Filing a Damage Claim Against Caltrans

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Damage Claims

If you feel that you have lost money or property as a result of any action or inaction by Caltrans and your claim is for $10,000 or less, you can file your claim directly with Caltrans. No fee is required for claims against Caltrans which are $10,000 and under.

If your claim is for over $10,000, you must file a claim with the Government Claims Program. This program gives you the opportunity to formally demand compensation for your loss, and may lead to a settlement of your claim without the need to file a lawsuit. For more information about the Government Claims Program or to request a claim form, write to:

Government Claims Program
Office of Risk and Insurance Management
Department of General Services
P.O. Box 989052, MS 414
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9052

You may also contact the Government Claims Program toll-free at 1-800-955-0045 or by e-mail at gcinfo@dgs.ca.gov. The Government Claims Program website is at http://www.dgs.ca.gov/orim/Programs/GovernmentClaims.aspx.

To present a claim for $10,000 or less, please fill out Form LD0274, Claim against Department of Transportation for Amounts $10,000.00 and Less and present it to the appropriate District Claims Office. To determine the proper place to file your form, you must know the county in which your incident occurred.  Each county is covered by a specific District Claims Office.  The accompanying map shows which District Claims Office covers which county.  Clicking on the map will provide you with the address and telephone number of the corresponding District Claims Office.

View frequently asked questions about filing claims for $10,000 or under.  Specific questions not covered can be directed to the District Claims Office for the county in which your damage occurred.

District Claims Office Addresses and Phone Numbers

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Contact Information

General Information:

General Information Line: (916) 654-2852

Media Inquiries:
Find your local Caltrans media contact on our
Public Information Officers page
or call our
Media Line: (916) 657-5060.

You can also call
1-800-427-7623
for current highway conditions or find more information about roads, traffic and travel on
Caltrans' Travel page.

Physical Address:

California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:

California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
MS 49
Sacramento, CA 95814

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