Obtaining Police Records

Effective July 1, 2021, Chesterfield County Police Department will charge for responding to FOIA requests. Charges are based on the lowest possible hourly rate for an employee qualified to complete the work.  An estimate will be provided to the requestor prior to the department's response.   In accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Va. Code § 2.2-3704(H), when it is determined that charges for producing the requested records are likely to exceed $200, the requester will be required to pay a deposit of half with the balance due upon delivery of the response.  Understanding that there are instances in which the time and resources expended to collect and process a payment may exceed the value of a payment received, a cost threshold of $20 has been set, and costs below that amount are waived. Charges for victims of crimes will be waived.

Virginia law is quite specific about who may obtain copies of certain police records, accident reports, record checks, fingerprinting services and photographs. If you are eligible to receive such reports under VA Code 2.2-3706, they are normally available from the Chesterfield County Police Records Section. View the Chesterfield County Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for more information.

For more information, please contact the Records Section by email.

  1. Accident Reports
  2. Criminal History Record Checks
  3. Fingerprints
  4. Request for Offense Verification Reports
  5. Request for Photographs

Accident Reports

Copies of motor vehicle accident reports completed by a police officer at the time of an accident may be requested by mail, email or in person. Reports are normally available approximately five business days after the accident. The quickest way to receive your report is by emailing the Records Section.

The following people are authorized to receive a copy of an accident report:

  • Attorney or investigator representing an involved party
  • Driver(s) of the vehicle(s) involved
  • Parent or guardian of a minor involved in the accident
  • Person(s) injured as a result of the accident
  • Person(s) listed with property damage
  • Registered owner(s) of the vehicle(s) involved (with proper identification and vehicle registration)
  • Representative of an insurance carrier covering an involved party

Fees & Payment

If you are requesting a copy of an accident report by mail, please include $8 for a charge for a copy of an accident report. Send your request along with check or money order made payable to the Treasurer, Chesterfield County. Send it to:
Chesterfield County Police Department
ATTN: Police Records
P. O. Box 148
Chesterfield, VA 23832