What is an SR 22, and why do I need one if I got a DUI?

An SR 22 is a form that you must file with your DMV after you are convicted of drunk driving. You may also need to file this form if you accumulated too many traffic tickets in a short period, or for other various reasons. This SR 22 form is proof of your insurance coverage and lets your insurance company know you’re a higher risk, and that they must report your business directly to the DMV.

You must file this form with the DMV in addition to carrying an insurance card with you. If you cancel or change your insurance policy, the insurance company will inform the DMV, and then the DMV will take action against you by suspending your license. This requirement is part of DWI law.

How Long is an SR 22 Required?

How long an SR 22 must be kept on file depends on your state, but it’s usually around three years after your DWI or DUI conviction. There is a fee associated with an SR 22, not to mention higher insurance premiums.

This is why it’s important to hire a reputable DUI lawyer who understands the DUI laws of your state as soon as you get charged with a DUI. A DUI lawyer can help negotiate these details and possibly keep you out of jail.

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