If you have recently been in a car accident, been the victim of a theft or burglary, or been injured in Naperville, Illinois, your insurance company may ask you for a copy of the police report. This is a routine request to document your property loss or injury. It can also help determine who was at fault in a car accident. In this article, we’ll show you how to obtain a police report in Naperville, Illinois.
The Records Section of the Naperville Police Department coordinates and manages all police reports, citations, and arrest warrants. This department also handles:
- Freedom of Information Act Requests
- Records retention and destruction
- Processing cash payments for bonds, fines, and fees
- Administration of the parking system
- Distributing department mail
- Transmitting info to the county court system
- Expunging records
- Record checks
- Customer service
The Records Section is available for in-person police report requests at:
Naperville Police Department
1350 Aurora Ave.
Aurora, IL 60540
In-person requests and phone calls to the Records Section can be made Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The office is closed on weekends and holidays.
A traffic collision report should be completed for all motor vehicle collisions that involve an injury or damage to a person’s property over $1,500. To obtain a copy of your crash report, contact the Naperville Police Department Records Section and provide the report number, date of the incident, name, and location of the incident. There is a $5 fee for each copy.
Other Police Reports
To obtain copies of police reports other than traffic reports, including incident reports, you must make a request under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA. Many other records can be requested through FOIA. These include records of zoning and fire code violations, public utilities, the Boards of the Fire and Police Commissions, human resources, legal departments, and even liquor licensing. The Illinois FOIA statute keeps government actions transparent to the public. It also holds our government officers and employees accountable to the people of Illinois. See 5 ILCS §140/1.
You can make a FOIA request for Naperville police reports in-person or online through the city’s FOIA document portal. You must provide your name and contact information, including email, a detailed description of the records or report that you seek, and your preferred method of document delivery. You can have the documents delivered online to the document portal, inspect the documents on-site, pick-up paper copies, or have the documents emailed to you. You can also attach any documents you think may assist the city in locating the report you are requesting.
You can make in-person FOIA request or send your request to:
Naperville Police Department Records
1350 Aurora Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
In-person requests can be made Monday through Friday from 7am to 8pm.
For records other than police department records, FOIA requests can be sent to:
City Clerk's Office Records
400 S. Eagle Street
Naperville, IL 60540
In-person requests can be made Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
If you make your request online, the city of Naperville will ask you to agree to receive documents within 15 days of your request. If you do not agree, you will automatically receive your response within five working days of your request, with a possible five-day extension, as is statutorily required by the Illinois FOIA.
Fees for Naperville FOIA requests are as follows:
- CD/DVD - $1
- Photo Proof Sheet - $1.35
- Accident Reports - $5
- Accident Reconstruction Reports - $20
- Paper copies (color) after the first 50 pages (first 50 pages free) - $0.15
- Paper copies (B/W) after the first 50 pages (first 50 pages free)- $0.05
Fees for very large requests may vary from those listed above. You should be as specific as possible in identifying the records or information that you need, to keep your costs to a minimum.
If you’ve been involved in an accident in Naperville, Illinois and have been injured, we may be able to help. The experienced attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are long-time advocates for accident victims in Illinois. Call us at 888-424-5757 or contact us online for a free consultation.