What is SR22 Insurance?
Most folks may never know the term SR-22 until they tangle with the legal system. An SR-22 certification is a form that is filed with the state, not a type of insurance. If your license was suspended due to an accident or multiple infractions, your insurance company must file an FR44 or SR22 certificate with the DMV to reinstate your license. In Florida, an SR22 verifies that you will have minimum liability insurance with 10/20/10 limits for the next three years. An SR-22 certificate of financial responsibility verifies that the named individual is carrying at least the state-mandated amount of car insurance. The insurance company is guaranteeing to the state that you’re maintaining coverage and are financially responsible for any accidents, and it will let the state know if you do not.
If your license was suspended because of a DUI, you need an FR44. To reinstate your license after a DUI, your insurance company must file an FR44 certificate with the DMV. An FR44 verifies that you will have minimum liability insurance with 100/300/50 limits for the next three years. More information on an FR44 in a later blog post.
SR-22’s and FR-44’s tend to be used interchangeably in Florida, and that has led to a lot of confusion about SR-22 requirements and your insurance options. Drivers eager to get back on the road need to understand exactly what an SR-22 certificate is and how it affects their choices. Buyers also need expect that the rates may be higher than they are used to, so we will discuss how to get a Cheap SR-22 Insurance policy.
If you need an SR-22, you will probably pay more for car insurance than you otherwise would. But not all companies penalize you equally, so its best to compare auto insurance quotes to get the best possible price or check out non-owner car insurance if you don’t own a car. Here at Star Nsurance, we specialize in these types of situations. Call us today 813-563-5577.
Remember, you will not pay a penalty forever. Keep your record clean and stay insured and you could be paying standard rates again in just a few years. But in the meantime, some more valuable information:
Where do you get an SR-22?
The only way to obtain an SR-22 form is from a car insurance company after you purchase a car insurance policy. You cannot obtain an SR-22 any other way.
If you have an existing auto policy, you may be able to have the SR-22 added on and filed with the state. If your insurance company doesn’t file the form, or you’re uninsured, you’ll have to shop for a new policy. Learn how to buy SR-22 insurance first so there are no surprises and can make sure that you get the cheapest possible SR-22 Insurance policy.
Non-Owner SR22 insurance
Getting non-owner car insurance with a SR-22 can save you money. This is the cheapest option if you must have an SR-22. If you need a SR-22 and your current insurer doesn’t offer it, then sometimes you can buy a SR-22 non-owner policy with a second company. Your original policy would be your primary and your SR-22 policy would allow you to get your required SR-22 filed with the state — but without switching your primary insurer. Your non-owner policy would not cover any vehicles since it would come with an exclusion for any owned autos and autos regularly used and thus is not duplicate coverage. The SR-22 car insurance provider would require you to buy the same limits of liability that are on your primary policy.
If you have a primary insurance provider that you don’t want to lose due to your need for an SR-22, because you have bundled coverage or other reasons, buying a separate non-owner policy to comply with the SR-22 requirement can be a smart move.
Why is an SR-22 required?
Many associate the need for an SR-22 with drivers who have a DUI on their record. If this is the case for you, read about DUI insurance. In reality, the SR-22 can be required for a variety of reasons, depending on where you live.
Common circumstances that result in an SR-22 requirement include the following:
- Serious moving violation conviction, such as reckless or negligent driving
- Several traffic offenses in a short time period
- Driving without insurance conviction
- Being involved in an accident while driving without insurance
- Being caught by the state not carrying car insurance on your registered vehicle
- A requirement for you to obtain a hardship or probationary license
- A requirement to reinstate your driver’s license after a suspension or revocation
Meeting the SR-22 requirement can help you get your license and/or registration reinstated and thus get you back on the road. You’ll know it’s required when you’re informed by the court or state. The notification should inform you why an SR-22 is required, the insurance requirements and how long the SR-22 form must stay on file with the state.
How much does an SR-22 cost?
The price of an SR-22 policy will vary, and its based on which Car Insurance carrier you choose. However, the violation that resulted in an SR-22 requirement will affect your auto insurance premium. In short, it’s your infraction — not the SR-22 — that will hike up your rates. Your rate will jump by an average of 89 percent for an SR-22 filing with one DUI, or about $1,300 more, a year, according to a rate analysis by Insurance.com. See below chart showing how the rates in Florida compare to other states.
If the violation is serious, which most on the SR-22 list are, you can expect your car insurance rates to go up drastically. That doesn’t mean you can’t shop around – in fact, the rates for drivers like you can vary by thousands of dollars – but you will need to compare car insurance quotes from companies that offer SR-22 filings. The cost of SR-22 insurance can be more expensive if you don’t shop around. The best option is to call an experienced agent to make sure you are getting the best rate. Star Nsurance writes hundreds of these policies per year, so you know we will find you the cheapest price. Call us today 813-563-5577
With either an SR-22 or FR-44, the car insurance company will make sure you buy the appropriate amount of coverage to comply with your mandated insurance requirements. If these are higher than the limits you usually carry, then expect to pay more.Also, be aware that your state, or insurer, may require you to pay in full when your car insurance policy includes an SR-22 or FR-44 filing.
The good news in all of this is that the SR-22 requirement doesn’t last forever, in Florida it is only three years. When the clock starts on your time period also varies by state; it may begin with the offense date, conviction date, suspension date or the date when you reinstated your license.Make certain you know how long the SR-22 is required because if you cancel your car insurance policy before that time is up, the insurer will inform the state and you’ll be punished. Your license and/or registration may be suspended or revoked and the clock could start again on how long the SR-22 must be maintained.
Another bit of good news is the offense that resulted in the SR-22 being required, and that raised your rates, won’t haunt you forever. When the violation falls off your driving record, your car insurance rates will go down as well.
What if you move or are required to carry the SR-22 in another state?
Not every state uses an SR-22 certificate of financial responsibility. The SR-22 filing is not used in:
Of the states that do not use an SR-22, each has its own version of the form and insurance requirements.
If you have an SR-22 in one state and move to another state, normally you’ll still be required to meet the requirements of the SR-22 state where the offense was committed. That means you’ll need to look for an out-of-state SR-22 filing from a nationwide auto insurance carrier.
If you live in a state that doesn’t use SR-22 filings but are mandated to carry an SR-22 in another state, normally you’ll be unable to obtain an SR-22. In this situation, you’d need to work with the requesting state to get permission to provide, in lieu of an SR-22, certified documentation showing that your car insurance policy meets or exceeds the limits you’re being required to carry.
How to buy an SR-22 insurance policy?
Not all companies will file an SR-22 certificate. And many companies may not want to insure a driver with a major infraction on his or her record. You need to compare car insurance quotes and select a car insurance company.
Once you select a company, they will file the SR-22 certificate on your behalf.
If you don’t own a car or have access to one, we can sell you non-owner car insurance that will satisfy SR-22 requirements. Call Star Nsurance to compare quotes at 813-563-5577 and let a licensed agent provide you quotes from all of our carriers, to make sure you are getting the cheapest SR-22 Insurance policy.
You can get proof of insurance almost immediately by e-mail, and the car insurance company you choose will file an SR-22 or other required state filing on your behalf if you need it. Call us today!