Crash Report Online Purchase System

You may obtain a copy of a Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3) (regular or certified) by using our Crash Report Online Purchase System link below. Customers using the online system receive their report(s) immediately if the report is available for purchase. There is a minimal surcharge for using this system. See the sections below for more information on obtaining a crash report online, confidentiality, fees and ordering a crash report by mail.

If the system cannot identify your individual crash using the information provided, you will not be able to purchase a crash report through this automated facility.

Confidentiality

Due to their confidential nature, crash reports are not available for online viewing by the general public.

Crash Reports

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 not later than the 10th day after the date of the crash.

TxDOT collects crash reports from Texas law enforcement agencies for crashes occurring on public roadways and the state highway system. The state retention schedule for crash reports and data is 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 unavailable. Each year we add one year to the retention schedule until the 10-year retention schedule is met.

Effective Sept. 1, 2017, per the 85th Texas Legislature Senate Bill 312, the Driver's Crash Report (Form CR-2) is no longer retained by TxDOT. As of Jan. 1, 2019, the retention period expired for all CR-2 forms. Drivers involved in crashes not investigated by a peace officer can complete and retain this report for their records.

Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report (CR-3) (FOR PEACE OFFICERS ONLY)

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.

Effective Sept. 1, 2019, per the 85th Texas Legislature Senate Bill 312, all Peace Officer Crash Reports (CR‐3) are to be submitted electronically. TxDOT is currently reviewing technological ways to assist paper submitting agencies with this mandate and will be providing additional information as it becomes available. TxDOT offers two electronic approved formats for submitting crash data that validates the crash when submitted:

  • Crash Reporting and Analysis for Safer Highways (CRASH): The CRASH application was created to allow law enforcement officers to submit the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (form CR‐3) electronically to the State of Texas. Please visit our CRASH page for more details.
  • Submission Services: Submission Services was developed for agencies with an existing application and requires a web services client and adherence to the over 800 business rules and edits. (If interested in this option, please provide your vendor name, contact for your vendor and an agency contact to discuss implementing this option.)

Please use Internet Explorer when downloading TxDOT forms.

Required Information

During the 84th Legislative Session, Texas Transportation Code §550.065 now allows for the release of a crash report on written request and upon payment of the required fee to any person directly concerned in the accident or having proper interest therein, including:

(A) Any person involved in the accident
(B) The authorized representative of any person involved in the accident
(C) A driver involved in the accident
(D) An employer, parent or legal guardian of a driver involved in the accident
(E) The owner of a vehicle or property damaged in the accident
(F) A person who has established financial responsibility for a vehicle involved in the accident in a manner described in Texas Transportation Code 601.501, including a policyholder of a motor vehicle
(G) An insurance company that issued an insurance policy covering a vehicle involved in the accident
(H) An insurance company that issued a policy covering any person involved in the accident
(I) A person under contract to provide claims or underwriting to a person described in sections (F), (G) or (H)
(J) A radio or television station that holds a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission
(K) A newspaper that is a free newspaper of general circulation or qualified under Section 2051.044, Government Code, to publish legal notices; published at least once a week; and available and of interest to the general public in connection with the dissemination of news
(L) Any person who may sue because of death resulting from the accident.
(M) Any agency of the United States, this state (Texas), or a local government of this state (Texas)

If a person or entity does not meet any of these criteria, TxDOT does provide the option on the CR-91 form to provide a detailed explanation as to how they meet the criteria in a manner that is not listed in the above reasons (A) through (M). Persons or entities who do not meet the criteria will receive a redacted copy of the crash report.

Costs - Crash Reports

  • $6 for a regular copy
  • $8 for a certified copy - A certified copy is requested when a person needs an official document, such as for a legal proceeding.

Costs - Subpoenas and Affidavits

  • $8 for subpoenas for federal court
  • $8 for subpoenas for state court
  • $8 for affidavits

Ordering a Crash Report by Mail

If you are unable to use the Crash Report Online Purchase System, you may purchase a copy of a Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3) by completing the appropriate request form and mailing it with the required payment to the address shown on the form.

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