Alaska Crash Reports
Find Your Crash Report Online
If you’ve been involved in any sort of car accident in Alaska, it’s a good idea to get a copy of the crash report and get familiar with the Alaska Motor Vehicle crash report policy. Another important thing to know is whether or not a crash report needs to be filed. Alaska Statute 28.35.080, a statute referring to “immediate notice of accident”, outlines the prerequisites for notifying authorities of an auto accident and is very important to understand if you’re curious about whether or not your accident needs to be reported.
In addition to explaining the “immediate notice of accident” policy, our aim is to thoroughly and conveniently explain the details surrounding accident and crash reports in the state of Alaska, and how to get a copy of yours.
How do I find my accident report in Alaska?
There are three ways that you can request a crash report in the state of Alaska: by mail, online, and in person. Be aware that when requesting a crash report in Alaska, there are two variations of the form that you can choose from.
Crash Report From 12-200 is a crash report form completed
by law enforcement.
Crash Report Form 12-209 is a crash report completed by yourself. So be sure to keep this in mind and remember what type of crash report you’re requesting.
Both types of crash report forms and all three ways of obtaining them will require you to fill out Form 440, the “State of Alaska DMV Request for Crash Report Form”, which can be found online here.
Does it cost money to request a crash report in Alaska?
In Alaska, the fee for a crash report is a flat $10 per report and can be paid via check or money order to the state of Alaska.
It’s also possible to pay with a Visa or Mastercard by filling out a
specific section on the Alaska crash report
form 440, however, the state asks that you do not e-mail or fax any credit card
The best way to go about requesting a crash report in Alaska if you wanted to pay with a card would be by going to your local DMV in person or submitting your request by mail.
How to request an Alaska Crash Report in person:
When requesting your crash report in person, the best way to do so is by going to your local DMV location. When you arrive, request the state of Alaska request for crash report form and submit it directly to the DMV. You can also download, print and fill out the form at home and bring it with you to the DMV to save time.
If you’re located in Anchorage, the DMV is located at 3901 Old Seward Highway Suite 101 Anchorage, AK 99503 and you will need to request to speak with the “Driver Services” department.
How to request an Alaska Crash Report by mail:
Similar to requesting a crash report in person, when submitting your request by mail, you’ll still need to fill out the official request form. After downloading, printing, and filling out your crash report request form and providing a method of payment along with it, the next step is to mail it to your local DMV. If you live in Anchorage, this would be the DMV located at 3901 Old Seward Highway Suite 101 Anchorage, AK 99503.
How to request an Alaska Crash Report online:
Requesting your crash report online is slightly different than the other two available methods and considerably quicker. To request your crash report online, download and fill out the Alaska crash report form 440, then submit it by e-mail to [email protected]. Add “Attn: Driver Services” in the subject field of your e-mail.
Please do remember that if you’re submitting your crash report request online, the state of Alaska does request that you refrain from using your credit card as a method of payment.
Who is qualified to request a crash report in Alaska?
Due to the fact that a crash report contains a large amount of personal information, they are usually only available to the parties directly involved.
You’re able to request your own vehicle crash report in Alaska, and so are a few other parties directly involved, such as the owner of the car or passengers (to a limited extent). However, there are exceptions to this. On the back of Alaska State form 440, you’ll be able to find a list of exceptions that allow a different party to request a crash report form if they don’t fit the immediate criteria.
How do I know if a crash report needs to be filed in Alaska?
Alaska Statute 28.35.080 is going to be your go-to for determining what needs to be reported as an accident.
The criteria outlined by this statute states that the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury, death, or “total property damage to an apparent extent of $2,000.00” needs to notify their local police department of the accident by the quickest means available to them. The law also states that if the accident occurs outside of a municipality, the report should be submitted immediately to the Alaska State Troopers.
The other circumstance in which it would be necessary for a citizen to submit a crash report would be if instructed specifically by an officer who responded to an accident scene. However, if the officer does not instruct you to file a citizen’s report and submit it yourself, then it’s safe to assume that either no report was necessary, or the officer has completed one, therefore you don’t have to.