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Accident Report Requests

AccidentReportRequestsOnline Access to Traffic Accident/Crash Reports
You can access all accident reports for Des Moines, Iowa using BuyCrash.com.
  • Accident reports will be available 72 hours 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 Buycrash.com.
    • Des Moines Police will not provide accident reports to businesses unless a specific accident report cannot be located on the BuyCrash.com 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 BuyCrash.com and click on the State of Iowa
  2. Select Des Moines Police for your Agency
  3. Click Search
  4. Enter Report Number OR Last Name and Date of Collision
  5. Click the “Add to Cart” check box for the desired report and click the “Next Step” button
  6. Fill in the credit card information and click the “Place Order Now” button
  7. Click “Download Crash Report” button to view your report

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