If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, California or anywhere else in the Sunshine State, you’ll be required to obtain an SR-22 form. What is this document? It’s a document that you obtain from your insurance company verifying that you have purchased auto liability insurance coverage.
Some people call it SR-22 insurance, but that’s a misnomer; it is not an insurance policy. Instead, it’s merely “proof of insurance.” The SR actually means “safety responsibility,” and SR-22 is simply a certificate filed with the state by your auto insurance company, stating that you have purchased the required liability insurance coverage.
Most states, including California, require drivers with DUI convictions to purchase the required liability insurance coverage and have their insurance company prove it by filing an SR-22 certificate. Since auto insurance can be very expensive after a DUI conviction, the SR-22 requirement ensures that DUI defendants obtain insurance, regardless if it’s too expensive.
When is SR-22 Legally Required?
We want you to know that an SR-22 certificate goes by different names. Sometimes it’s called SR-22 insurance, SR-22 bond, an SR-22 form, or an SR-22 certificate of financial responsibility. These terms are interchangeable; however, they refer to the same thing. In California, drivers convicted of DUI are required to obtain an SR-22 certificate, but others may be required as well. Other drivers may be required to acquire an SR-22 certificate under the following circumstances:
- After a driver’s license suspension.
- After a driver’s license revocation.
- After being liable for an accident while uninsured.
- After driving without a valid license.
- After too many moving violations within a certain time period.
Hopefully, the above information helps clear up SR-22s and what they’re used for. If you need an Orange County DUI defense attorney, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry today!