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Damage Claim

Be advised that the majority of damage claims are denied under governmental immunity laws, MCL 691.1402 and MCL 691.1403

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.

All damage claim forms must be submitted to the region office where damages 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. 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.

Damage Claims Procedure

  • Download Form 3600.
  • Print and completely fill out the form.
  • Sign and notarize the form.
    • Notarization is not required to submit a claim, but you are encouraged to do so since claims recommended for payment after the review process must be notarized.
  • 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.
  • If damage occurred within an MDOT work zone, fill out Form 1119D.
MDOT RPI Region Map

Mail to:
Damage Claims
Bay Region Office
5859 Sherman Road
Saginaw, MI 48604

Questions?
989-754-7443

Counties:
Arenac
Bay
Clare
Genesee
Gladwin
Gratiot
Huron
Isabella
Lapeer
Midland 
Saginaw
Sanilac
Shiawassee
St. Clair
Tuscola

Mail to:
Damage Claims
Grand Region Office
1420 Front Ave., NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 

Questions?
616-451-3091  

Counties:
Allegan
Barry
Ionia
Kent
Lake
Mason
Mecosta
Montcalm
Muskegon
Newaygo
Oceana
Osceola
Ottawa

Mail to:
Damage Claims
Metro Region Office
18101 W. Nine Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Questions?
248-483-5100

Counties:

Macomb
Oakland
Wayne

Mail to:
Damage Claims
North Region Office
1088 M-32 East
Gaylord, MI 49735   

Questions?
989-731-5090 
Counties:
Alcona
Alpena
Antrim
Benzie
Charlevoix
Cheboygan
Crawford
Emmet
Grand Traverse
Iosco
Kalkaska
Leelanau
Manistee
Missaukee
Montmorency
Ogemaw
Oscoda
Otsego
Presque Isle
Roscommon
Wexford 
Mail to:
Damage Claims
Southwest Region Office
1501 Kilgore Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49001 

Questions?
269-337-3900   
Counties:
Berrien
Branch
Calhoun
Cass
Kalamazoo
St. Joseph
Van Buren
Mail to:
Damage Claims
Superior Region Office
1818 Third Ave. North
Escanaba, MI 49829   

Questions?
906-786-1800 
Counties:
Alger
Baraga
Chippewa
Delta
Dickinson
Gogebic
Houghton
Iron
Keweenaw
Luce
Mackinac
Marquette
Menominee
Ontonagon
Schoolcraft
Mail to:
Damage Claims
University Region Office
4701 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201 

Questions?
517-750-0401
Counties:
Clinton
Eaton
Hillsdale
Ingham
Jackson
Lenawee
Livingston
Monroe
Washtenaw