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Collision Report - CHP 190

Form CHP 190

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General Information

This form may be printed and completed when requesting a CHP collision report, either in person at a CHP Area office, or by mail.

In order to allow a proper Party of Interest (i.e. Driver, Passenger, Property Owner, Vehicle Owner, Parent of Minor, or Legal Guardian) to obtain a copy of a CHP collision report/investigation, without having to go to the CHP Area office where the collision report was filed, the following instructions will help you complete the CHP 190:

  1. Collision/Incident Date: If you do not know the exact date, provide an approximate date.
  2. Collision/Incident Location: If you do not know the exact location, list as much information as possible.
  3. Driver or Owner: List the driver or owner of the vehicle. If only your property was damaged, please list your name and address.
  4. Party of Interest: PLEASE CHECK ONLY ONE BOX. The most common Parties of Interest are: Driver, Passenger, Property Owner, Vehicle Owner, Parent of Minor, or Legal Guardian of an individual. If you are not sure you are entitled to a copy of the report/investigation, please contact any CHP Area office to verify whether you are a proper Party of Interest.
  5. Applicant: Print your name in this box.
  6. Number and Street, City, State and Zip Code.
  7. Agency/Company: Applies to government entities or insurance companies.
  8. Signature.

Additional Instructions

Please attach a photocopy of your state driver license or identification card to verify proper party of interest. If you do not include a photocopy of your state driver license or identification card, your signature on this document must be notarized by a licensed notary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I obtain a copy of a CHP collision report?

A: There are two ways to obtain a copy of a CHP investigated collision report.

  1. If you are a Party of Interest, you can go to any CHP office and pay a nominal fee for a copy of the report. If you prefer to handle this through the mail, you can complete the CHP 190, Application for Release of Information, which can be downloaded from this web site, then mail it and a photo copy of your driver license, to the CHP jurisdiction that filed the report (click here for CHP office addresses).
  2. Have your insurance provider obtain a copy of the collision report and give you a copy (this may save you the report fee).

Q: Can I get a copy of a CHP investigated collision report at any CHP office?

A: Yes. Any CHP office will be able to get a copy of a CHP collision report or arrange for one to be mailed to your address (For example: You live in Los Angeles and were involved in a collision in Redding, California. You can go into any CHP office in Southern California and have them obtain a copy of your collision report from the Redding CHP office, or arrange for the collision report to be mailed to your home or business address).

Q: Do I have to go into the CHP office to obtain a copy of a collision report?

A: No. You can follow the procedures below to obtain a copy the collision report through the mail:

  1. Complete a CHP 190, Application for Release of Information, that is available on this web site or you may simply write a personal letter. Send the completed form or letter to the CHP office which had the responsibility for reporting the collision, with verification that you are a proper Party of Interest. Normally, a party of interest is anyone who is the driver, passenger, property owner, vehicle owner, parent of minor, or legal guardian of an individual, when the collision occurred. If you have any question whether you are a party of interest, please contact your local CHP office.
  2. Make a photocopy of your driver license or picture identification card and attach it to your request for a collision report. If you do not have either of these documents, the CHP 190 form, or your personal letter, must be certified by a notary. Once the CHP has your request and verified you are a proper party of interest, a copy of the report will be mailed to your address upon receipt of payment.

Q: How much does the CHP charge for a copy of a collision report?

A: The CHP charges only a nominal fee to cover reproduction costs (To determine the cost of your report, please contact the CHP office where the report was filed). The CHP charges the following for collision reports:

**There is no extra charge for handling or mailing.  Your personal check or money order must be sent with your request and made out to the California Highway Patrol. Please place the report number on your check, if you know it. NO CASH PLEASE.

Q: Can I get a copy of a collision report from a CHP office if the collision was investigated by another police department?

A: No. The CHP can only obtain copies of collision reports we investigate.  If you do not know the police department who investigated the collision, you can either contact your local police department or CHP Office to assist you in identifying the proper law enforcement agency.

Q: How can I get a copy of a CHP collision report if I live out-of-state?

A: You can obtain a copy of a collision report by mail. Please follow the procedures below:

  1. Complete a CHP 190, Application for Release of Information, that is availableon this web site or you may simply write a personal letter. Send the completed form or letter to the CHP office which had the responsibility for reporting the collision, with verification that you are a proper Party of Interest. Normally, a party of interest is anyone who is the driver, passenger, property owner, vehicle owner, parent of minor, or legal guardian of an individual, when the collision occurred. If you have any question whether you are a Party of Interest, please contact your local CHP office.
  2. Make a photocopy of your driver license or picture identification card and attach it to your request for a collision report. If you do not have either of these documents, the CHP 190 form, or your personal letter, must be certified by a notary. Once the CHP has your request and verified you are a proper party of interest, a copy of the report will be mailed to your address upon receipt of payment.

 

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