Obtaining Reports from Local Police and Sheriff’s Departments

Most serious accidents in San Diego County prompt an investigation by local law enforcement authorities. In San Diego County, that means the local municipal police department or a contracted Sheriff's department. If the accident involves an automobile, and occurs on one of the many freeways in San Diego County, an investigation would be conducted by the California Highway Patrol.

If you were involved in an accident in San Diego County, this page was created as a resource for you. To obtain a police report, contact the law enforcement office that had jurisdiction over the accident scene, which is typically the agency within the city the accident took place, or the CHP if the accident occurred on a freeway. To obtain the report, call the investigating department and request the report. You can obtain the report in person or by mailing a request to the appropriate office. When you make a request by mail, be sure to include as much information about the accident as possible - name, date, location, and incident number if you have it. Reports are usually available within two weeks of the date of the accident (fatalities can take much longer), and you may have to pay a small copying fee.

Click the city where the accident took place:

  1. Alpine
  2. Carlsbad
  3. Chula Vista
  4. Coronado
  5. Del Mar
  6. El Cajon
  7. Encinitas
  8. Escondido
  9. Fallbrook
  10. Imperial Beach
  11. Julian
  12. La Mesa
  13. Lemon Grove
  14. National City
  15. Oceanside
  16. Poway
  17. Riverside
  18. San Diego
  19. San Marcos
  20. Santee
  21. Solana Beach
  22. Temecula
  23. Vista
Alpine

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Alpine Station
2751 Alpine Blvd
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 659-2600

Carlsbad

Carlsbad Police Department
ATTN: Records
2560 Orion Way
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Send your request with a check for $10.00 payable to "City of Carlsbad"
Phone: (760) 931-2119

Chula Vista

Chula Vista Police Department, Records
315 Fourth Ave.
Chula Vista, Ca 91910
Send your request with a check for $10.00 payable to "City of Chula Vista"
Phone: (619) 407-3507

Coronado

Coronado Police Department
Fax: (619) 568-1815
Fax your request to the Records Division. Be sure to include your contact information on the request as well as date and location of the accident.
If you are an involved party (ie if you were in the accident) there is no charge for the report. If you are a third party requesting the report there is a fee of $12.00.
Phone: (619) 522-7366 (records)

Del Mar

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Patrol Station (located in Encinitas)
175 North El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024-2899
Phone: (760) 966-3500

El Cajon
California Highway Patrol
1722 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92021
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID, a completed Application for Release of Information, and a check for $10.00 payable to "CHP"
Phone: (619) 401-2000

Encinitas

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Encinitas Patrol Station
175 North El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024-2899
Phone: (760) 966-3500

Escondido

Escondido Police Department
Mail the request to:
Escondido Police Department
Attn: Records
1163 North Centre City Parkway
Escondido, CA 92026

There is a $15.00 fee.

(Also, there is a form they ask be completed. We just use our HIPAA form, but the official police authorization may need to be filled out by a lay person requesting their records by mail. The form is available on their website at: http://police.escondido.org/police-reports.aspx)

Fallbrook

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Fallbrook Patrol Station
388 East Alvarado St
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Phone: (760) 451-3100

Imperial Beach

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Imperial Beach Patrol Station
845 Imperial Beach Blvd
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Phone: (619) 498-2400

Julian

Investigations involving auto accidents in Julian are handled by the California Highway Patrol, all other incident reports can be obtained by contacting the San Diego Sheriff's department at the Julian Patrol Station.
California Highway Patrol
1888 Oceanside Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92054-3486
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID, a completed Application for Release of Information, and a check for $10.00 payable to "CHP"
Phone: (760) 757-1675

Julian Patrol Station
2907 Washington St., PO Box 369
Julian, CA 92036
Phone: (760) 765-4718

La Mesa

La Mesa Police Department
Mail the completed Report Copy Request
La Mesa City Hall
8130 Allison Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: (619) 667-1400 (records)

Lemon Grove

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Lemon Grove Patrol Station
3240 Main Street
Lemon Grove, CA 91945-1705
Phone: (619) 337-2000

National City

You can obtain traiffic collision reports online if you have a report number, and know the last name of the person involved and the date of the accident here. If you do not have this information, or are requesting a different type of record, you can call the number below to find out how to obtain the report.
Phone: 619-336-4400 (records)

Oceanside (San Luis Rey)

Oceanside Police Department
Attention: Records
3855 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92054
Send your request with a check for $5.50 payable to "City of Oceanside"
Phone: (760) 435-4944 (records)

California Highway Patrol
435 La Tortuga Drive
Vista, CA 92081          
Ph: 760-643-3400
This Vista office is where the Oceanside CHP office is located. Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID, a completed Application for Release of Information, and a check for $10.00 payable to "CHP"
Phone: (760) 757-1675

Poway

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Poway Patrol Station
13100 Bowron Road
Poway, CA 92064-5775
Phone: (858) 513-2800

Ramona

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Ramona Patrol Station
1424 Montecito Road
Ramona, CA 92065-5200
Phone: (760) 789-9157

Riverside

There are two offices which handle police matters in Riverside. To determine where to send your request, call the number below. There is a $12.00 fee for requesting the report.
Phone: (951) 826-5700

California Highway Patrol
8118 Lincoln Ave.
Riverside 92504-4316
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID, a completed Application for Release of Information, and a check for $10.00 payable to "CHP"
Phone: (951) 637-8000

San Diego

San Diego Police Department
Mail Station 726
P.O. Box 121431
San Diego, CA 92112-1431
Send your request with a check for $12.00 payable to "City Treasurer"
Phone: 619-531-2846 (records department)

California Highway Patrol
4902 Pacific Highway
San Diego 92110-4097
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID, a completed Application for Release of Information, and a check for $10.00 payable to "CHP"
Phone: (619) 220-5492

San Marcos

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

San Marcos Patrol Station
182 Santar Place
San Marcos, CA 92069
Phone: (760) 510-5200

Santee

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Santee Patrol Station
8811 Cuyamaca St
Santee, CA 92071
Phone: (619) 956-4000

Solana Beach

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Patrol Station (located in Encinitas)
175 North El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024-2899

Temecula

California Highway Patrol
Attention: Public Records Coordinator
27685 Commerce Center Drive
Temecula, CA 92590
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID, a completed Application for Release of Information, and a check for $10.00 payable to "CHP"
Phone: 951-506-2000

Vista

Sheriff's Records & ID Division
9621 Ridgehaven Court
P.O. Box 939063
San Diego, CA 92193-9063
Send your request with a copy of a government issued ID (driver's license, passport or military ID) and a check for $20.00 payable to "San Diego County Sheriff's Department"
*If the accident was caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the first copy of the report is free to the victim of the accident.
Phone: (858) 974-2110 (records)

Vista Patrol Station
325 South Melrose Dr., Ste. 210
Vista, CA 92081
Phone: (760) 940-4551