You can get copies of public safety records from the Department of Records. This includes:
- Traffic accident reports (also known as crash reports).
- Police incident or offense reports.
- Fire reports.
- Emergency medical services (EMS) reports.
- Police record checks.
- Letters of good conduct.
Some reports (such as EMS reports) may contain confidential information and are not available to everyone. See the applications to learn about who can apply.
Requesting reports online
You can get traffic accident reports online by using the crash reports application. You must request all other reports in person or by mail.
Requesting reports in person or by mail
Use the table below to determine which application you need and how much it will cost to apply.
You can pay by cash, money order, business, or certified check. We do not accept personal checks, credit, or debit cards. Make checks payable to “City of Philadelphia.”
|Link to application||Issuing department||Processing estimate||Application fee|
|Traffic accident report
If you don’t have an acceptable ID, you will also need to include the no photo ID form.
|Department of Records||2 to 3 weeks||$25|
|Police incident or offense report application||Police Department||10 to 12 weeks||$25|
|Fire report||Fire Department||6 to 8 weeks||$20|
|EMS report||Emergency Medical Services (EMS)||6 to 8 weeks||$6.50|
|Police record checks||Police Department||10 days||$40|
|Letters of good conduct||Police Department||10 days||$40|
Department of Records
Public Safety Records Unit
City Hall, Room 170
1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointment hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.