An accident report is a formal document that details the events of a car accident. Sometime accident reports are called incident or collision report as well.
These reports are created by the local police department, and can be requested by you, your lawyer, your insurer, or the insurer of the responsible driver. Typically, only one report is created per accident, and the first person to file the report with the police will be given a paper copy.
When it is possible, it is usually advantageous to be the first person to report the accident as your recollection of events will go down as the official record. Never lie to the police or provide false testimony. Always share your recollection of the events as accurately and thoroughly as possible.
Each province has their own process for requesting an accident report.
If necessary for your claim, you will need to request an accident report from the province where the injury occurred. Find the appropriate province below to get started:
Reporting to Police: All incidents must be reported to the nearest collision reporting centre within 24 hours. You can bring the vehicle to the nearest collision reporting centre or call if you’re unable to attend in person. If there is over $2,000 in property damage, or someone is injured, you should call the police immediately from the scene of the accident.
- Ontario driver licence number
- Collision report number
- Non-Ontario driver licence
- MOT collision reference
By fax or mail
- Ministry of Transportation Information Services Office Information and Data Retrieval
Unit, 87 Sir William Hearst Avenue Room 158-D
Toronto Ontario, M3M 0B4
Reporting to Police: All incidents involving serious property damage or injury must be reported to the police. If there is only property damage, a joint report be submitted to SSQ as soon as possible.
Requesting a Copy of an Accident Report - SAAQ (gouv.qc.ca)
Send a letter to Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (address can be found here).
Letter should contain:
All incidents that happen in BC, even minor ones, must be reported to ICBC within 30 days, either over the phone or online.
There is not a single provincial entity for accident reports, but rather, you must request accident reports from the city or town where the accident occurred. Direct links for each local police department are below:
In Alberta, you should report accidents amounting in over $2000 worth of damage to the police from the scene of the accident if possible.
Cost: $15.00 (Plus GST)
- Police file number (should have been provided by officer who recorded collision)
- If not provided, then contact the officer who responded to collision or police agency where the collision was recorded
Reporting the accident: Incidents that happen in Manitoba, even minor ones, must be reported to MPI immediately either over the phone or online.
Cost: $10 (Plus GST)
Mail or Fax
- Payment is done via attaching cheque or money order payable to Manitoba Public Insurance in mail
- If payment via credit card provide daytime phone number and driver records will contact you directly
Notes: Manitoba Police, Public Insurance (MPI) and Government worked together to streamline traffic accident reporting and claims - this is why MPI handles these claims now. More info here.
Reporting to police: All collisions that cause damage to someone else’s property over $2,000, or involving injuries must be reported within 24 hours.
For out of province requests: Fax form to (902)-424-0602
Time: Requests will be processed within three business days in the order they are received
Notes: This driver's abstract is NOT available online. Driver Abstracts contain a five year history of collision and MVA conviction events, Criminal Code Convictions, as well as departmental postings and processes.
Phone: Call the Criminal Occurrence Security Check Office at 306-975-8305 between 8:00am - 4:00pm to request form and follow next steps
Reporting to Police: Incidents with total damage $1,000, or with injuries, should be reported to the nearest RCMP detachment as soon as possible.
Cost: $57.50 (including tax)
- Saint John Police Force c/o Front Desk One Peel Plaza PO Box 1971 Saint John, NB E2L 4L1
Notes: Department is required to contact you back within 30 days after the form has been submitted
Reporting to police: Incidents with total damage over $2,000, or with injuries, should be reported to the nearest police department as soon as possible.
Reporting to Police: Incidents with total damage over $2,000, or with injuries, should be reported to the nearest police department as soon as possible.
Driver abstracts can be requested from the Highway Safety Division by completing the online form accessible through this link
There are three ways to get a driver abstract, depending on your situation:
For further information, please call the Contact Centre at 1-833-734-1873.
Time: 5 business days to process request, if abstract is not being mailed you will be contacted when document is ready for pickup
Notes: This is a request for Driver’s abstract. PEI’s driver abstract is a copy of a person’s driving history. It will show any convictions for violations of any enactment relating to the operation of a motor vehicle, accidents involving a collision, and driver license suspensions.
Reporting to police: Incidents with total damage $2,000, or with injuries, should be reported to the nearest police department as soon as possible.
Notes: The client is not charged until the report is available and ready to pick up or to be sent to the client.
Reporting to police: All collisions that cause damage to someone else’s property must be reported immediately.
Notes: If you are not picking up or arranging for delivery of the form to yourself, please submit a separate signed letter authorizing the release of the information that you are requesting to your lawyer or other agent.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 867-667-5315
After you've requested and received your accident report from the appropriate authorities, be sure to either make a copy, or keep it in a safe location so it isn't lost.
You may a copy of your accident report if the matter escalates to court, your lawyer requests the report, or another insurer requests the report.
In addition to keeping good documentation surrounding your accident, if you've been injured, you can also create a PainWorth assessment to quickly create an estimated valuation of your personal injury claim, and capture some key details related to your claim.