SR-22 Insurance

An SR-22 certificate of financial responsibility is often referred to as insurance but does not actually provide any coverage itself. Drivers facing DUI or reckless driving charges are often required to carry SR-22 insurance forms to prove they are adequately insured after their conviction. An SR-22 insurance requirement will raise your rates, so start shopping for lower high-risk car insurance premiums with our free quote comparison tool below.

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Natasha McLachlan is a writer who currently lives in Southern California. She is an alumna of California College of the Arts, where she obtained her B.A. in Writing and Literature. Her current work revolves around insurance guides and informational articles. She truly enjoys helping others learn more about everyday, practical matters through her work.

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Laura Walker graduated college with a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. She married her husband and began working in the family insurance business in 2005. She became a licensed agent and wrote P&C business focusing on personal lines insurance for 10 years. Laura serviced existing business and wrote new business. She now uses her insurance background to help educate...

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UPDATED: Nov 12, 2020

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An SR-22 certificate of financial responsibility is generally referred to as insurance, but it is actually a special document that is purchased from insurance companies and does not provide any insurance coverage at all.

The SR-22 insurance form is a consequence of a serious traffic offense, such as a DUI or reckless driving charge. It can also be sentenced against you if you are convicted of driving without proof of insurance. If you have been instructed to purchases an SR-22, you have to keep it for the duration of the sentence, in addition to your regular car insurance.

You can be required to have SR-22 insuarnce coverage even if you do not currently own a car. This usually happens in situations where multiple convictions for the same charge have already been leveled and there is no confidence in your ability to refrain from driving a vehicle.

In this case, the judge or DMV can order you to carry SR-22 coverage to make sure that you will have the required insurance even if you are driving illegally.

When you have been ordered to carry an SR-22, it is purchased through the insurance company, and the company notifies the DMV that the certificate has been issued. If you allow the SR-22 to lapse, the insurance is required by law to report it to the DMV and your license will usually be suspended or revoked.

Remember, you will still need to carry at least the required state minimum insurance in addition to the SR-22. The SR-22 insurance form simply stats that you are in compliance with the law; it does not eliminate the need to buy the coverage required.

The bottom line is that being required to carry an SR-22 will not do anything except keep you in compliance with the law, and even that requires you to have any other car insurance coverage necessary in your state.

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