Suppose you were arrested and later convicted of driving under the influence
(DUI). Once your driver’s license is suspended or revoked for DUI,
you will be required to maintain what is called an SR22 for three (3)
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.
So, if you are convicted of DUI, you would have to obtain an SR22 certificate
from your auto insurance company. This means, they WILL find out about
the DUI sooner than later. You cannot obtain an SR22 from any other source.
If you are arrested for DUI, your license can be
suspended for one of these reasons:
- You lose your DMV hearing
You fail to request a
- You are 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. That said, the question is, is there any way to get the DMV to pardon
the SR22 requirement early? Read on for the answer.
Can the DMV Help Me?
Unfortunately, there is no way to get the DMV to shorten or pardon the
SR22 requirement. Even if your contact at the Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV) wants to show you compassion, he or she doesn’t have the authority
to 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until it’s no longer applicable.
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