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Obtaining copies of police and accident reports

Obtaining a copy of an accident report

Because the Elgin Police Department is dedicated to fast and easy customer service, it has partnered with Docview to provide citizens, insurance companies and other interested individuals with the ability to conveniently obtain accurate traffic accident reports.

You may obtain a copy at the police department for $5.00. Or, simply go to the www.buycrash.com, open an account, and obtain your report within one to four business days from the day the accident occurred. Docview will send a notification by email or phone within 24 hours of an account’s establishment.

Availability and fees

Each report is $11. Reports will be available from the internet site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports cannot be modified, so report integrity will always be maintained.


Obtaining a copy of a police report

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The premise behind FOIA is that the public has a right to know what the government is doing. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure (for example: records containing information concerning trade secrets or personal privacy).

Click here to enter a request for records.

The Freedom of Information Act Officer for the city of Elgin is:

Jennifer Quinton, Deputy Clerk
150 Dexter Court
Elgin IL 60120
(847) 931-5660