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Frequently Asked Questions

Traffic Issues

How do I obtain a copy of an accident report?

Only the parties actually involved in the accident or their representatives (attorney or insurance company) may obtain an accident report. Anyone else trying to obtain a copy of an accident report will need a note, signed by one of the parties of the accident, authorizing them to receive a copy.

Requests for reports can be made through the mail or in person and must be accompanied by a check or money order for $12.00 per report, payable to the City of San Diego.

The following information is necessary to identify requested report:

  • Parties involved
  • Date and location of occurrence
  • Report number if available

Request by mail:
Send request to SDPD Records MS 726,
P.O. Box 121431, San Diego, California, 92112-1431.
Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Request in person:
Only on Wednesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
SDPD Records Public Counter at 1401 Broadway

What should I do if I'm involved in an accident?

The San Diego Police Department responds only to injury and hit-and-run accidents. If it is a minor hit-and-run, you may be directed to the nearest police substation to complete a report. If it is a property damage accident, you should exchange information with the other driver. Information should include: name, address, insurance information, driver's license number, date of birth, phone number, owner of the vehicle, owner's address, vehicle year, vehicle make and model, vehicle license number and state. Also note the date, time and location of the accident. Notify your insurance company of the accident.

How can I report a vehicle left on the street for a long period of time?

Call the San Diego Police Department non-emergency number at (619) 531-2000 and ask that the vehicle be marked for 72 hours. Once marked, if the vehicle is in the same place after 72 hours, it will be towed.

What is the public phone number for San Diego Traffic Municipal court?

The public phone number for the San Diego Traffic Municipal court is (858) 634-1800.

How can I report a traffic related problem in my neighborhood?

You can report traffic related problems in your neighborhood using the on-line Citizen Request Form. The form asks for information about the location and nature of the problem, when it occurs, and whether you'd like to be contacted directly. Once submitted, the request will be forwarded to Traffic Division for follow up.

How do I get a fix-it ticket signed off?

Go to any SDPD area station or community storefront. The officer on duty or a volunteer will confirm that you have repaired your vehicle and sign off the ticket.