Once your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked for
DUI, you will be required to maintain what is called an SR22 for three years.
What is SR22 exactly? It’s a certificate of insurance filed by your
auto insurance company with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The SR22 confirms that you are meeting California’s minimum requirements
for auto insurance liability coverage. If you were arrested for driving
under the influence (DUI), your license can be
suspended for one of the following reasons:
- You lost at your DMV DUI hearing
You didn’t request a
- You were convicted of DUI in court
Under California law, SR22 is required if you want to reinstate your driving
privilege. It is the accepted “proof” of liability insurance
for DMV actions that require proof of financial responsibility.
The DMV may require that a driver file an SR22 in the following circumstances:
- To reinstate driving privilege after a suspension for DUI or wet reckless,
- Being involved in a car accident when uninsured, or
- Reinstating driving privileges after the DMV declared the driver a negligent
operator (someone with too many points within a certain timeframe).
Any of the above situations require that the driver maintains an SR22 on
file with the DMV for a period of three years.
Is there any way to get the DMV to pardon the SR22 requirement early?
DMV Won’t Bend the Rules
Unfortunately, there is no way to get the DMV to shorten or pardon the
SR22 requirement. Even if your contact at the DMV wants to show you compassion,
they can’t do it. The SR22 requirement is a mandatory law and the
DMV won’t bend the rules.
You must maintain your SR22 status for at least three years after a DUI-related
license suspension. You will not need to refile each year unless your
insurance company cancels you after issuing your SR22, or you cancel the policy.
If neither occurs, then it will remain on the DMV’s record until
it’s no longer applicable.
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