record of the accident. It is filed with the local law enforcement agency and can be accessed by involved parties, insurance companies, and legal representatives.

  • Traffic Violations and Citations

The police report may include information about traffic violations or citations issued due to the accident. This information can be relevant in legal proceedings.

  • Documentation for Injury Claims

If there are injuries resulting from the accident, the police report can document the details of the injuries and the medical assistance provided at the scene. This information can be crucial for personal injury claims.

Where Can I Get a Copy of My North Carolina Accident Report?

Crash reports can be requested by completing the Crash Report Request Form (TR-67A) and mailing it to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles or submitting the form in person.

Ordering by Mail

To order a crash report by mail, fill out the TR-67A form and mail it along with payment (see fee below) to:

Traffic Records Branch

Crash Reports Unit

3106 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27697-3106

Please allow ten business days from receipt for the request to be processed.

To avoid delay or return of your request, ensure that forms are completely and correctly filled out and that your check or money order, made payable to NCDMV, is signed.

Ordering in Person

Raleigh Central Services/License Plate Agency

4121 New Bern Ave.

Raleigh, NC 27616

Huntersville License Plate Agency

12101 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road

Huntersville, NC 28078

Fees: Certified Copy $5.50

Individuals requesting their motor vehicle records in person must complete the appropriate forms and present a valid ID. An individual requesting a personal motor vehicle record on another’s behalf must also provide a written, signed, and notarized statement from the individual to whom the personal records belong, giving the requestor their permission to receive the records.

If you would like to search for your crash report by city, logon to the following websites to retrieve specific directions:

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