Obtain an Atlanta Police Report

How to obtain an Atlanta Police Report

To obtain a police report of a traffic accident, you can either go in person to the police station or go online to find and order a copy. After an accident, you should report the incident by calling the police immediately.

When you get in a car crash, it’s hard to think straight: most people feel dazed and shaken, and thinking ahead is the last thing they do. But taking a moment to order your thoughts will save you a lot of trouble later on.

If possible, the first thing you should do is move your vehicle off the road to a safe location. Then call 9-1-1 to bring the police to the scene. When the police arrive, give a detailed report of the incident. Be honest, and give as much detail as possible. Filing a police report right away enables your insurance company to settle more quickly, and giving an honest report helps avoid legal headaches down the road.

Make a Report for all Accidents

To be on the safe side, you should make a report even if the accident seems minor. Insurance companies usually require a report in order to file a claim, and a report will be critical if you decide to file a personal injury claim later on. If you don’t report to the police from the scene, you can still file a personal report with the Georgia Department of Transportation later. This report will only be for your personal use, and won’t be recorded by the police, but it can be used to file a personal injury claim.

At the scene of the accident, you should get the reporting officer’s name and contact info. They will be your chief point of contact if you have any questions about the accident later, and if you file a personal injury claim, the reporting police officer may remember details of the accident that will help your case in court.

Obtain the Report

Once a report has been filed, you can obtain a copy of it in one of two ways:

The easiest method is to go online to www.buycrash.com, where you can search for and order police crash reports. Once you’ve selected your state, the website will ask you to fill in your last name, the date of the crash, and either your VIN (vehicle identification number), the report number, or your driver’s license. The cost of ordering a police report through BuyCrash.com is $10.

Alternately, you can order a copy of a police report in person by visiting a local state Patrol Post and requesting a traffic crash report. This service is usually free, but you may be required to fill out an accident report release form. You can visit either of the following locations to obtain a police report:

Old National Precinct: 
Location: 5539 Old National Hwy, College Park, Georgia 30349

Hours of operation: Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Telephone number: 404-613-3005

Records and Reports
Location: 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA, 30303
Hours of operation: Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Telephone number: 404-613-5700