to report a vehicle accident that just occurred if:
- Any person is injured or killed
- A domestic animal is injured or killed
- A parked vehicle, or any other property is damaged, and the owner cannot be located
- A vehicle needs to be towed
Vehicle collisions resulting only in property damage are not required to be reported to the police. You are only responsible for exchanging your driver's license information, insurance, and vehicle registration with all other motorists.
For insurance purposes, a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident should be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If the collision caused damage over $1,000 to the property of any one person, a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident MUST be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of the collision. Failure to do so can result in suspension of your driver's license.
Download a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident form.
Learn more about non-injury vehicle collisions.