Effective January 1, 2017, the criteria for self-reporting motor vehicle
collisions to DMV will change. After that date, you must report motor
vehicle collisions to DMV if:
There was property damage of more than $1,000 (up from $750 previously)
Anyone was injured (no matter how minor)
- Anyone was killed.
Each involved driver must make a report to DMV within 10 days, whether
you caused the accident or not and even if the accident occurred on private
property. The purpose of the report is to ensure that all drivers had
liability insurance in place at the time of the collision to comply with
California's Financial Responsibility law.
A police report does NOT satisfy this requirement. DMV may suspend your
driver's license if you fail to make the required report.
You can obtain the SR-1 form here: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/forms/formsaccident