Auto Accident Settlement
The Town of St. Lucie Village is located on a north-south strip of less than 1 square mile of land, bordered by U. S. Highway 1 and the Indian River Lagoon. Though it was incorporated in 1961 to give its citizens ‘home rule,’ the borders of St. Lucie Village fall within the law enforcement jurisdiction of St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a St. Lucie Village traffic accident, there is no doubt that your first call should be to 9-1-1. You will be automatically linked to a public-safety answering point (PSAP) where the operator quickly takes down as much detail as possible and dispatches emergency first responders.
As time allows, think about the next call you’re going to make. We highly recommend that you place this call to someone who will put your rights and needs in 1st place (where they should be). Because legal advice is critical at a time like this, Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd is always available for a free consultation at (772) 344-7770.
Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd is pleased to share these resource pages as a public service for our communities. Personal research with each law enforcement agency was conducted to give all of our neighbors along the Treasure Coast accurate steps to accessing police reports for their accident location.
The Official Process of St. Lucie Village Police Reports
Section 316.066 of the Florida Statutes defines the regulations for the supervision, control, and lawful release of traffic accident reports throughout the state. The following outline describes the two-step path of these official records, as they move from confidential status to open public record. There is no fee for a single copy of the police report.
Confidential Period – First 60 Days
Once the traffic crash report has been submitted to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the 60-day confidentiality timeline begins. This custodial measure protects the privacy rights of those eligible for ‘exemption’ — giving involved parties, their attorneys and insurance carrier time to assess the facts and implications of the report.
Within the confidential period, a request for a copy of the traffic accident police report requires the valid photo ID from a party named in the report. The records administrator may, at their discretion, require additional proof in the form of a ‘sworn statement’ witnessed by a notary or law officer.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides this fillable sworn statement which you may submit in person, by mail, or by email along with your request.
Public Record – After 60 Days
Once the confidentiality period has passed, the police reports are now deemed to be ‘public record.’ Requests for these traffic accident police reports do not require signatures, nor identification or sworn statements. You may also request a public record 60 days after the accident for $12.00 on the new Florida Crash Portal.
Contacting St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
Requesting your police reports may be accomplished in person, by mail, email or phone. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s records department manager suggests that you call or come into their office during the confidential timeline. The order of easiest access for the clerk to locate your record will be involved party name, case number, and then location.
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
4700 W Midway Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Phone: 772-462-3299, ask for traffic records
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Days: Monday – Friday
Website – St. Lucie County Sheriff
Website – Town of St. Lucie Village
Florida Highway Patrol Jurisdiction
When a traffic accident happens on our Interstate or state highways the Florida Highway Patrol has jurisdiction. These officers may also respond to severe emergencies on surface streets within St. Lucie County.
During the first 60-day confidential timeline, you may obtain a police report copy in person by visiting the following FHP office (which is closest for St. Lucie County). When the police report 60-day timeline has passed, your FHP accident report is now public record and may be purchased online at the Florida Crash Portal.
Florida Highway Patrol
2929 N 25th Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34946
Phone: (850) 617-3416, option #1
St. Lucie Village Personal Injury Lawyers
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