Top Questions Regarding an SR22 Insurance Policy

What is an SR22?

An SR-22 is simply a car insurance company’s guarantee to the state that you are carrying the legally mandated coverage. An SR-22 by itself does not raise your insurance rates. Rather, it is the conviction that triggered the requirement– usually a DUI, driving without insurance or reckless driving — that causes your premiums to soar.

Many motorists mistakenly believe the SR-22 is an actual type of car insurance, but that’s not the case. The SR-22 is simply a form that your car insurance company files on your behalf with the state.

The form, usually filed electronically, provides the state with proof of financial responsibility by showing that you have the required insurance coverages in effect.  The state-mandated coverages may be the same as your state’s minimum liability requirements or different coverages with higher limits.   The exact auto insurance requirements differ from state to state.

You can get your SR-22 only from a car insurance company because the purpose of the form is to show that you have obtained, and will maintain, certain insurance coverage.  There is no other way to get the SR-22; you cannot get an SR-22 without buying a car insurance policy.

Why am I required to carry an SR22?

All states except Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania may require a driver to obtain a SR-22.

Some of the reasons your state may require an SR-22 certificate of financial responsibility include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Failure to carry liability insurance on your vehicle
  • Conviction for driving without insurance
  • Driving uninsured and being involved in a motor vehicle accident
  • DUI, DWI or other major alcohol offense convictions
  • Serious moving violation (such as reckless driving) convictions
  • Accumulating too many DMV points
  • Being termed a habitual traffic offender
  • Needing to apply for a hardship or probationary permit (while license is suspended)
  • Reinstating your license after a suspension or revocation