Obtaining Police Records

Virginia law is quite specific about who may obtain copies of certain police records, accident reports, record checks, fingerprinting services and photographs. If you are eligible to receive such reports under VA Code 2.2-3706, they are normally available from the Chesterfield County Police Records Section. View the Chesterfield County Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rights and responsibilities (PDF).

For more information, please contact the Records Section by email.

  1. Accident Reports
  2. Criminal History Record Checks
  3. Fingerprints
  4. Request for Offense Verification Reports
  5. Request for Photographs

Accident Reports

Copies of motor vehicle accident reports completed by a police officer at the time of an accident may be requested by mail or in person. Reports are normally available approximately five business days after the accident.

The following people are authorized to receive a copy of an accident report:

  • Attorney or investigator representing an involved party
  • Driver(s) of the vehicle(s) involved
  • Parent or guardian of a minor involved in the accident
  • Person(s) injured as a result of the accident
  • Person(s) listed with property damage
  • Registered owner(s) of the vehicle(s) involved (with proper identification and vehicle registration)
  • Representative of an insurance carrier covering an involved party

Fees & Payment

If you are requesting a copy of an accident report by mail, please include $8 for a charge for a copy of an accident report. Send your request along with check or money order made payable to the Treasurer, Chesterfield County. Send it to:
Chesterfield County Police Department
ATTN: Police Records
P. O. Box 148
Chesterfield, VA 23832