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How To File A Car Accident Report in Pinellas County

There are some circumstances when the police are not needed at the scene of a car accident. When the accident is minor or there is only minimal damage equaling less than $500, for example. It is still important to make sure that an accurate police report is filed even in the cases of these small accidents, and it is equally important to know where to go when trying to file your accident report. If your accident occurred in Pinellas County, but outside of an incorporated municipality then you will file your report with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. If your accident happened in a town or city inside Pinellas County, such as Largo, FL then you need to file with that city’s police department. It’s also important to understand how long you have to file a police report in Florida, typically the sooner, the better.

Trying to file your car accident with the correct authorities can be confusing at times. If you would like help filing your police report the team here at the Cloud Law Firm would be happy to assist. Contact our Largo, FL law office today at 855-408-5100 or reach out to us online to book your free case consultation.

Requirements For Filing An Accident Report in Pinellas County, FL

If you need to report a car accident that occurred somewhere in Pinellas County there are some requirements you should be aware of.

  • This Is Only For Non-Emergencies – if you are contacting the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to report a car accident it should only be in a non-emergency situation. If you need immediate assistance then you should contact 911 to request police assistance.
  • The location of the Incident – When filing an accident report with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office the incident must have occurred outside the borders of a town or city but within Pinellas County. You can contact the sheriff’s office to confirm that they are the correct law enforcement to speak with if you aren’t sure.
  • There Is No Existing Report – Your insurance company may not receive a police report right away after an accident leading you to believe that one was not filed and that you need to file a report. There can be a delay so it is best to ask if a crash report exists before trying to file one.

Steps For Filing An Accident Report With The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

If you meet all of the above requirements to file a police report with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office follow any of the below options. It is important to note that there are two division offices for Pinellas County law enforcement officers, one in Largo and one in Dunedin. It is best to contact the one closer to where your accident occurred, although either should be able to help you.

How to File A Pinellas County Car Accident Report By Phone

To file a police report with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office by phone you can contact them at 727-582-6281 for Largo and 727-582-6200 for Dunedin. The Largo office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM while the Dunedin office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Speak with the officer on duty to ask what they need to file your car crash report.

How to File A Pinellas County Car Accident Report Online

Currently, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office does not offer an option on its website for filing a police report with them directly.

How to File A Pinellas County Accident Report In Person

Sometimes it is best to speak with an officer directly about your car accident. When this is the case you can go to either the Largo or Dunedin division offices and request to file a car crash report with the officer on duty.

Their addresses are:

Central District
10750 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33778
727-582-6281
Monday – Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm

North District
2496 Bayshore Boulevard
Dunedin, FL 34698
727-582-6200
Monday – Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm

How to File A Pinellas County Car Accident Report By Mail

Currently, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office does not offer an option to file a police report with them through the mail after you’ve had a car wreck.

How Much Does An Accident Report In Pinellas County, FL Cost?

It is free to file a police report with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and if you are looking to get a copy of your already prepared accident report the first ten pages of the report are free. After that the costs are as follows:

Single-sided copy: $ .15
Two sided Copy: $ .20
Certified Copy: $1.00

If you choose to use Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ portal to download a copy of your crash report then the cost is $10.00 plus a $2.00 convenience fee. This can be paid online by credit card.

Contact A Pinellas County Car Accident Attorney About Your Police Report

Even if you have only been in a small collision it is advised to file a proper police report. These reports are a necessary part of the process and one that can impact future insurance claims or legal proceedings related to your car accident. The Cloud Law Firm has years of experience handling the often confusing accident reporting process and we can help to make sure that your accident report is processed correctly. Contact our Largo, FL law office today at 855-408-5100 or reach out to us online to book your free case consultation.

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