Submit Damage Claim

Claims for $10,000 or less 

If your claim is for death or personal injury, or for injury to personal property or growing crops, which you believe was caused by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the amount of your claim is $10,000 or less, you may file your claim directly with Caltrans. No filing fee is required for claims filed with Caltrans seeking $10,000 or less from Caltrans.

To present a claim for $10,000 or less, for death or personal injury, or for injury to personal property or growing crops, please fill out form LD-0274, Claim Against Department of Transportation for Amounts $10,000 or Less (PDF) to file a claim against Caltrans. File the claim by sending the completed and signed original form with your supporting documents to the appropriate Caltrans 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 map below 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.

NOTE: If your claim is related to the provision of goods and/or services to Caltrans, with or without a contract, and seeks $10,000 or less, visit the claims website for the Division of Procurements and Contracts here. For these types of claims, you would use form ADM-3016 Equity Claims of $10,000 or Less (Other Than Employee Claims) to file a claim against Caltrans.

District Claims Office Addresses and Phone Numbers

District-1 - Eureka

P.O. Box 3700, Eureka 95502

District-2 - Redding

1657 Riverside Dr.
Redding, CA 96001

District-3 - Marysville / Sacramento

703 B Street
Marysville, Ca 95901

District-4 - Bay Area / Oakland

P.O. Box 23660
Oakland, CA 94623-0660

District-5 - San Luis Obispo / Santa Barbara

50 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

District-6 - Fresno / Bakersfield

P.O. Box 12616
Fresno, CA 93778

District-7 - Los Angeles

100 South Main St., 13th floor, MS 19
Los Angeles, CA 90012

District-8 - San Bernadino / Riverside

464 W. 4th Street  MS 1244
San Bernardino, CA 92401

District-9 - Bishop

500 So. Main Street
Bishop, CA 93514

District-10 - Stockton

P.O. Box 2048
Stockton, CA 95201

District-11 - San Diego

Legal Division
4050 Taylor Street, MS -130 
San Diego, CA 92110

District-12 - Irvine / Orange County

District Claims and Legal Office
1750 E. 4th Street, Ste 100
Santa Ana, CA 92705 
General Information: 657-328-6000
Claims Hotline: 657-328-6400

Claims for over $10,000

If your claim is for over $10,000 or concerns a different department or agency of the State of California, 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 for Claims over $10,000

 Mailing Address:

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

General Information:

Phone (toll-free): 1-800-955-0045