SR22 Insurance in Washington

SR22 Insurance in Washington

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Washington

Under Washington driving laws, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC limit above the stated limit. BAC stands for blood alcohol content. The following are limits set by law:

All Drivers – BAC LIMIT = 0.08%

Minor Drivers (under age 21) – 0.02%

Commercial Drivers – BAC LIMIT = 0.04%

Driving under the influence includes alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, inhalants and other controlled substances. The first offense for drunk driving can result in jail time of 24 hours up to 1 year. The minimum fine is currently 865.50 and up to $5,000 plus your driver’s license will be suspended for a minimum of 90 days.

Impaired Driving Fact Sheet

2010 Washington DUI Laws

Washington House Bill 2466 – As defined under RCW 46.04.215 the state patrol will provide standards for the certification,   installation, repair, maintenance, monitoring, inspection, and removal of   ignition interlock devices.

Washington House Bill 2742 –  Responsibility   of Persons Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs

What if I Don’t Own a Vehicle? If you are a Washington State motorist who does not own a vehicle and wants to apply for driver’s license reinstatement after a suspension or revocation, you can purchase Washington non owner SR22 insurance. For more details about this option, see our Washington State Non Owner SR22 page.

Washington IID – Ignition Interlock Device Program

Ignition interlock devices must be installed on all vehicles operated by   anyone who has been convicted of certain alcohol-related offenses. This device detects alcohol on breath and is installed on a motor vehicle. It will prevent an alcohol-impaired person from starting the vehicle and may require random tests to be completed during a drive.

In addition to installing the IID the driver must also obtain an IIL or Ignition Interlock License. This license allows you to drive vehicles equipped with an IID while your normal license is suspended.

Requirements for IIL (Ignition Interlock License):

  • Valid driver license
  • Washington State residence address
  • No convictions of vehicular assault or vehicular homicide within 7 years before the incident you are now requesting an IIL
  • Current suspension is NOT for:
    • Minor in Possession
    • Reckless Driving reduced from alcohol related DUI
    • Vehicular Assault
    • Vehicular Homicide
    • Habitual Traffic Offender

How to apply for Washington Ignition Interlock License

For a list of IIL fees

What if I remove the IID before the end of my  requirement?

If the IID is removed early your license will be suspended and if you have a restricted license it will be canceled.

When Does Washington State Require SR22 Insurance? Some of the offenses or situations that can result in the loss of an individual’s driving privileges include:

  • Unlicensed driver
  • Operating an uninsured vehicle
  • Uninsured auto accidents
  • Failure to consent to a DUI or DWI test
  • DUI or DWI convictions
  • Child support or neglect cases
  • Too many points against a driver’s record
  • Legal judgments
  • At-fault accidents

What if I Don’t Own a Vehicle? If you are a Washington State motorist who does not own a vehicle and wants to apply for driver’s license reinstatement after a suspension or revocation, you can purchase Washington non owner SR22 insurance. For more details about this option, see our Washington State Non Owner SR22 page.

Select Insurance Group looks forward to assisting you with a Washington SR22 policy at the best possible rate. Submit your inquiry using our secure online form, or give us a call today!