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KHP reports will be available online


Special to The Hays Daily News

Beginning next month, official copies of Kansas Highway Patrol accident reports will be available through an online system.

"We are pleased to be able to offer this service to the public, as it will make it much easier to purchase a copy of the reports they may need, and they won't even have to leave the convenience of their home," said Col. Ernest E. Garcia, KHP superintendent. "The new system saves time for both our records personnel, and for the public."

Reports for accidents from May forward will be available at https://www.kansas.gov/accident-reports. Once there, users will have to create an account, then the system will proceed to an online "shopping cart" style of ordering. Information that will be needed when people request a copy of their report will be at least the name of the individual involved in the accident, case number or the date of the accident. Payment for the reports online must be made via credit or debit card. The cost for the copy of a report is $5. Once the transaction has been completed, the copy of the report is available for download.

Accident reports will not be immediately available. By statute, officers have up to 10 days to complete a report on a "regular" accident -- longer in some cases depending upon the type of crash.

People still can purchase the reports in person at the Kansas Highway Patrol's records section. There will be a link to the online reports on the KHP website. For help with records, call (785) 296-6800.