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File a Police Report Online

How to Use the Citizens Online Reporting Tool (CORT)

Screen Shot of Online Reporting Tool Webpage

Note: If this is an emergency, do not file your report online.
Call 911.

How to File a Report

Here are the steps users will follow to file a report online:

  1. Click on the Online Reporting Tool to choose your event type and start your report. Name and email address are required to ensure that all complainants may be contacted for further information if necessary.
  2. Follow the prompts at the bottom of each screen to complete your report.
  3. When you are done with your report, you will be asked to submit it for MPD review. MPD will then email you a temporary case number.
  4. Within two (2) business days, MPD will review the report. If we have questions, we will contact you. If we have to leave a voice mail message, we will also email you. Once we fully approve the report, we will email you a final case number and a link to print out the report for your records.

Using the Online Reporting Tool, you can report the following types of incidents:

  • Lost property
  • Lost vehicle tags
  • Theft/theft from auto*
  • Destruction of property
  • Damage to property

*Thefts, in which your checkbook, debit, credit card, social security card or social security number, etc. may have been stolen and/or used to purchase other items or services, are considered credit card fraud and/or identity theft, and should not be filed online using this application.

Find Your Nearest Police District

If your report does not qualify for Online Reporting, you can call 911 or visit your nearest Police District.

Do Not Make Your Report in Two Places. To reduce confusion, users who file a report online should not also call the non-emergency line and file the same report with the Telephone Reporting Unit.

Before You File a Report

In order to make a report using the Online Reporting Tool, please ensure that ALL of the following conditions are present:

  1. The event took place in the District of Columbia, but not on Metrorail, Metrobus, or Metro property.
  2. The suspects are not known to you.
  3. The suspects have left the scene.
  4. You (or, the complainant, if you are making a report on behalf of another party) have not suffered any injuries.
  5. There is no apparent need for investigation at the scene, to include video surveillance tape.
  6. There is no obvious physical evidence available at the scene.
  7. There are no witnesses to be interviewed.
  8. This is not a traffic crash.
  9. The event occurred within the last six months. Events older than six months should be reported to 911, not filed with this online application.

What Happens Next

Upon completion of this report process you will:

  • Be notified that your online police report has been submitted. This indicates that your police report is complete.
  • Be given a temporary police report case number.
  • Be able to print a copy of the police report to keep for your records.
Warning Concerning Making False Police Reports
Persons submitting online police reports to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) are reminded that it is a crime to make a false or fictitious police report, and upon conviction, persons may be subject to a fine not to exceed $300 or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. (See D.C. Official Code § 5-117.05) 


All questions about when and how to use the application may be forwarded to MPD's Staff Review Unit at (202) 727-4111 between the hours of 7 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding DC holidays.

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