The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is the custodian of crash records for the State of Texas. Texas Transportation Code §550.062 requires any law enforcement officer who in the regular course of duty investigates a motor vehicle crash that results in injury to or the death of a person or damage to the property of any one person to the apparent extent of $1,000 or more, to submit a written report of that crash to TxDOT no later than the 10th day after the date of the crash.
TxDOT collects crash reports from every law enforcement agency in Texas and for crashes that occur on any public roadway in Texas, not just crashes occurring on the state highway system. The state retention schedule for crash reports and data are 10 years plus the current year. The current retention schedule effective in 2015 contains only five previous years plus the current year. Data for years beyond this period is not available. Each year TxDOT will continue to add one year to the retention schedule until the 10-year retention schedule is met.
TxDOT also collects Driver's Crash Reports (CR-2) (Blue Form). Texas Transportation Code §550.061 requires the operator of a vehicle involved in a crash to make a written report of the crash if the crash is not investigated by a law enforcement officer and the crash resulted in injury to or the death of a person or damage to the property of any one person to an apparent extent of $1,000 or more. The Blue Form needs to be filed with the vehicle owner's insurance company.
The Texas Department of Public Safety collects crash reports submitted by law enforcement officers. Both are available to the public at the links below. These forms can be submitted for a processing fee through the Texas DPS site:
- Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report: This report is completed by a law enforcement officer investigating a traffic crash when apparent damage is $1,000 or more, or when the crash resulted in injury or death.
- Hit and Run Report: Email the police officer to request the other driver's information (if possible).
You can now order crash reports online at the link below:
To download copies of reports, you will need internet access and a credit card to purchase. To search for an accident report, simply enter the date of accident and last name. * DO NOT USE THE REPORT NUMBER.