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DMV Traffic Accident Report

By Aline Miranda on December 15, 2016

Effective January 1, 2017, the criteria for self-reporting motor vehicle collisions to DMV will change. After that date, you must report motor vehicle collisions to DMV if:

  • There was property damage of more than $1,000 (up from $750 previously) or
  • Anyone was injured (no matter how minor) or
  • Anyone was killed.

Each involved driver must make a report to DMV within 10 days, whether you caused the accident or not and even if the accident occurred on private property. The purpose of the report is to ensure that all drivers had liability insurance in place at the time of the collision to comply with California’s Financial Responsibility law.

A police report does NOT satisfy this requirement. DMV may suspend your driver’s license if you fail to make the required report.