For many people who get into a car accident, DMV reporting is the least of their concerns, and with good reason. If you have been in a collision or an accident of any kind, it is crucial you ensure anyone involved receives proper medical attention first, before taking any other action. Following the accident, Department of Motor Vehicles representatives will like to know the circumstances and the damages, as well as any details concerning a DUI, DWI or other violation. Failure to stop at the scene of an accident is a crime.
Know Your State's Regulations
All states require you present your driver's license, proof of car registration and proof of auto insurance at the scene of an accident. You must have these documents available to present to any police officers who may be present, as well as to any other individuals involved in the accident.
States differ, however, on the situations in which you must report the accident to the DMV. Begin by consulting your auto insurance company. In the case of serious accidents, an agent from the insurance company or a lawyer must fill out an accident report form for delivery to the DMV. This report must be filed within 10 days of the accident in most states.
This information holds true for most locations within the United States. However, to be entirely sure about when you need to report an accident, visit your state's DMV website, consult with an insurance agent or legal representative, or visit a DMV branch near you. Failure to properly report an accident within the regulated timeframe may result in financial or other penalties.