Can You Access Police Reports for Free?


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The fee for obtaining police reports varies from state to state, although these documents are typically free for the complainants and victims of the related crime or violation. Requests for police reports are usually filed using one of three different methods: through mail, online or by personally visiting the records section of the police station.

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For instance, in New York, a request for a police report is made by mailing a filled out lost property or verification of crime form to the city's police department. Unless the requester is the victim, as of 2015 the form should be accompanied by a money order or check for $15, which is made payable to the police department. In the District of Columbia, access to police reports is also free for the complainant's spouse, parents or guardians. Otherwise, a $3 fee for each document is required.

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