If you are involved in a car accident involving personal injuries, death, or property damages exceeding around $750, you must file a car accident report to the DMV.
To report the accident, you, your insurance agent, or a legal representative must complete an DMV accident report form including specific details of the accident. Be sure to gather and document the following information for the report:
- Place and time of accident
- Personal information of all parties involved
- Vehicle and insurance information of all parties involved
- Driver’s license number and state
- License plate number and state
- Insurance company, policy, and expiration date
- Explanation of injuries or property damage
An accident report must be filed 5-30 days after the accident, depending on your state. You can complete and submit the form online, by mail, or in person at your local DMV office location. If you fail to file a car accident report on time, the DMV may suspend or even revoke your driver’s license.
Typically, an accident report filed through the DMV will be noted on your driving record for a certain number of years, regardless of which party was at fault for the accident. If you or someone else was injured in the accident, it may help to consult an auto accident attorney before filing the DMV report.
Time limits, regulations, and procedures vary by state, so be sure to consult your state’s DMV for specific requirements. Click your state's link below for filing information and/or forms for reporting a car accident with your local DMV.