By law in Ontario, if the damage exceeds $2000 (between both vehicles combined), you are required to file a police collision report (also called an accident report).
A Collision Reporting Centre is a facility which was created to help motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians report motor vehicle collisions which they have been involved in.
Collision reporting may not be required, depending on the amount of damaged caused. If there is no damage or it is less than $2000 combined, you do not have to report a collision.
What is included in a collision report
Collision reports show:
- information about a specific collision, including names of drivers involved
- a description of the vehicles as well as road conditions at the time of the collision
Who can order a collision report
Anyone can order a copy of a collision report as long as they can provide the driver’s licence number and details of the collision such as the date, licence plate number and location.
Note: uncertified or certified reports (for a collision that occurred after June 30, 2014) cannot be provided for recent accidents. For example, an accident that has happened within the past 20 calendar days. If the report ordered is not on file you will still be charged the fee.
The costs for a collision report are the following:
- Uncertified collision report – $12
- Certified collision report – $18
Collision after July 1, 2014 (uncertified or certified copy)
- Online: Available immediately in digital format only. You will need Adobe Reader installed on the computer or device you’re using so you can open, save and/or print the report, along with the receipt. A copy will not be mailed to you.
- In-person: Sent to you by regular mail within approximately 10-15 business days.
- Fax or mail: Sent to you by regular mail within approximately 10-15 business days.
Collision before July 1, 2014 (uncertified or certified copy)
- Online: Sent to you by regular mail within approximately 6-8 weeks (no digital copy will be provided).
- In-person: Sent to you by regular mail within approximately 6-8 weeks.
- Fax or mail: Sent to you by regular mail within approximately 6-8 weeks.
For more information or to order a collision report please visit the official ServiceOntario website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/order-drivers-record