Online Accident Reporting

You may complete an Online Auto Accident Report for the following reasons:

Accident Alert

There are times when it will be necessary for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to go into Accident Alert status, usually because of a high rate of auto accidents occurring at the same time, typically caused by inclement weather. When this happens, it may not be possible for deputy sheriff’s to respond to all minor traffic occurrences. When on Accident Alert status, the Sheriff’s Office requests you file a counter report if your traffic accident fits the following criteria:

Please file an Online Auto Accident Report when the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is on Accident Alert, as long as the following factors occur:

  • The accident occurred on a County Road in unincorporated Douglas County, and;
  • No fatality or injury requiring medical attention was sustained by any person (s) involved in the accident, and;
  • No driver involved in the accident is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and;
  • The accident does not involve damage to any public property (a road sign, utility pole, etc.) other than wildlife, and;
  • All vehicles and drivers involved are present at the scene and the driver, vehicle and insurance information is available to be exchanged, and;
  • No tow truck is required (except to get a vehicle unstuck or change a tire).

If these factors exist, please click here to complete your Online Accident report:
https://crash.state.co.us

Private Property Accident

You have been in an auto accident that occurred on private property, and:

  • No fatality or injury requiring medical attention was sustained by any person (s) involved in the accident, and;
  • No driver involved in the accident is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and;
  • All vehicles and drivers involved are present at the scene and the driver, vehicle and insurance information is available to be exchanged (a hit and run accident involving an unoccupied parked vehicle shall be counter reported if the suspect driver is not know by name or the suspect vehicle can not be described to include the license plate number).

If these factors exist, please click here to complete you Online Accident report: 
https://crash.state.co.us

Other Times to File an Online Accident Report:

  • You have been requested by a law enforcement official (Deputy Sheriff or Law Enforcement Dispatcher) to complete an Online Crash Report because the damage to your vehicle was under $1000.00 in damage
  • You were requested by a law enforcement official (Deputy Sheriff or Law Enforcement Dispatcher) to complete an Online Accident Report because an officer cannot respond to your accident scene.

If these factors exist, please click here to complete you Online Accident report:
https://crash.state.co.us

You should NOT use this Online Accident Report or Complete an Accident Form for the following reasons:

  • A fatality or injury requiring medical attention was sustained by any person (s) involved in the accident, and/or;
  • The accident is an alleged hit and run or it is an alleged hit and run, and there is information on the other driver involved in the accident, and/or;
  • The accident involves damage to any public property other than wildlife, and/or;
  • One of the drivers involved in the accident are suspected of:
      • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and/or;
      • Have no proof of insurance, and/or;
      • Have no driver’s license.

If any of the above listed conditions apply to the accident you were involved in, please call 303.660.7500 and report the accident to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Accident Reporting FAQ’s

What information should I get from the other driver?

If you are able to counter report your accident, please obtain the following information from the other driver:

  • Name.
  • Address.
  • Telephone number.
  • Date of birth.
  • Driver’s license number and state.
  • Name, address, phone number of vehicle owner (if different from driver).
  • Vehicle year, make, model, color, license plate number & state, vehicle identification number.
  • Insurance company, policy number & expiration date, agent’s name & phone number.

Where can I get a copy of the State of Colorado Traffic Accident Report form?

You may pick up a copy of the State of Colorado Traffic Accident Report from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 4000 Justice Way Castle Rock, or at any other law enforcement office in the State of Colorado. You can also download a PDF copy of the accident form from at https://crash.state.co.us, to print and mail in. For your convenience you may wish to electronically complete the accident form and use the Colorado State Patrol’s Online Accident Reporting System at https://crash.state.co.us.

What information do I need to put on the Accident Report?

  • Date, time & location of the accident.
  • Your driver’s license, registration & insurance information on the left side.
  • Other driver’s license, registration & insurance information on the right side.
  • A description of what happened to include your direction of travel, other driver’s direction of travel, whether the accident happened in an intersection or mid-block & location of damage on the vehicles. Example: I was going north on Nevada in the right lane through the intersection of Colorado. The other car came from my right on Colorado and hit the right front door of my car with its front end.
  • Name, address & phone number of any passengers in your car.
  • Name, address & phone number of any witnesses.

What do I do with the completed Auto Accident Form?

  • Complete the accident online at https://crash.state.co.us which will automatically submit your report, or
  • Complete the printed form and mail it to:

State of Colorado
Motor Vehicle Division Traffic Records
Denver, CO 80261-0016

  • The Colorado State Patrol cannot accept this form at one of their offices. You must mail it directly to the State Motor Vehicle Division or use the on-line reporting system and it will be automatically submitted to the State of Colorado.

Will enforcement action be taken at a later date against either driver in a cold accident report situation?

  • No, the Sheriff’s Office will not take enforcement action against either driver for “causing the accident. “  At this point, the report is prepared to satisfy a State of Colorado requirement that the accident be reported immediately and for insurance purposes.
  • Colorado State Law requires that ALL motor vehicle accidents be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities immediately (42-4-1606, CRS). A traffic accident is defined as unintentional damage or injury caused by the movement of a vehicle or its load. Completion of a counter report fulfills this reporting obligation.

Additional information you should know:

  • All forms must be completed and returned to the State of Colorado within 10 days of your traffic accident which occurred during an Accident Alert Reporting Period.
  • Call your insurance agent, advise them of the accident and follow their instructions.
  • It is advisable to make a photocopy of the report before sending it to the State.

For more information please contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303.660.7505 should you have additional questions.

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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