When someone is convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California, they will have to meet a number of requirements. They will have to pay a fine. They’ll most likely go on probation, complete a DUI program, they’ll possibly have to perform community service, and they’ll have to abide by the state’s SR-22 requirement. But what is SR-22?
An SR-22 is a form provided by your auto insurance carrier. It verifies that you’re meeting California’s requirement and carrying auto liability insurance. Once your auto insurance company issues the SR-22 certificate, it forwards a copy of the certificate to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
If your driver’s license is suspended or revoked for DUI, you are required to obtain an SR-22 certificate to reinstate your driver’s license. While SR-22s are commonly associated with DUI convictions, they are issued for other reasons, such as being involved in an accident without auto insurance, or having your license suspended or revoked because you had too many points on your driving record within a certain period of time.
SR-22 Requirements After a DUI
If the DMV requires you to obtain an SR-22 for DUI or for any other reason, you will be required to maintain it for three years. Furthermore, the DMV will require you to maintain a California SR-22 on all vehicles you drive regularly and all automobiles registered in your name. For example, if you routinely drive your spouse’s vehicle, your policy must cover your spouse’s car as well.
“What if I don’t drive after my DUI conviction?” If you are convicted of DUI and you stop driving, you will not be required to file the SR-22. However, if you do plan on driving but you do not own a car, you would have to apply for what’s called a non-owner’s SR-22 liability policy, which will cover you whenever you’re given permission to drive someone else’s vehicle. You cannot legally drive without one.
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