DD Form 518 Accident - Identification Card

What Is DD Form 518?

DD Form 518, Accident - Identification Card is a form filed by U.S. Army servicemembers involved in any sort of traffic accidents while driving government-owned vehicles. The servicemember must fill out a DD 518 in order to provide the other party involved in the mishap with their personal identifying information.

The latest version of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DA Form 518 - was released by the Department of Defense in October 1978. An up-to-date fillable DD Form 518 is available for download and digital filing below or can be found through the Executive Services Directorate website.

A copy of the Accident Identification Card is placed in each vehicle for the purposes provided above. When an Army vehicle is involved in a mishap, the driver provides the injured party with a properly filed form. All soldiers operating government-owned vehicles are responsible for reporting all accidents to military and local Law Enforcement, their immediate supervisor, and Vehicle Control Officer (VCO) for further investigation.

In cases of on-base vehicle accidents servicemembers should stick to the following procedure:

  1. Call the Security Forces (Law Enforcement Desk, 882-2502/2503).
  2. Call 919 SOW Safety.
  3. Call the supervisor.
  4. Call the Vehicle Control Officer (883-6106).
  5. Complete the SF Form 91, a copy which must be located inside the government vehicle.
  6. Complete the DD Form 518 (if another vehicle is involved).

In case of OFF base government vehicle accident a person should stick to the following procedure:

  1. Call the Local Police/Ambulance (911), Ambulance call is necessary only in case it is required by injury.
  2. Call 919 SOW Safety (883-6723/6724).
  3. Call the supervisor.
  4. Call the Vehicle Control Officer (883-6106).
  5. Complete the SF 91, which is located in the government vehicle.
  6. Complete the DD Form 518 (if another vehicle is involved) and give to that person.

Individuals serving in the Air Force will also turn in the AF Form 2293, United States (U.S.) Air Force Motor Vehicle Operator Identification Card to the wing VCO.

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ACCIDENT - IDENTIFICATION CARD
(THIS FORM IS SUBJECT TO THE
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 - SEE REVERSE)
Any correspondence regarding accident
AUTHORITY: Sec 638a, Title 31, USC and EO
should be addressed to:
9397.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE:
To provide persons
involved in an accident with a DoD owned/leased
vehicle the identity of the person with the
MAKE REFERENCE TO
authority to act on the matter.
DATE OF ACCIDENT
ROUTINE USES: Placed in each vehicle for
purpose stated above. When a DoD vehicle is
MAKE AND TYPE OF VEHICLE
involved in an accident, the driver provides the
other party(s) with a properly executed DD Form
518. The SSN is requested because of similarity of
REGISTRATION NO.
names, to further identify the driver of the DoD
vehicle.
DRIVER (Last name - first name - middle initial)
DISCLOSURE IS VOLUNTARY: No disciplin-
ary action is taken in cases where the SSN is not
provided.
SSN
GRADE
ORGANIZATION
DD Form 518, OCT 78
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DD Form 518 Instructions

A servicemember involved in a car accident has to fill out the DD Form 518 at the scene of the mishap and give a copy to the drivers of all other vehicles involved.

If the crash involved a parked car with the owner of the vehicle absent from the scene, the DD Form 518 should be placed in or on the parked vehicle. The police should be notified  immediately. The servicemember must remain by the other car until either the police or the owner of the car arrive at the scene of the accident.

When an Army-owned vehicle is involved in an accident or a car crash, Unit Commanders must decide whether the servicemember or the unit will provide the funds for the repairs. Normally, the unit provides funding unless the individual has been proven to be guilty of causing the mishap.

The commander will make the decision if the servicemember needs to have their Government Motor Vehicle License revoked. These licenses can only be reinstated after remedial training with a certified vehicle trainer.

How To Fill Out the DD Form 518?

  1. Block 1 is for providing a personal address for any correspondence regarding the accident.
  2. The date of the accident must be entered in Block 2.
  3. The make and type of vehicle should be specified in Block 3.
  4. The next item - Block 4 - is for the Registration Number of the car.
  5. The driver’s name - their first, last and middle initials - must be provided in Block 5 (DRIVER).
  6. Block 6 is for specifying the SSN and the Grade of the soldier.
  7. Block 7 is for specifying the soldier’s organization.

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