Fastest way to get a motor vehicle accident report in New York
You can obtain a copy of a motor vehicle accident report from the reporting police agency or from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles by mail (using DMV Form - 198C), but it's faster and cheaper to order a report online at: dmv.ny.gov/get-accident-report.
Obtaining a motor vehicle accident report onlineThe amount of time required to process accident reports and to make the reports available varies based on the location of the accident and the method used by the reporting police agency. If the accident occurred in one of the five boroughs of New York City, allow 120 days from the date of the accident before searching for the report. If the accident occurred in New York State, outside the five boroughs of New York City, and was filed by the police on paper forms, allow at least 30 days from the date of the accident before searching for the report or 14 days from the date of the accident if it was filed electronically. To purchase a report filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles you must: 1. be named on the accident report; 2. represent a person named on the report; 3. be a party to a civil action that arose from the accident; or 4. represent a person who is a party to a civil action that arose from the accident. The search fee is $7.00 dollars and the report fee is $15.00 dollars for each report you order. You can find out if your report is available without incurring any fees by using the date and county of your accident. You will only be charged if you order a report. However, if you search by your accident case number, vehicle plate number, or driver license number, you will be required to pay a $7.00 dollar search fee. This fee is in addition to the accident report fee.
Obtaining a motor vehicle accident report by mailTo request an accident report by mail, use DMV Form - 198C. Again, you must be a named on the accident report, represent a person named on the report or be a party to a civil action that arose from the accident. You must submit a $10.00 dollar search fee and a $15.00 dollar report fee with your request for a copy of an accident report form and mail it to: NYSDMV, MV-198C Processing, P.O. Box 2086, Albany, NY 12220-0086. Accident reports are not available by phone.