FR44 Insurance in Florida – What You Need to Know

Florida FR44 Insurance

If you need another reason to avoid a DUI conviction, consider the fact that a Florida driver’s license suspension for a Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) conviction will cause your auto insurance rates to increase dramatically for the next five years.

Increased Insurance Premiums with FR-44 Insurance

Your Florida auto insurance premiums could increase by 200% to 300% from the amount you paid prior to your DUI arrest. Even worse, your insurance company may cancel or fail to renew your automobile insurance coverage in Florida. If you shop for new automobile insurance after being canceled from your old insurance company, the fact that your auto insurance is canceled will cause an additional increase in insurance premiums.

For many the increase in insurance premiums is so dramatic that maintaining automobile insurance becomes difficult or impossible. Any lapse in insurance will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license under Florida law.

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Higher Policy Limits

On February 2, 2008, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (“DHSMV”) introduced the new financial responsibility certification required under Section 316.193, Florida Statutes. The certification is a form called a Florida FR-44 Form and is similar to the SR-22, which was required prior to February 2, 2008. One of the differences between the new FR-44 form and the old SR-22 form is that higher liability limits are now required.

After a DUI conviction in Florida, your license will be suspended by order of the court. In order to reinstate your Florida driver’s license, you will be required to obtain a FR-44 Form which must be maintained for three years. You obtain the FR-44 form from your auto insurance company. As soon as you ask for the FR-44, your auto insurance company will know that your driver’s license has been suspended for a Florida DUI conviction, and your status will be changed to “high risk” causing the increased premiums.

Obtaining the FR-44 Form

The Florida FR-44 Form is a certificate of continuing financial responsibility showing the limits of your automobile liability insurance that must be kept on file with the Florida DHSMV for three years from the ending date of any revocation. The Florida FR-44 form also requires the insurance company to notify the DHSMV if your insurance policy is canceled, terminated, or lapses for any reason.

You must increase your auto insurance policy to comply with Florida FR-44 liability limits, which are 100/300/50. The 100/300/50 limits means that you must have bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of $100,000 per person, $300,000 per occurrence and $50,000 property damage liability coverage. To reinstate your Florida driver’s license, you must usually pay a reinstatement fee of $150 (for a first suspension), $250 (for a second suspension), or $500 (for a third suspension).