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Elgin Police Report Cell Phone UsePerhaps you recently got into a car accident or had your wallet nabbed at the Elgin Shopping Mall. Now you need a copy of a police report to document your loss or injury for the insurance company. Fortunately, the city of Elgin makes efficient customer service a priority for those seeking police records. On this page, we’ll tell you how to obtain your Elgin traffic crash or police report as quickly as possible.

  1. Traffic Accident ReportsTo request a traffic accident report in Elgin, you can do so in person or online. For in-person requests, contact the Elgin Police Department:

    City of Elgin Police Department
    150 Dexter Court
    Elgin, IL 60120

    A copy of the report is $5. To request a copy of an accident reconstruction investigation report, you must pay a $20 fee.

    An online report is $11, and you can get one at the Buy Crash website. You must open an account, but you can get a copy of your accident report more quickly–within one to four business days after the crash. Docview will send you a notification by email or phone within 24 hours. Reports cannot be altered, ensuring your accident report’s integrity.

  2. Other Police Reports and RecordsTo obtain a police report other than a traffic accident report, you’ll need to request one under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act or FOIA. The Illinois FOIA statute gives people access to certain public information and highlights how the government operates. You must write a FOIA request, but it can be mailed or submitted online. To mail a request, send it to the Freedom of Information Act Officer for the city of Elgin:

    Jennifer Quinton, Deputy Clerk
    150 Dexter Court
    Elgin IL 60120

If you have questions about the FOIA process, how to make a request, or how to access these records, you can also contact the FOIA office by phone at 847-931-5660 or by email at

To request online, you must create an account and include information like your full name, phone number, and address, and a detailed description of the record you want. Be as specific as possible.

Under Illinois FOIA law, you should receive the information within five business days unless the city denies your request or asks for an extension. Some information may not be released if it meets an exemption under the FOIA. This includes personal identifying information that would be an invasion of privacy if released or things like commercial “trade secrets” such as bid prices in a contract.

Charges for the information requested under the FOIA are based on the number of pages of information responsive to the request. Therefore, it is important to be as detailed as possible when requesting a police report or information. Basic charges for records under FOIA are:

First fifty pages (black and white) No charge
E-mailed materials No charge
After fifty pages $.10 each
Color copies $.35 each
Plats/Blueprints Actual cost of reproduction

If your request is denied or denied in part, you may request a review of the decision within 60 days. Send your request in writing to:

Public Access Counselor
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Public Access & Opinion Bureau
500 S. Second Street
Springfield IL 62706

You must include a copy of your original request and any responses from the city.

Were you or a loved one injured in an accident in Elgin, Illinois, and do you need help obtaining a police report? The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have been fighting for the rights of Illinois accident victims for decades. Contact us for a free consultation. We can help you get the clarity and peace of mind you need.

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