How do I file a claim for damages to my vehicle?
Highway defect claims (including potholes) should only be submitted to MDOT if damage occurred on a state trunkline (M, I or US route), not local or county roads. If you have questions about road jurisdiction, contact your local MDOT region office or county road commission.
To file a claim with the appropriate region office, follow the procedure below:
- Download Form 3600
- Print and completely fill out the form
- Sign and notarize the form
Note: Incomplete and unnotarized forms will be returned
- Attach supporting documentation
- Keep a copy for your records
- Return form and documentation to the MDOT region office located in the county where the incident occurred
Claims under $1,000
Upon receipt of your damage claim under $1,000, MDOT will investigate the incident. Investigations typically take at least 90 days. Please be advised that the majority of defect claims are denied under governmental immunity laws.
Claims of $1,000 or more
If your alleged damage claim is $1,000 or more, you can recover only by filing a lawsuit against MDOT. You should consult a private attorney if you want to pursue this option.