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Reporting an Auto Collision to the Dmv

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Oftentimes, clients ask me, “I’ve been in a motor vehicle collision; why do I have to report to the Department of Motor Vehicles, especially if it’s not your fault?” California vehicle code requires that any motorist involved in a collision with more than $750 in property damage or any level of bodily injury must, within ten days, report the collision to the Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s not so they could put a point on your record, it’s so that they can track who does and doesn’t have proof of insurance. Failure to do so can result in your license being suspended. In fact, I’ve had several cases where the clients decided not to report it, the other side reports the collision and they receive a letter in the mail saying their license will be suspended for not reporting it. Usually, we are able to remedy the situation by reporting the collision to the department on the SR1 approved form from the DMV.

If you were in an auto accident or need assistance with reporting a collision to the DMV, I want you to pick up the phone and call me at (559) 702-5124.

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