Form SR1 "Report of Traffic Accident Occurring in California" - California

What Is DMV SR 1 Form?

Form SR 1, Report of Traffic Accident Occurring in California, is an application issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The document was last revised on January 1, 2017. A fillable CA DMV Accident report is available for download below.

Alternate Name:

  • CA DMV Accident Report.

The law requires individuals who got in a traffic accident in California (on a highway or street, as well as on private property) to report it to the DMV within ten days of the accident if one of the criteria below is true:

  1. Somebody got injured in the accident;
  2. The accident caused a death;
  3. If there was damage worth $ 1,000 or more because of the accident.

To report an accident that is described in one of any statements listed above an individual must use Form SR 1 regardless of who is at fault. If an individual does not report an accident that meets these criteria, they might have their driver's license suspended by the DMV. A California Traffic Accident Report must be filled out regardless of whether the applicant has made any other reports to their insurance company or a law enforcement agency, as it follows special DMV requirements and cannot be replaced.

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How To Fill Out Form SR 1?

A California Traffic Accident Report is divided into several parts. This division helps to systematize information that was given by different sides of the accident, as well as highlight important circumstances of the accident. These parts include the following:

  1. Reporting party's information. The first part of an application is supposed to be filled out by the reporting party. They must designate the time and the place of the accident, information about the driver and the vehicle, and information about their insurance. The filer must also indicate whether the accident took place on private property, or if the damages caused by the accident are worth more than $ 1,000.
  2. Other party's information. Information about the other party of the accident must be filled out in this section. The checkboxes and questions that need to be answered are the same as in the first part of the document, except for some minor differences.
  3. Information considering injury, death, and property damage. This part of the document consists of several sections. Two of the sections are for stating the individuals who were injured or deceased. Here the applicant must enter their names and addresses of the victims, and check if they were a driver, bicyclist, passenger, or pedestrian.
  4. Property damage. The filer must briefly describe the damages that took place, for example, a fence was broken or livestock was injured, and mark whether the damage is worth more than $ 1,000. Then they must state the owner of the property and their address.
  5. Insurance information. The last part of the application requires a filer to complete information about their insurance company which covers the operation of their vehicle. It also requires other types of information that an insurance company may need if the DMV sends them the form to validate the insurance information presented by a filer. It contains statements about the insurance policy number, policy period, information about the vehicle, and the driver.

After completing the form it must be sent to the DMV. The address for that location is the Department of Motor Vehicles, Financial Responsibility, Mail Station J237, PO Box 942884, Sacramento, CA 94284-0884.

