Crash Reports

These requests must go through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  Traffic crash reports are considered DMV property by state code and they charge money for the release of the report that goes to the State so we cannot release them.  Here is the info off the DMV website that may help you write something gup for our website.
  1. Your accident is reportable to the DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES; a copy of the report will be available 30 days after the date of your accident. A reportable accident is defined as any crash involving personal injury, death, or property damage in excess of $1,500, occurring on a public roadway. Reports are available to the driver(s), injured person(s), property owner(s), attorney(s), insurance companies, parent/legal guardian, authorized personal representatives or a person with written permission of an individual directly involved in the accident.
  1. Submit a written request for a crash report to DMV or complete an Information Request Form (CRD93).

The written request must include:

  • Accident involvement (e.g., driver, injured person, vehicle owner, etc.), Accident date, Accident Time and Location.
  • Driver name(s)
  • Driver’s license Number (must be provided if requester was involved in crash)
Requests can be made by mail, FAX, or e-mail to the following address:

Customer Records Work Center – Room 514

Department of Motor Vehicles

Post Office Box 27412

Richmond, VA 23269

FAX: (804) 367-0390


The fee is $8.00 per accident report requested; DMV accepts cash, check or credit card payments. DMV will return the requested documents to you via U.S. Postal Service first class mail. The fee is required even if the accident report is not found in DMV records.
DMV will process all requests for accident reports from their central office in Richmond, VA. No accident reports will be provided at the customer service centers located throughout the Commonwealth.


Freedom of Information Act

To request records from James Madison University, you may direct your request to Clay Sutton in the Office of University Communications.  The office can be reached at MSC 3608, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, (540)568-3621 (office), (540)568-4737 (fax); or  You may contact the office with questions you may have concerning requesting records from James Madison University.  In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions any questions you may have about FOIA.  The Council may be contacted by email at or by phone at (804)225-3056 or (toll free) 1-866-448-4100.

More information is available at the James Madison University Virginia Freedom of Information Act website.

Criminal Arrest Records

The Department of Virginia State Police Central Criminal Record Exchange is the custodian of these records.  Arrest records can be found in the Virginia Court system under Harrisonburg & Rockingham County. The website is

Any report request must be requested through FOIA by emailing

Once a report is requested through FOIA, the University FOIA Officer, will email it to the Chief who will then forward it to the records clerk who redacts ALL personal information and then emails it back to the Chief who will then send it to the University FOIA Officer for distribution.

Local Background Check

This background check will cover offenses the requester was convicted of only by the James Madison University Police Department. This does not include traffic offenses. 

Civil Fingerprints

Please bring your paperwork/documentation from the agency requesting the prints.

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