Can the CA DMV Shorten the SR22 Requirement?

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 DMV hearing
  • 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 If neither occurs, then it will remain on the DMV’s record until it’s no longer applicable.

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