When the police are called to the scene of a crash, they are required to prepare a Police collision Report (P.A.R.), also known in New York as an MV-104. The report is to be prepared as accurately as possible and describe the details surrounding the crash. Our experience has taught us that accurate and complete is not always the case.
If you were involved in a crash in New York City, you can obtain a copy of the collision report from the police precinct from which the officer(s) responded. A link to locate the precincts in New York City is below. In Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the police reports can usually be obtained from the department headquarters or on line (see links below.) Villages in New York that maintain their own Police Agencies have their own internal procedures. Police reports are normally available within 24-48 hours after the crash. Most departments require a fee to be paid for obtaining the report.
The reports in most cases remain available in the precincts for several weeks after a crash. If no longer available, they can be obtained directly from the N.Y.S. Dept. of Motor Vehicles or from private vendors.
Additional links to help you find the report or precincts are here:
- To Request an collision Report from the N.Y.S. DMV
- Nassau County Police Department Reports
- To Locate and Identify N.Y.P.D. Police Precincts Click Here
- A List of New York City Police Precincts Phone Numbers and Address
- For Other States, Click Here
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