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Car insurance costs after getting an SR-22

If you’re in need of SR-22 insurance, you could be in a rush to get back on the road. Don’t worry: Filing for an SR-22 isn’t as complicated as it sounds.

Learn how much you might pay for an SR-22, how to start the filing process and how long you might have to carry it.

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Breaking down the actual cost of getting SR-22 insurance

Filing for an SR-22 comes with two costs: filing fees and higher insurance premiums.

Most insurance providers can charge between $15 to $35 fee for filing and renewing your SR-22. But more expensive than the filing fee is the higher premiums you’ll pay. Not all providers will agree to insure a high-risk driver. If they do, your premiums will likely increase as a result.

The cost of remaining insured as a high-risk driver varies depending on such factors as your age, your previous driving record and your provider. If you discover that your current provider will no longer cover you or that your premiums have skyrocketed, shop around for a new provider that’s willing to take you on at the best possible rate.

Not everyone that files for an SR-22 reports higher insurance premiums. The only way for you to know exactly how much you’ll pay overall is to get an insurance quote from a provider.

Will my rates go down after I no longer need an SR-22?

Most likely. But remember: It’s not the SR-22 that affects your premiums, it’s the conviction on your driving record.

Your driving record — along with your age, state of residence and other factors — are what ultimately determine your rate. Most insurance policies renew annually or every six months. Each time your policy is renewed with no new incidents to report, you could see decreased premiums.

Many insurance providers gradually lower your rates after three years following a conviction. To increase your chances of receiving lowered premiums from your provider, renew on time and practice safe driving on the road. The longer you stay free of incidents, the more likely you’ll see lower premiums with your renewals.

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How do I get an SR-22?

You must hold an active insurance policy before you can file for an SR-22. If you already carry a policy, contact your local insurance agent to ask that they file an SR-22 for you. If you don’t already have insurance, many providers offer free online quotes that include an SR-22.

Have the following information ready for your agent:

  • Your date of birth and Social Security number.
  • Your existing policy number, if you have one.
  • Your state of residence and driver’s license number.
  • The date your license was suspended.
  • The date you anticipate your SR-22 will no longer be required.
  • Any applicable information about your conviction.

Your provider will file an SR-22 on your behalf and notify you of any associated filing fees for handling the documents.

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Name Product Roadside assistance New car protection Available states
Included free
Yes, cars under 2 years old
All 50 states
Enjoy having your own dedicated agent to help you get the best discounts and coverage.
Optional
Yes, cars under 1 year old & 15,000 miles
All 50 states
Car insurance through Liberty Mutual will give coverage options for almost any situation.
Included free
No
AZ, AR, DE, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MD, MI, MS, MT, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT
Root offers simple, affordable insurance that’s ideal for good drivers. Try the Root app for 2 weeks and see how much you could save. Available in 20 states.
Included free
Yes, cars under 1 year old & 15,000 miles
All states except AK, DE, HI, MT, NH, VT, WY
Esurance offers a modern online and mobile experience that helps you take your insurance on the go. Available in 42 states.
Optional
Yes, cars under 1 year old & 15,000 miles
AZ, CA, IL, NJ, OR, PA, VA, WA
Drive less than 30 miles a day? Save on the coverage you need with pay-per-mile insurance from Metromile. Get a low monthly rate then pay just a few cents per mile. Available in AZ, CA, IL, NJ, OR, PA, VA and WA.

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How long does it take to process an SR-22?

It can take up to two weeks for your local department of motor vehicles to fully process your SR-22 documents. If your driving privileges are revoked until you’ve an SR-22 in place, follow up on the status of your insurance with either your provider or your local DMV before you get back behind the wheel.

How long will I be required to file SR-22 documents?

How long you’ll need to file for an SR-22 depends largely on where you live and the severity of your violation. However, most states require that you carry SR-22 insurance from three to five years. During this time, you will be considered a “high risk” driver so your premiums will be higher than normal.

You must maintain your insurance policy while you carry SR-22 insurance with no lapse and safe driving practices. If you miss a renewal, you could lose your SR-22 documents, pay steep fines and even find your license revoked.

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    KevinDecember 7, 2018

    I’m buying a truck off the lot and prolly gunna need full coverage. The truck isn’t brand new it’s a 1999 ford diesel. I have to have sr-22 insurance due to my DWI a couple years ago. How much will my rates be you think?

    • finder Customer Care
      ValDecember 11, 2018Staff

      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Most insurance providers can charge between $15 to $35 fee for filing and renewing your SR-22. But more expensive than the filing fee is the higher premiums you’ll pay. Not all providers will agree to insure a high-risk driver. If they do, your premiums will likely increase as a result.

      The cost of remaining insured as a high-risk driver varies depending on such factors as your age, your previous driving record and your provider.

      The only way for you to know exactly how much you’ll pay overall is to get an insurance quote from a provider.

      On the same page, you can check the top SR-22 providers and get a quote. Kindly review and compare your options in the table displaying the available providers. Once you have chosen a particular provider, you may then click on the “Go to site” button and you will be redirected to their website where you can proceed with the application or get in touch with their representatives for further inquiries you may have.

      Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria and read through the details of the needed requirements as well as the relevant Product Disclosure Statements/Terms and Conditions when comparing your options before making a decision on whether it is right for you.

      Regards,
      Val

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    PatriciaJuly 8, 2018

    I haven’t had my lic.for a very long time .I just found out that I can go for my lic but do not have a car . My question is how much am I looking at as for a MO : payments

    • finder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoJuly 22, 2018Staff

      Hi Patricia!

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder.

      If you’re notified that you need to file for SR-22 insurance but don’t own your own vehicle, you’ll might be required to file as a non-owner. Check with your local department of motor vehicles to learn whether a non-owner policy is required by your state.

      As for the monthly payments, you can read through the monthly payments on the information provided above that says “Breaking down the actual cost of getting SR-22 insurance”

      Hope this helps!

      Nikki

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