Where Can I Obtain A Copy of My Traffic Accident Report in SC?

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our car, truck, and motorcycle accident attorneys in South Carolina know how important a traffic collision report is to your ability to pursue a successful personal injury claim against the negligent driver who caused your crash.

When you call 911 to report a vehicle collision, a law enforcement officer will arrive on the scene to fill out a comprehensive police report that will outline the details of the crash.

Before you leave the scene, he or she will provide a preliminary police report for your records, which will contain the initial information about the crash, including who was involved, and the time and date of the collision.

The final version of the police report will include significant details about the crash, which is one of the pieces your personal injury attorney needs to pursue your legal claim against the negligent party.

What Information Appears on the Final Police Accident Report in South Carolina?

Depending on where the accident occurred, and whether the report was completed by a county or city law enforcement officer, the information may differ.

The official report will include:

  • Date, time, and location of the collision
  • Name, address, contact information, driver’s license number, and insurance details for all drivers involved in the crash
  • Names and contact information of witnesses who were interviewed by the officer at the crash site
  • Details regarding injured vehicle occupants
  • The sequence of events, including a diagram of how the officer believes the collision occurred
  • Seat belt use, and the potential contributing factors that led to the crash, including alcohol or drug use, distracted driving, disobeying traffic signs and signals, or speeding

The police officer is entitled to give his or her opinion regarding who was at fault for the collision or the percentage of blame share by the drivers, but those details are not a required part of the report.

Where Can I Get a Copy of My Police Accident Report in South Carolina?

There are several ways to obtain a copy of your South Carolina police report.

Online

For accidents that occurred after March 2012, log on to the South Carolina DMV online accident reports page to request a copy for a fee of $6.

In-Person

Complete the Request for Collision Report Form FR-50 and return it to any South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles branch to request a copy for a fee of $6.

The second way to request a copy of your accident report in person is directly from the police department or sheriff’s office that completed your police report at the scene of the crash.

Each law enforcement agency has unique procedures for providing copies of accident reports, so we would recommend contacting the proper location by phone first to help ensure you take all the necessary documentation to obtain a copy without making more than one trip.

By Mail

Mail the completed Request for Collision Report Form FR-50 along with a check or money order for the $6 to:

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

Titles Mail-in Unit FR-50

PO Box 1498

Blythewood, SC 29016-0050

South Carolina Law Enforcement Resources

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If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys at David W. Martin Law Group today by calling 888-20-DAVID.

We provide free consultations for all South Carolina residents, and never charge any legal fees unless we deliver a positive outcome for your unique case.

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