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*SR1*
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
REPORT OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
®
A Public Service Agency
OCCURRING IN CALIFORNIA
Please type or print.
ACCIDENT LOCATION (CITY/COUNTY) (CALIFORNIA ONLY)
# OF VEHICLES DATE OF ACCIDENT
ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
Yes
No
TIME OF ACCIDENT
DRIVING FOR EMPLOYER
AM
Stopped
Moving
Parked
Pedestrian
Bicyclist
Other
(E.G., ROLLAWAY)
Yes
No
in Traffic
Hour
PM
DRIVER’S NAME (FIRST, MIDDLE, LAST)
DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER
STATE
DRIVER’S STREET ADDRESS
DATE OF BIRTH
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(
)
(
)
Wk
Hm
VEHICLE (YEAR AND MAKE)
VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE OR VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
STATE
DAMAGES OVER $1,000
Yes
No
VEHICLE OWNER
(PERSON OR COMPANY)
DATE OF BIRTH
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
INSURANCE COMPANY NAME (NOT AGENT OR BROKER) AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT
POLICY NUMBER
COMPANY NAIC NUMBER
POLICY PERIOD
POLICY HOLDER NAME
From:
To:
DRIVING FOR EMPLOYER
Moving
Stopped in Traffic
Parked
Pedestrian
Bicyclist
Other
(E.G., ROLLAWAY)
Yes
No
DRIVER’S NAME (FIRST, MIDDLE, LAST)
DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER
STATE
DRIVER’S STREET ADDRESS
DATE OF BIRTH
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(
)
(
)
Wk
Hm
VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE OR VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
VEHICLE (YEAR AND MAKE)
STATE
DAMAGES OVER $1,000
Yes
No
VEHICLE OWNER
(PERSON OR COMPANY)
DATE OF BIRTH
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
INSURANCE COMPANY NAME (NOT AGENT OR BROKER) AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT
POLICY NUMBER
COMPANY NAIC NUMBER
POLICY PERIOD
POLICY HOLDER NAME
From:
To:
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INDIVIDUAL INJURED OR DECEASED
Injured
Driver
Passenger
Deceased
Bicyclist
Pedestrian
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INDIVIDUAL INJURED OR DECEASED
Injured
Driver
Passenger
Deceased
Bicyclist
Pedestrian
OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGED (TELEPHONE POLES, FENCE, LIVESTOCK, ETC.)
DAMAGES OVER $1,000
Yes
No
PROPERTY OWNER’S NAME AND ADDRESS
READ IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
I certify (or declare) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.
DATE
PRINTED NAME
SIGNATURE
X
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ATTACHED
SR 1 (REV. 1/2017) WWW
Print
Clear Form
*SR1*
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
REPORT OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
®
A Public Service Agency
OCCURRING IN CALIFORNIA
Please type or print.
ACCIDENT LOCATION (CITY/COUNTY) (CALIFORNIA ONLY)
# OF VEHICLES DATE OF ACCIDENT
ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
Yes
No
TIME OF ACCIDENT
DRIVING FOR EMPLOYER
AM
Stopped
Moving
Parked
Pedestrian
Bicyclist
Other
(E.G., ROLLAWAY)
Yes
No
in Traffic
Hour
PM
DRIVER’S NAME (FIRST, MIDDLE, LAST)
DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER
STATE
DRIVER’S STREET ADDRESS
DATE OF BIRTH
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(
)
(
)
Wk
Hm
VEHICLE (YEAR AND MAKE)
VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE OR VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
STATE
DAMAGES OVER $1,000
Yes
No
VEHICLE OWNER
(PERSON OR COMPANY)
DATE OF BIRTH
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
INSURANCE COMPANY NAME (NOT AGENT OR BROKER) AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT
POLICY NUMBER
COMPANY NAIC NUMBER
POLICY PERIOD
POLICY HOLDER NAME
From:
To:
DRIVING FOR EMPLOYER
Moving
Stopped in Traffic
Parked
Pedestrian
Bicyclist
Other
(E.G., ROLLAWAY)
Yes
No
DRIVER’S NAME (FIRST, MIDDLE, LAST)
DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER
STATE
DRIVER’S STREET ADDRESS
DATE OF BIRTH
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(
)
(
)
Wk
Hm
VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE OR VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
VEHICLE (YEAR AND MAKE)
STATE
DAMAGES OVER $1,000
Yes
No
VEHICLE OWNER
(PERSON OR COMPANY)
DATE OF BIRTH
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
ZIP CODE
INSURANCE COMPANY NAME (NOT AGENT OR BROKER) AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT
POLICY NUMBER
COMPANY NAIC NUMBER
POLICY PERIOD
POLICY HOLDER NAME
From:
To:
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INDIVIDUAL INJURED OR DECEASED
Injured
Driver
Passenger
Deceased
Bicyclist
Pedestrian
NAME AND ADDRESS OF INDIVIDUAL INJURED OR DECEASED
Injured
Driver
Passenger
Deceased
Bicyclist
Pedestrian
OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGED (TELEPHONE POLES, FENCE, LIVESTOCK, ETC.)
DAMAGES OVER $1,000
Yes
No
PROPERTY OWNER’S NAME AND ADDRESS
READ IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
I certify (or declare) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct.
DATE
PRINTED NAME
SIGNATURE
X
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ATTACHED
SR 1 (REV. 1/2017) WWW
Print
Clear Form
DMV FILE NUMBER
CALIFORNIA INSURANCE INFORMATION
DO NOT DETACH
A
YOUR
The Department may send this part to the insurance company indicated. If not fully completed,
VEHICLE
it will be assumed you were not insured for the accident and your license will be suspended.
NAME OF INSURANCE COMPANY (NOT AGENT OR
BROKER) THAT ISSUED THE LIABILITY POLICY
COVERING THE OPERATION OF YOUR VEHICLE
