As per Texas Transportation Code Chapter 550, TxDOT is responsible for the collection and analysis of crash data submitted by Texas law enforcement officers on form CR-3, Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report. TxDOT maintains a statewide, automated database for reportable motor vehicle traffic crashes received by TxDOT.
Historically, TxDOT retained five years of crash data. However, in 2015, an update to TxDOT’s Texas State Library and Archive retention policy was made and TxDOT moved to a 10-year retention period for crash data. As a result, TxDOT has crash data from Jan. 1, 2011, to present, and will accrue data for 10 calendar years. Records prior to Jan. 1, 2011, have been purged and are no longer available.
Annual Summary Reports
Summary reports of Texas Crash data are published annually. The previous year's data is published by June of the following year. Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics reports are available for download.
Note: Statistics contained in these reports are generated from data provided by TxDOT's Crash Records Information System (CRIS).
CRIS Query Tool
Users may also obtain publicly available crash data through TxDOT’s CRIS Query tool. This application allows public users to query, extract and/or analyze publicly available crash data.
To perform a query or to obtain more information on the CRIS Query function, visit the links below:
Obtaining Crash Data
In addition to the annual reports and the Query tool, specific, publicly available crash data may be requested by completing and submitting the online request form.
Note: Requests for crash data are not accepted via phone or through the email link below. Requests are only accepted by submission of the online request form above or by mailing the completed request form to:
Texas Department of Transportation
c/o Crash Records
P.O. Box 12879
Austin, TX 78711
Automated Crash Data Extract Files
In cases where users want large amounts of crash data and their requests cannot be fulfilled through a Crash Data Request or through the Query tool, TxDOT offers an automated process for users to obtain crash data directly from CRIS in the form of a Crash Data Extract File. The process to obtain the file allows users to make requests at their convenience after an easy, one-time, self-registration process.
There are two files available. The Public Extract contains all publicly available crash data from Jan. 1, 2011, to present. The Standard Extract contains all crash data from Jan. 1, 2011, to present, but because it includes personally identifiable information, is only available to certain governmental entities as per Texas law. The data dictionaries for each file may be accessed through the link below:
For additional information (not to submit a request), please email us or contact the CRIS Help Desk at 844-CRIS-HLP (844-274-7457).