Car insurance with SR22 or FR44 filing is required in most states for DWI or DUI drivers. This type of car insurance policy is tailored to meet coverage and other requirements specific to each state. SR22 and FR44 are the names of the forms used to document and submit (file) proof of insurance compliance. This is often the last step before convicted drivers regain their license. The process is similar everywhere with some distinct differences in a few states.
Each state legislature determines requirements, and their respective Department of Motor Vehicles administers the process. In 2007 and 2008 Florida and Virginia began to separate DUI convictions by using Form FR44 exclusively for them, while maintaining the SR22 form for all other high risk drivers. The FR44 compliant policy includes $ 300,000 of liability limits in Florida while its SR22 requires $ 30,000. In Virginia it is $ 100,000 for the FR44 and $ 50,000 for the SR22. Texas increased its liability requirement for their DWI drivers in 2011. Since 1980 Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) has brought this issue to the forefront and states have responded by continuously doing more to deter drinking and driving.
Another trend toward deterrence has emerged due to the sluggish economy because of vigorous enforcement. Local municipalities and states with diminishing revenues are aggressively seeking out drivers to collect fines and fees. Additional administrative and underwriting (insuring) requirements, to enhance deterrence, will likely continue by most states. Current notable differences between some major states include California and Florida having a 3 year compliance period and Texas 2. New York, North Carolina, Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania do not require FR44 or SR22 altogether. Finding out the exact requirements where you live is critical in securing a policy for license reinstatement.
Florida and Virginia, the only two states that require FR44 insurance for their DUI drivers has enjoyed much success from this program. For a number of reasons it turns out that FR44 car insurance is a benefit for everyone, including the policyholder. All states have 0.08 blood alcohol percentage as their standard legal limit. Likewise, FR44 insurance for DUI drivers may become a standard for all states due to its success in Florida and Virginia.
Car insurance policies from wherever you live with either a DUI, DWI, FR44 or SR22 are all very similar. However, the differences are critical in getting your license reinstated and how much you pay. Keep in mind requirements frequently change for convicted drivers. A knowledgeable independent insurance agent, licensed in your state, can explain the exact requirements needed and how much it will cost. The same agent can start the process by completing, binding, and submitting an application to the insurance company. The SR22 or FR44 Form is usually generated at point of sale, and submitted electronically as is required in Florida. A duplicate copy can generally be given to the applicant and brought to the DMV to expedite license reinstatement.