Getting a copy of an accident report
If you're in an accident, you need to report this to the police, who will complete an accident report. If in future you need to get hold of the accident details or a copy of the Accident Report, you should find out whether the accident report is kept at:
- The South African Police Services (SAPS).
- The local authority.
- The provincial Department of Transport and Public Works.
The SAPS keeps accident reports for all accidents where a criminal case has been opened. Contact the police station in the area that the accident took place for more information.
Accident reports for accidents that happened in the area of the City of Cape Town where there is no criminal case opened are kept by the city.
For accidents that happened in the jurisdiction of the City of Cape Town, you can contact:
Tel: 021 812 4449/53/54
All other accident reports are kept by the Department of Transport and Public Works.
How to obtain an accident report from the Department:
- You need to have a request letter with your signature or an authorisation/consent letter or a power of attorney.
- Submit a copy of the ID of the person who was involved in an accident.
- If your name does not appear on the accident report, you need to get an affidavit from the nearest police station.
- Pay R165.
- The Department can e-mail or fax the accident report back to you if it has received all the proper documentation.
Request a copy of the accident report:
Tel: 021 483 2154
Fax: 021 483 2102
Physical Address: 2nd floor, 9 Dorp Street, Cape Town
Email address: TPW.AccidentData@westerncape.gov.za
Copies of accident reports from the Department of Transport and Public Works and the City of Cape Town cost R165.