Beginning the first week of July, official copies of Kansas Highway Patrol accident reports will be available through an online system.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this service to the public, as it will make it much easier to purchase a copy of the reports they may need, and they won’t even have to leave the convenience of their home,” said Patrol Superintendent, Colonel Ernest E. Garcia. “The new system saves time for both our Records personnel, and for the public.”
Only the reports for accidents that have occurred since May 2013 will be available online. Once records since May 2013 are entered in the online system, copies of the reports will always be available. For someone who needs a copy of their report, they can go to: https://www.kansas.gov/accident-reports/. Once there, users will have to create an account, then the system will proceed to an online “shopping cart” style of ordering. Information that will be needed when people request a copy of their report will be at least the name of the individual involved in accident, and/or a case number, and/or the date of the accident. Payment for the reports online must be made via credit or debit card. The cost for the copy of a report is $5.00. Once the transaction has been completed, the copy of the report is available for download.
Accident reports will not be immediately available after a crash. By statute, officers have up to 10 days to complete a report on a “regular” accident, such as those non-injury crashes, or those without different circumstances, such as a drunk driver. Fatality crashes, or those with reconstructions and more complicated cases take longer to complete, and are allotted more than the 10 days.
People can still purchase the reports in person at the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Records section. There will be a link to the online reports on the KHP homepage. If anyone would run into a problem, or not be able to locate the report they are requesting, the Patrol would encourage them to call our General Headquarters at 785-296-6800, and a member of our Records personnel can assist them, or answer questions they might have.
For several years, the Patrol has maintained online crashlogs of injury and fatality crashes. It is important to note that these are not the official version of an accident report.
To go to the online sales section for accident reports, please visit: https://www.kansas.gov/accident-reports/