Traffic Accident Reporting

Accident Counter Reports may be completed if you are involved in an accident when:

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is on Accident Alert or

The accident occurs 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 known by name or the suspect vehicle can not be described to include the license plate number)

The accident occurs on a county street and involves minor damage with the apparent amount of damage to any one vehicle or other property being less than $1,000, 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, and;
  • No one insists that the police respond

The accident is a hit and run involving an unoccupied vehicle on a city street or on private property and:

  • The suspect driver is not known by name, or;
  • The suspect vehicle can not be described to include the license plate number

What information should I get from the other driver?

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

  • 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 in Castle Rock or at any law enforcement office. For your convenience you may wish to use the  Colorado State Patrol Online Accident Reporting System

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 Counter Report Form?

Complete the 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. 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 police department 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 and for insurance purposes.
  • Colorado state law requires that ALL motor vehicle accidents be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities (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 a Cold Reporting Period
  • Call your insurance agent, advise him/her 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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