The Texas Department of Transportation has launched a new Web-based Crash Report Online Purchase System that allows the public to immediately access vehicle crash reports. Filed with TxDOT by law enforcement agencies, these reports often are requested by individuals seeking documentation of a crash.
“We’re excited about this new system and its ability to provide these reports quickly to the public,” said Carol Rawson, TxDOT director of traffic operations. “We understand people often have a real need to obtain a crash report quickly after they’ve been involved in a crash. This new system will allow them to access and download the reports in a matter of minutes once we’ve received the report from law enforcement.”
The new Crash Report Online Purchase System allows a person to search for the report of a crash in which they were involved and pay for it with a major credit card.
In Texas, a motor vehicle crash report is considered confidential unless a person can provide certain information about the incident. Using the new online purchase system, a person can enter the required information, search for the crash report, pay the $6-$8 fee online and then download a copy of the report.
Prior to the implementation of this system, a person needing a crash report had to complete a form, attach payment and mail the request to TxDOT. Although this is still an option, the new online system provides more immediate results. To access the new Crash Report Online Purchase System, visit TxDOT.gov and search for “crash reports.”
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