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How To Obtain A Traffic Collision Report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) will only release collision reports to people with direct involvement in the incident. This includes drivers involved in the accident, registered owners of the vehicles involved in the accident, parents and legal guardians of minors involved, all passengers involved, and any individual whose property was damaged in the incident. Insurance companies and attorneys also have access to these police reports.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department allows requests to be made online, by email, in person, by Fax, or via U.S. mail. Traffic collision reports come with a fee of $0.15 per page. You will not need to pay this fee upfront upon submission of request. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will contact you at a later time to arrange pick-up and payment of the requested report. Before you request a report, you should contact the Records unit (714-834-6455) to verify whether the report is available. Reports become available seven to ten days after the date of the incident.

To submit your request online, you will need to access OCSD’s online form available on their website. You will need to select your involvement in the incident and provide the driver’s name, the case number, and the incident date.

To submit your request by email, you will need to download a request form from the OCSD website. You will need to save the document a fill in the required fields. You will need to provide your general contact information, the case number, and your involvement in the incident. After you have completed this form, email it as an attachment to reportrequest@ocsd.org.

To make your request in person, by fax, or via U.S. mail, you will need a printable form available on OCSD’s website. Fill out the required fields with black ink only. You can submit your form in person by visiting the department at 320 N. Flower St. Santa Ana, CA 92703 at any time during the department’s hours of operation—Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Do not mail your request to this address. To submit your request via U.S. mail, you must send it to P.O. Box 449, Santa Ana, CA 92702. If you are interested in faxing your request, you can do so at 714-834-5466.

Upon submission of your request, it might take up to ten days for the Records Unit to review and determine whether the report can be released. Once again, after submitting your request, the department will contact you with the fee that applies to your request.

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