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Boating Accident Report Forms

Accident Report Forms

Boating Accident Report (BAR) Form
Boat Operator Use

BAR

Vessel Accident Report (VAR) Form
Law Enforcement Use

VAR-DPR128
VAR-DPR128A
VAR-2-DPR128B


When and How to Report a Boating Accident

WHEN?

According to state law, a boat owner/operator must report their boat accident to California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) if the accident results in death, disappearance or injury to a person requiring medical attention beyond first aid, damage to a vessel or other property exceeding $500 or complete loss of a vessel, regardless of value. Boat accidents must be reported within specific time periods.

Reports must be submitted to DBW within 48 hours of an accident that involves:

  • Death occurring within 24 hours of the accident
  • Disappearance of a person
  • Injury beyond first aid

Reports must be submitted to DBW within 10 days of an accident that involves:

  • A person who dies more than 24 hours after an accident occurs
  • Property damage exceeding $500, or there is a complete loss of a vessel

HOW?

The operator, owner, or, if neither are able, another party involved in an accident that fits one of the above criteria should complete a boating accident report (Form BAR-1)

Reports should be signed and mailed, or faxed to:

California Division of Boating and Waterways
Attn:  Boating Accident Unit
One Capitol Mall, Suite 410
Sacramento, CA  95814
Fax: (916) 327-1772

When submitting reports by mail, keep a copy for your records.


PURPOSE

DBW collects and analyzes boating accident reports to develop safety strategies and make recommendations in the interest of reducing boating accidents, injuries and fatalities on California’s waterways.

Information contained in the reports is confidential and may not be used in prosecuting any violations which may have occurred, nor in civil litigation of any kind.

Each year, DBW releases a comprehensive study of boating accidents in California, which provides information on accidents, fatalities, and injuries. This report, California Boating Accident Report, includes special topics such as personal watercraft, youth operators, and fatal alcohol-related accidents.