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Traffic Accident Report (SR 1)

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If you are involved in a vehicle accident that occurred in California, you must report it to DMV if:

  • There was property damage of more than $750 ($500 for accidents prior to January 1, 2003) or
  • Anyone was injured (no matter how minor) or
  • Anyone was killed.

Each 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. Mail the completed report form to the address on the form.

You can read the California Driver Handbook "Reporting The Accident To DMV." for additional information.

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