Who files the collision report?
- If a law enforcement officer investigates the collision
You don’t need to complete a collision report. The investigating officer will file one.
- If no law enforcement officer investigates the collision
Each driver involved in the collision must submit a report within 4 days of the collision. You can get collision report forms from your local police Department, county sheriff’s office, or Washington State Patrol detachment.
How to get a copy of a collision report
If you were involved in a collision and would like a copy of the collision report you or a law enforcement officer completed, you may request a copy from the Washington State Patrol.
Collision information included on a driving record
We add the following information to the driving record of all drivers involved in collisions where there was bodily injury or at least $1,000 in property damage to any one person’s property:
- The collision date.
- The number of vehicles involved.
- Whether the vehicles were moving or not.
- Whether the collision resulted in any injury or fatality.
- Accident report number.
This information only indicates the person was involved in a collision, not who caused it.
How to report uncompensated damages from a collision with an uninsured driver
If an uninsured driver fails to pay collision damages, you may report it to us by completing a Motor Vehicle Collision Claim for Damages within 180 days of the collision
- To qualify, the collision must have resulted in at least $1,000 in property damages or an injury.
- If the uninsured driver fails to pay, we could suspend their driver license.