POLICY NUMBER
POLICY PERIOD
From:
To:
DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER
I
(DRIVER OF YOUR VEHICLE)
DATE OF ACCIDENT
IN OR NEAR (CITY OR TOWN) (CALIFORNIA ONLY)
N
S
U
VEHICLE (YEAR AND MAKE)
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER STATE
R
A
DRIVER
ADDRESS
N
C
E
OWNER
ADDRESS
FULL NAME OF POLICY HOLDER
ADDRESS
SR 1A (REV. 1/2017) WWW
If the policy was not in effect, this form must be completed and returned to DMV within 20 days.
The undersigned company advises that with respect to the reported accident, the policy reported on the reverse side:
WAS NOT IN EFFECT
Was not a liability policy
Did not cover the vehicle/driver
Number is not a company policy number
Policy Number
Policy Period from
to
Signature
MAIL TO:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Title
P.O. Box 942884
Sacramento, CA 94284-0884
Date
SR 1A (REV. 1/2017) WWW
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
California law requires traffic accidents on a California street/highway or private property to be reported to the Department of
Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days if there was an injury, death or property damage in excess of $1,000. Untimely reporting
could result in DMV suspending a driver license. Accidents involving vehicles not required to be registered such as an off-road
vehicle (OHV), implement of husbandry, or snowmobile or occurring on a military base or occurring on the driver’s own property
involving only the personal property of the driver and there was no injury or death are not reportable.
The law requires the driver to file this SR 1 form with DMV regardless of fault. This report must be made in addition to any other
report filed with a law enforcement agency, insurance company, or the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as their reports do not
satisfy the filing requirement. An insurance agent, attorney, or other designated representative may file the report for the driver.
The law requires every driver and every owner of a motor vehicle to be “financially responsible” for any injury or damage resulting
from operating or owning a motor vehicle. The minimum insurance level for “financial responsibility” is public liability and property
damage coverage of $15,000 for injury or death of one person, $30,000 for injury or death of two or more persons and $5,000
property damage per accident. Comprehensive and collision insurance does not meet the legal requirement.
The California Vehicle Code (CVC) §1806 requires DMV to record accident information regardless of fault when individuals
report accidents under the Financial Responsibility Law or if law enforcement agencies or CHP investigate and make a report.
WHEN COMPLETING THIS FORM...
Please print within the spaces and boxes on this form. If you need to provide additional information on a separate piece of paper(s)
or you include a copy of any law enforcement agency report, please check the box to indicate ‘Additional Information Attached’.
If you are the passenger reporting the accident, be sure to identify yourself by using the ‘other’ box and stating ‘passenger’ in
the explanation.
Write unk (for unknown) or none in any space or box when you do not have information on the other party involved.
Give insurance information that is complete and which correctly and fully identifies the company that issued the policy.
Place the correct National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) number for your insurance company in the boxes
provided. The NAIC number should be located on your insurance ID card or you can contact your insurance agent or company
for the information.
Identify any person involved in the accident (driver, passenger, bicyclist, pedestrian, etc.) who you saw was injured or
complained of bodily injury or know to be deceased.
Record in the OTHER PROPERTY DAMAGED section any damage to telephone poles, fences, street signs, guard posts,
trees, livestock, dogs, etc., meeting the filing requirement, including amount. This may require that you contact the owner of
the property for an estimate of damages.
Once you have completed this report, please mail it to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Financial Responsibility
Mail Station J237
P.O. Box 942884
Sacramento, CA 94284-0884
DMV does not accept reports or take actions against non-reporting or uninsured motorists unless this SR 1 form is sent to DMV by
someone involved in the accident or their designee and the report is received by DMV within one calendar year of the accident date.
ADVISORY STATEMENT
The accident information on the SR 1 is required under the authority of Divisions 6 and 7 of the CVC. Failure to provide the information
will result in suspension of the driving privilege. Except as made confidential by law (e.g., medical information) or exempted under
the Public Records Act, the information is a public record, is regularly used by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies,
and is open to public inspection. CVC §16005 limits the public record for SR 1 reports to accident involvement, but does allow
persons with a proper interest (involved drivers, their employers, etc.) to receive specified information. Individuals may inspect
or obtain copies of information contained in their records during regular office hours. The Financial Responsibility Unit Manager,
2570 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818 (telephone number: 916-657-6677) is responsible for maintaining this information.
SR 1 (REV. 1/2017) WWW
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