Accident Report Requests

AccidentReportRequestsOnline Access to Traffic Accident/Crash Reports
You can access all accident reports for Des Moines, Iowa using
  • Accident reports will be available 5-7 business days after the accident occurs. 
  • If the accident involves a death or is still being investigated, they won’t be available online. 
  • Accident reports involving a death must be purchased in person at the Des Moines Police Department located at 25 East 1st Street.
  • Requests from businesses:
    • If you are a business and want to buy an accident report you will also be referred to
    • Des Moines Police will not provide accident reports to businesses unless a specific accident report cannot be located on the website.
    • However, if you request an accident report in-person, we will provide the report.
How to access an accident report online:
  1. Go to and, if necessary, select Iowa as the State and then select Des Moines Police Department as the Agency
  2. Click "Find a Report"
  3. Enter Driver or Involved Party's Last Name, Date of Accident, and Report Number (all three fields required)
  4. Click "Search"
  5. Click the shopping cart icon for the desired report
  6. Select the correct certification reason to purchase the report, and select "Agree & Continue" button
  7. Fill in the credit card information and click the "Submit" button.  Click only once.
  8. Click the "Download Crash Report" button to view your report

If you can’t locate a report through you can call the Police Records Section at 515-283-4899.