Report an Auto Accident

Auto_Accident_iStock_000018938807_SmallHow do I report an auto accident?

You can report a car crash or auto accident on-line right here under certain circumstances; if the county is on “accident alert,” if it happened on private property or if a law enforcement officer has told you to file the report on-line.

If none of those conditions apply, please call 303-660-7500 to report the accident.

Accident Alert

If the county is on accident alert, you may be able to file a report on line. The county usually calls for accident alert status during bad weather, when deputies can’t quickly respond to the high number of car crashes.

During an accident alert, file a report on-line if:

  • The accident happened on a county road in unincorporated Douglas County and;
  • No one was killed or hurt and needs medical attention and;
  • No one is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and;
  • No public property was damaged (a road sign, utility pole, etc.) other than wildlife, and;
  • All vehicles and drivers involved are at the scene and you can exchange insurance information and;
  • No one needs a tow truck (except to get a vehicle unstuck or change a tire.)

If all of the above is true during an “accident alert”, complete on online accident report. 

Private Property Accident

If you’ve been in a car crash that happened on private property and;

  • No one was killed or hurt and needs medical attention and;
  • No one is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and;
  • All vehicles and drivers involved are at the scene and you can exchange insurance information.

If all of the above is true for a private property accident, complete an on-line accident report.

Other times to file an on-line report

  • A deputy or a dispatcher asked you to complete an online report because the damage to your vehicle was under $1,000.
  • A deputy or a dispatcher asked you to complete an online report because a deputy cannot respond.

If these reasons are true, complete an online accident report.

Accident Reporting FAQ’s

What information should I get from the other driver?

  • 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 and state, vehicle identification number
  • Insurance company, policy number and expiration date, agent’s name and phone number

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

  • Fill out a form on-line at www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/report-accident and then print and mail in.
  • Get a copy at the Sheriff’s Office located at 4000 Justice Way Castle Rock, and at any other law enforcement office.

Additional information you should know:

  • All forms must be completed and returned to the state within 10 days of the accident.
  • Inform your insurance company about the accident and follow their instructions.
  • Make a photocopy of the report before sending it to the state.