In the state of Washington, those who have been charged DUI – whether it is their first offense or their fifth – are required by law to obtain SR-22 (also known as Financial Responsibility) car insurance documentation. This documentation is required for DUI offenders, those caught operating an automobile without insurance, those with a suspended or revoked license, and individuals who have accrued too many traffic violations in a short period of time.
What is an SR-22 Insurance Form?
SR-22 is not a specific type of insurance itself, but is proof that a driver has auto insurance. If you have been caught driving under the influence of alcohol, you will likely be expected to carry this form with you for an extended period of time (often several years). If your insurance policy is canceled or lapses for any reason, then the insurance company is required to notify the state DMV of this incident and the driver will experience punishment, typically in the form of a suspended license.
The SR-22 form may be obtained from the driver's insurance company. The insurance provider will notify the state's DMV of the driver's acquisition of SR-22. If you have been charged with DUI, then you will need to contact your auto insurance company immediately to obtain the necessary documents.
If you would like to learn more about SR-22 forms and when they are necessary, call the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of The Cowan Kirk Law Firm today at 1-866-822-1230 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.